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new vitamin water 10: weird-tasting

rudysmom Apr 18, 2009 06:38 PM

first of all, how many calories did the old vitamin water have?
i just picked up a bottle of the new stuff (yellow) and it has an odd bitter undertaste. maybe that's the stevia? can't say it's an improvement.

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    beevod Feb 18, 2011 06:54 AM

    Vitamin water? What will they think of next? Mineral water?

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    1. re: beevod
      Akitist Feb 18, 2011 07:31 AM

      In Japan they have a sports drink called Pocari Sweat. S'posed to replace electrolytes lost due to exercise. Unless they've changed the formula since ' 83 the stuff tastes dreadful.

    2. diverdan Feb 17, 2011 11:02 AM

      The old Vitamin Water was a great tasting enhanced water. I liked it for the flavor and really didn't care about the about the vitamins or other "stuff" it contained. But now, the NEW Vitamin Water with the new shiny label has more electrolytes in it and tastes like Gatorade. Why would they take a great product and "FIX" it? It now tastes like Kool-Ade made with sweat. Horrible!!!! Another good product bites the dust through unneeded corporate meddling. Why can't they just leave well enough alone?!?

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        jaypeezy Apr 23, 2009 08:27 AM

        stevia would be the cause of that bitter taste (almost like licorice if you try it alone)...it can also be very sweet if not controlled...i currently use sweetleaf packets (innulin fiber and stevia) and the package says that it is equivalent to 2 tsp of regular sugar for sweetness..

        1. Kajikit Apr 20, 2009 09:33 PM

          I love the regular vitamin water, not because it has 'vitamins' in it, but because I HATE soda and things with artificial sweeteners in them, and sometimes I get tired of drinking plain water. I haven't tried the new stuff yet, but if it tastes sweeter than the original I already know I won't like it - the old kind was just right.

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            bostoneight Apr 20, 2009 07:08 AM

            I am sorry to hear this I was looking forward to trying this stuff. So many of these drinks are far too sweet. I always end up with water or unsweetened iced tea

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              beevod Apr 20, 2009 07:46 AM

              Vitamin water just has to be one of today's better scams. I applaud the industry.

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                sweethunibabi Apr 20, 2009 01:04 PM

                My co-worker used to drink at least 2 bottles a day. Last summer, she came down simultaneously with a bladder infection and kidney stones. The doctor said those minerals deposit and can form stones. But the pink one is tasty.

                No thanks.

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                swissgirl Apr 20, 2009 01:04 PM

                These waters are too sweet on their own. However, I find splashing some into a glass of regular tap water adds some flavor while keeping the overly-sweetness at bay. Plus the bottle lasts longer (I keep a stash at work). I do this with the regular vitamin water (don't really care about the vitamins and purported health benefits, just the flavors) and also cheaper, flavored water found at Walgreens and Target. Haven't tried this new less sweet version of Vitamin water yet.

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                pepperqueen Apr 19, 2009 08:01 PM

                I guess I don't undestand why everyone is buying vitamin water, bottled water, bottled iced tea. It just dosn't make sense to me. I can make a galon of iced tea for about 15 cents . We fill bottles about 1/3 full and freeze and then fill when we are ready to go. If your water is not wonderful, get a water filter. This beats the cost of bottled water.

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                  jeanmarieok Apr 20, 2009 03:36 AM

                  Because we are all not as organized as you are. The new Vitamin Water 10 is a little syruppy for me. I really like the taste of the regular 'Energy' flavored water. Really yummy.

                2. poptart Apr 19, 2009 07:17 PM

                  I tried the 10 calorie stuff today....tasted very sweet. I wish they would simply make it with less sugar. Kinda like the pinkberry yogurt thing, there may well be a market for less-sweet drinks (other than iced tea), I know I'd be interested.

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                    rizzo0904 Apr 19, 2009 07:53 AM

                    Um, why not just drink regular water and take a multi-vitamin. I really don't get this vitamin water craze at all.

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                      monku Apr 19, 2009 08:26 AM

                      That would be too simple.
                      "Enhanced" water is the fastest growing beverage segment.
                      "Regular" bottled water sales are stagnant and there is basically no real brand loyalty....water is water?

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                        NellyNel Apr 20, 2009 07:28 AM

                        ..."there is basically no real brand loyalty....water is water?"

                        I beg to differ - I can only enjoy Poland Springs...i swear other brands just don't taste as crisp and refreshing!
                        Maybe it's all in my mind - but whatever - I am fiercely loyaly to PS - I won't buy anything else!

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                          monku Apr 20, 2009 03:10 PM

                          Good for you. No Poland Springs water here.
                          Nestle loves you for it.

                          One day at Costco I asked somone why they were buying the Kirland brand over Arrowhead brand and they said "water is water", what can I tell you.

                          In Los Angeles we have the best tasting water in the world, but people buy lots of bottled or filtered water. Why don't they bottle Los Angeles tap water?........because it doesn't sound sexy.

                          Not your imagination, there can be a difference in taste. Companies add or subtract minerals to make it taste better no matter where it comes from (a spring or the municipal water supply).

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                            goodhealthgourmet Feb 17, 2011 05:15 PM

                            In Los Angeles we have the best tasting water in the world,
                            really? i personally think the water in NYC is best...but anything's better than the horrid swamp sludge from the tap down in San Diego - compared to that stuff LA water tastes like heaven in a glass!

                            ETA: sorry monku, i just realize someone resurrected this thread 2 years after your post!

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                              Akitist Feb 18, 2011 07:23 AM

                              In LA it depends on what part of the city you're in. Some is sourced fron the Owens Valley, some from the Colorado River, and some from wells. Not economical to blend it centrally and distribute it.

                              Somewhere there's a video on the waste involved in bottled water, from the petroleum used to make the bottles to the disposal of same, including the litter problem.

                        2. re: rizzo0904
                          monku Apr 19, 2009 08:35 AM

                          VitaminWater is owned by Coca Cola.....must be good for you.

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                            rudysmom Apr 19, 2009 09:43 AM

                            i don't really care about the vitamins. i drink the yellow stuff for the caffeine, when i don't feel like coffee or fizzy stuff.

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                              chipman Apr 20, 2009 04:26 AM

                              Or, why not skip the vitamin and save your self some of your hard earned money?


                            2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 18, 2009 07:09 PM

                              the original formula contained about 125 calories per bottle.

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                                purple bot Apr 18, 2009 08:27 PM

                                actually more calories, I believe that it had something like 2.5 servings per bottle. misleading.

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                                  pinkprimp Apr 18, 2009 11:06 PM

                                  Yes, and each serving was 50 calories, thus 2.5 x 50 = 125 :-)

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                                    purple bot Apr 19, 2009 06:13 AM

                                    I stand corrected.

                              2. kubasd Apr 18, 2009 07:02 PM

                                i had the lemonade one (multi-v) and found it way too sweet, but the xxx-10 is pretty good

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