Vitamin Water - Unhealthy Bottled Brands vs Homemade Versions
by Nancy Hearn

bottled vitamin water

The idea of drinking vitamin water is definitely appealing. I don’t know of anyone who actually enjoys taking vitamin supplements in pill form. I also know that many people don’t like the taste of plain water.

However, the type of vitamin water most people are familiar with, the bottled brand Vitaminwater®, owned by Glacéau, a privately owned subsidiary of Coca-Cola company, is unhealthy—to say the least.

Yet Coca-Cola has marketed their Vitaminwater® for years as a healthful beverage.

In fact, the company has claimed Vitaminwater® reduces the risk of chronic disease, promotes healthy joints, supports immune function, and may also help reduce the risk of eye disease.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Vitaminwater® Deception by Coca-Cola

Even Coca-Cola’s attorneys recently admitted that Vitaminwater® is unhealthy in response to a lawsuit filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In court briefings, one of the attorneys replied, “No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater® was a healthy beverage.”

According to CSPI litigation director Steve Gardner, “For too long, Coca-Cola has been exploiting Americans’ desire to eat and drink more healthfully by deceiving them into thinking that Vitaminwater® can actually prevent disease.”

Gardner says, “In fact, Vitaminwater® is no more than non-carbonated soda, providing unnecessary added sugar and contributing to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases. We look forward to representing all Americans whom Coke has deceived.”

Read the Label and Decide for Yourself

So what makes Vitaminwater® so unhealthy?

Without reading the label, you would assume the beverage contains primarily vitamins and water.

However, the main ingredients are sugar and water. A more fitting name for the product should be Sugarwater.

Each 20-ounce bottle of Vitaminwater® contains 33 grams of sugar!

The sugar added is crystalline fructose, a processed sweetener linked to numerous health problems. It’s hardly a health drink.

In addition, the so-called vitamins added to the beverage are synthetic vitamin chemicals—not the natural nutrients your body could actually assimilate and utilize.

Make Your Own Fruit-Flavored Vitamin Water

Don’t be fooled. Drinking Coca-Cola’s line of vitamin and electrolyte-enhanced waters are unhealthy and a waste of money.

If you prefer to take your vitamins in liquid or powdered form rather than pill form, there are many healthy, affordable alternatives.

In fact, one option is to make your own fruit-flavored, vitamin water by adding 2 to 3 ounces of your own freshly juiced, organic fruits and vegetables to your filtered drinking water.

Or you can purchase one of the nutrient-dense juice beverages found at most health food stores, which contain one or more of the following organic, plant-based super foods:

  • goji berries
  • mangosteen
  • seabuckthorn berries
  • blueberries
  • raspberries
  • acerola cherries
  • noni
  • and amalaki.

I like adding seabuckthorn superfruit the best because not only does it provide the nutrient and antioxidant benefits of the super berries, but it contains a perfect balance of omega fatty—3, 6, 7 & 9!

The omega fatty acid content of seabuckthorn is unusual yet highly beneficial for a super fruit.

Be sure to check the labels and avoid products that add sugar, high fructose corn syrup, flavorings, or other additives.

Add Super Greens to Your Vitamin Water

I add a super green nutrient called E3Live to my water to make my favorite homemade vitamin water.

I add 1 to 2 ounces of the E3AFA crystal flakes powder or E3Live liquid to my ionized water for an energy- and mood-enhancing beverage.

There are a number of other super green powders available online or in health food stores, which are rich in vitamins and minerals.

Many of these products include one or more powdered super greens, such as spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella, alfalfa, wheat grass, barley grass, purple dulse seaweed, beetroot, moringa, and spinach leaf.

Many of these formulas are nutrient saturated, plant-based, vitamin and mineral concentrates that are rapidly assimilated by the body—with no added sugars or chemicals.

You simply add a tablespoon or two of the powder to your filtered water or juice.

Some of these super greens taste better than others and I recommend taking them with organic juice diluted 50% with water until you get used to the taste.

Drinking plenty of clean water daily and eating organic foods, including super fruits and super greens, can help to neutralize the numerous toxins we are all exposed to on a daily basis.

As far as I am concerned, understanding how to minimize exposure to toxins AND how to help our bodies neutralize their effects through diet and lifestyle is absolutely essential these days, not only for optimal health but to help prevent serious diseases like cancer.

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