Vitamin Waters, Health Drinks and Other Great Looking Bottles of Sugar Water
Let’s face it, water might be good for you but it’s so boring. But call it a “vitamin water,” make it in beautiful pastel colors and call it “good for you” and “healthy,” add as much sugar as in a soft drink and a whole lot of caffeine and you have a champion. The problem is most people have more vitamins than they need, since the average American diet supplies the recommended dietary allowance of vitamins and minerals.
In addition vitamins E, A, D and K do not dissolve in water and can only be absorbed with a meal containing fat. So what’s the value of putting them into a bottle of water? To taste good, 32 grams of sugar- the same as a can of soft drink is added. One of the issues is fooling yourself into thinking that drinking 32 grams of sugar is “healthy.”
What is actually in or not in a 125 calorie bottle of Vitamin water besides the sugar?
Sodium, protein and fat are zero, potassium: 150 mg, Vitamins: Vitamin C: 40%, Vitamin B3: 20%, Vitamin B6: 20%, Vitamin B12: 20%, Vitamin B5: 20,Caffeine: 70-200 mg, trace amounts of Amino acids(L.- Carnation and Taurine– natural product produced by body)., Guarana (stimulant from a plant,) Ginseng(herb), Ginko Bilob(from a tree), and antioxidants.
Caffeine is the “magic” energy compound:
A cup of coffee has 120 mg, and can of soda has 41 mg of caffeine. Caffeine produces alertness, at the same time it may cause dehydration, heart rate and blood pressure elevation as well as insomnia, headaches and anxiety. A lot of people experience significant side effects above 200mg which is about 2 cups of coffee or 4 cokes. The amino acids L-Carnation and Taurine are natural products made in the body. There is no need to add extra amounts, and there is NO proof they have any weight loss benefit. The plant products Guarana, Ginko Biloba and Ginseng have NO proven medical benefits. The same vitamins and minerals can be found in a tablet of any over the counter multi-vitamin tablet without all the sugar and zero calories.
The issue again like the sports drinks is not to be fooled by the “healthy” aura that surrounds these drinks. Look at the label.
Sugar by Any Other Name Is Still SUGAR-It’s All over the Place
Sweeteners that add calories to a beverage go by many different names and are not always obvious to anyone looking at the ingredients list. Some common caloric sweeteners are listed below. If these appear in the ingredients list of your family’s favorite beverage, they are drinking a sugar-sweetened beverage with lots of calories.
- Succant: Sugar cane, water removed. Minerals and molasses are retained. Sucrose and invert sugars.
- Barley Malt Syrup: Sprouted barley. Dark brown, thick and sticky; strong distinctive flavor, like molasses. sweet as white sugar.
- Molassas: 70 percent sucrose. The dark, syrupy “leftovers” from the sugar-refining process.
- Maple syrup: From sap of maple trees about 40 gallons of sap produce 1 gallon of syrup; 60% sucrose plus invert sugars;
- Fructose: simple sugar from honey, tree fruits, berries, melons
- Fruit juice concentrates: Peach, pear, grape, and pineapple juice most common. sucrose, some natural fructose.
- Honey: Extracted from flower nectar by bees. Fructose, glucose, sucrose
- High fructose corn syrup: Enzymatic treatment of hydrolyzed corn starch converts glucose to fructose, various concentrations of fructose and glucose become HFCS’s.
- Sucrose: mixture of sucrose and frutose, from sugar cane, table sugar
- Date Sugar: Ground, dehydrated dates. Sucrose, glucose, fructose, complex carbohydrates