Vitamin Water Ingredients Explained
Are the vitamin water ingredients helpful for you? The creation of Gatorade at the University of Florida in the mid 60’s started the use of sports drinks by athletes. Since then we have seen Powerade come on the market from Coca Cola for the 1988 Olympics. Vitamin water has now become popular but the ingredients are far more than just vitamins in water.
Reverse Osmosis Water, Less than 1%: Rebiana (Stevia Extract), Fructose, Erythritol, Sorbitol, Calcium Lactate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Lactate, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Vitamin C, Gum Acacia, Beta-Carotene, Sorbitol, Modified Food Starch, Vitamin B3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12
So what exactly does each of these ingredients do?
Reverse Osmosis Water: water… with the other stuff taken out by passing it through a membrane.
Stevia: a sweetener which has had reports of being not great for you. Depends on who you believe at this point.
Fructose: a type of sugar so a sweetener.
Erythritol and sorbitol: sugar alcohols
Calcium Lactate, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Lactate: electrolyte sources, much like Gatorade
Citric Acid: flavoring and a preservative
Natural Flavors: different for each type and obviously not real specific so we really don’t know what they are.
Gum Acacia: a dietary fiber that dissolves in water
Modified Food Starch: an emulsifier. It helps substances to stay dissolved in water
Glycerol Ester of Rosin: another emulsifier to keep oils dissolved in water
Vitamins: pretty obvious, it’s vitamin water!
Now the reality of what you are drinking. Vitamin water ingredients (like all food labels) are listed in order of quantity in the item. Water is #1 which it should be. #2 – #4 are all sweeteners and add calories. A 20-ounce bottle will have 125 calories which is only 15 calories less than a coke. The largest issue is with fructose. Glucose is converted to blood sugar and glycogen in the body as an energy source. Fructose cannot be used in the same way so your body converts it directly to triglycerides – fat.
The added vitamins are water soluble so your body will use what it needs and gets rid of the rest in your urine. Your body will not store the extra amount. Consuming more than you need after having eaten a balanced diet over the course of the day is pointless.
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Marketing is a wonderful thing. The perception is that vitamin water is healthy for you and is better than water or coke. Much like energy drinks and soft drinks, vitamin water ingredients leave you with a whole lot of calories when the intent is to consume vitamins. You are better off eating well and drinking water.
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