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isa1 Jul 7, 2010 08:30 AM

I drink Vitamin Water zero all the time and this morning decided to do some research to see how healthy/unhealthy it is. I can't seem to find articles, any help is appreciated.

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    maxie Jul 7, 2010 08:45 AM

    Vitamin water is full of sugar. You can find articles by searching on "vitamin water nutrition"

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      beachmouse Jul 7, 2010 08:58 AM

      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.

      1. onceadaylily Jul 7, 2010 09:09 AM

        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.

        1. MandalayVA Jul 7, 2010 09:37 AM

          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.

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