Have you turned to commercial flavoured water to get your required H2O intake? Before you spend a ton of money and ingest liters of this substance, read this guest article by Dixie Somers to make a more informed decision.
Soft drink moguls Coca-Cola and Pepsi have both found a winner in flavoured water. Accounting for over $300 million dollars in sales a year, this popular drink is a hit amongst people trying to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle. But how healthy is it? There has been more and more debate lately on what ingredients are added, and how they affect the human body. Keep reading to get an inside look at how your favorite “healthy” drink might not be doing your body any favors.
The unfortunate truth about flavoured waters is that to achieve a strong flavor, there is going to be either natural or artificial sugars involved. While not necessarily at high levels, they could still be plenty enough to cause cavities and other dental problems. It’s still not a reliable alternative to getting your vitamins from the proper intake of vegetables, fruits, and other foods. Some of these drinks actually use high fructose corn syrup, which has the ability to suppress the body’s natural ability to recognize when it isn’t hungry, making you think you still must eat.
If you’re in the business of calorie counting, it may interest you to know that many bottles of flavoured water are on average packing about 120 calories. This makes it a poor alternative to regular water or other beverages when attempting to lose weight. It’s true that some have zero calories, but they are few and far between. If your flavoured water contains natural sugar, this may be a high source of those calories.
Flavoured Water Effects on Teeth
Unfortunately, these drinks do have food coloring in the water to give them the unique color associated with each flavor. Food color will stain teeth, even if only a small bit. The food colorings also contain traces of harmful elements lead, arsenic, chromium, and mercury, albeit small amounts that are deemed acceptable by the FDA. Additionally, according to Dr. Murray Knebel, a dentist in Calgary, the flavoured water that boasts Vitamin C may be problematic since the vitamin is acidic enough to harm tooth enamel (especially if consumed in large quantities.)
A healthy alternative to flavoured water can be found at most grocery stores. There are sparkling water choices that are injected with natural juices in lieu of sweeteners, which effectively kills the calorie count. Regardless, it’s important to check out the ingredients and nutrition label before finalizing any purchase. Pay special attention to the ingredients used: nutrients, sweeteners, and flavorings. Additionally, check to see if the container uses one or more serving on its listing. A cheaper option is to experiment and make your own flavoured water at home with natural, and truly healthy ingredients.
While some people find water too “plain,” drinking flavoured drinks, be they soda, sports drinks, or flavoured water, typically means making an unhealthy choice. If you drink ample amounts of water every day, the occasional sugary drink will not do you in—however, those who constantly replace natural water with artificial alternatives may suffer the consequences over time. When it comes to liquid consumption, just remember that plain water is always the best choice for nourishment, hydration, and overall health for the body.
About the Author
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer from Arizona. You can find her on Google+.
Do you have any infused water recipes you’d like to share? I blogged a few of them on G Force Home Fitness’ blog: 5 Refreshing & Healthy Summer Drink Recipes.