The 5 Worst Ingredients in Flavored Water

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The 5 Worst Ingredients in Flavored Water Do you like the taste of water? If not, you’re not alone. There is a growing market for flavor-enhanced water because so many of us just don’t enjoy drinking water. Flavored waters might help us stay hydrated, but they come at a cost. Check out this ingredient list from one popular brand:

Reverse osmosis water, less than 1% of: erythritol and stevia leaf extract (as natural sweeteners), calcium lactate and calcium phosphate and potassium phosphate 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), glycerol ester of rosin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B12, phosphoric acid

Clearly, there’s more in the bottle than just water. Here’s another:

Water, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Malic Acid, Contains Less than 2% of Natural Flavor, Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium (Sweeteners), Potassium Citrate, Red 40, Blue 1, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative).

And another:

Reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose and cane sugar (sweeteners), less than 0.5% of: citric acid, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), fruit and vegetable juice (color), natural flavors, berry and fruit extracts (apple, pomegranate, açai and blueberry), magnesium lactate and calcium lactate and potassium phosphate (electrolyte sources), vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate), beta-carotene, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B12, manganese citrate, gum acacia

And yet another:

Purified water. Contains less than 2% of natural flavor, citric acid, sodium citrate, sucralose,sodium hexametaphosphate, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate to protect flavor.

I could go on, but I think you get the point. Something’s wrong here. Why do bottled fruit-flavored waters need so many added ingredients?

1. Sugar

You might think you’re making a healthy choice by choosing flavored water, but one brand I looked at had 32 grams of sugar in one serving, equal to 7.6 teaspoons!

2. Artificial Sweeteners

Sucralose and acesulfame potassium are the artificial sweeteners most commonly used in flavored waters. While they don’t contribute calories, there is speculation about the safety of both sweeteners. While yet unconfirmed, we think it’s best to stay away from artificial additives in food and drinks as much as possible. Our bodies just weren’t made to process them.

3. Artificial Colors

 Artificial colors are petroleum-based, and have been linked to ADHD, anxiety, migraines and cancer. Again, why choose to add something artificial to your body if other, better choices are available?

4. Preservatives

Some of the listed preservatives are derived from natural (although highly processed) sources. Potassium Sorbate, on the other hand, has been shown to cause changes in human DNA and stress the immune system, while Sodium Benzoate is a rocket fuel that forms the carcinogen benzene when combined with citric acid (one of those natural preservatives)!

5. Stabilizers

Propylene Glycol, also used as an ingredient in anti-freeze and to de-ice airplanes, is used in one brand to ensure the flavor remains consistent throughout the entire bottle. It has also been known to cause allergic reactions on the skin, and kidney and liver damage.

Can you see why we’re a little dubious about the health benefits of getting your daily hydration from flavored water? Why not instead learn to love plain old water? You might just find water filtered with RevitaLife to be quite tasty and refreshing. And when a craving hits? Just add fresh fruit!