Vitamin Water good for you?
All I know about Vitamin Water is that it made 50 Cent really, really rich, but I went to look up the ingredient list:
Reverse Osmosis Water, Less than 1% of: Rebiana (Stevia Extract) and Crystalline Fructose and Erythritol (Natural Sweeteners), Calcium Lactate and Potassium Phosphate and Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Lactate (Electrolyte Sources), Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Gum Acacia, Beta-Carotene, Sorbitol, Modified/Food Starch, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate), Glyceryl Ester of Rosin, Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine Hydrochloride), Vitamin B12.
I guess that since it contains less than one percent sugar technically you can call it sugar-free. Drink plain ice water.
You're drinking the Zero? So the question is what have they replaced the sugar *with*. I am not a fan of artificial sweeteners, but someone on a website posted that the Zero drink used stevia. Stevia, the last time I checked, was still a decent alternative to sugar (I could be wrong).
Even so, I think it would be going too far to call the drink 'healthy'. I might call it 'not un-healthy', as long as there aren't huge gaps in your diet that you're trying to fill by drinking this. Maxie was right: google vitamin water nutritrion. You also might want to deconstruct the drink as you seek out info. Look on the bottle itself and do a search for the listed sweeteners, anything you are unfamiliar with, and also whether or not the vitamins you are consuming in this fashion are water-soluable, and/or dependant upon other vitamins or minerals for absorption.
It's a sweetend (either fake or natural) soft drink/beverage that's not going to be much difference than coke, sweet tea, gatorade, etc. I wouldn't call it any healthier than anything else in its class, but I do have to say there are a couple of types of it that function well as recovery drinks after a five mile run in the Florida summer humisery, and it's easier to find than Gatorade Endurance Formula (my old summer running standby) is these days.