Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Vitamin Water


Update here.


There was a commercial not too far back for which the advertisement said something along the lines of: why take your water and vitamins separately when you can take them both in one drink?


I was a bit offended that the marketing group would think people would find the task of taking a vitamin too arduous. More importantly, they were selling the product as something that’s good for you. However the colour of these drinks would indicate otherwise. Pretty, though.


The information below was obtained from various sources on the interweb and I suspect the values given are actually greater. I adjusted the per serving amounts to represent the actual amounts contained in a bottle (all conversions represent 591ml). Ingredients are in grams and vitamins are in percent daily values. Blank cells indicate no information was obtainable to myself.



Life Water

Dasani Plus

Aquafina Alive

Aquafina +

Glacéau

Coke


Calories

100

0

0

120

100

110

Fat

0

0

0


0

0

Sodium

87.5

62.5

162.5


0

30

Total Carbs

25

2.5

0


32.5

30

Sugar

25

0

0


30

0*

Fiber

0

2.5

0


0


Vitamin A





50


Vitamin C

100


100

250

200


Vitamin E

20

10

10

24

50


Vitamin B3

10

10

50

25

50


Vitamin B5




35



Vitamin B6

10

10

50

60

50


Vitamin B12

10

10


25

50



* Coke uses high fructose corn syrup as its sugar, as indicated by the carbohydrate content.


Ingredients in these beverages may also include fun things like artificial flavours, though some do use natural flavourings.


In summary, vitamin waters have varying vitamin content and may be high in sugar. The marketing scheme would have one believing the product is of a healthy nature. Yet, I believe any high sugar beverage (even juice) should be consumed in moderation so as to keep the kidneys functional. In fact, a cheaper alternative to some of these drinks would be to simply water down some juice.


The best way to get your vitamins is through food and supplements.


References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6







2 comments:

  1. I have developed my own version of vitamin water, though more specifically it's highly diluted vitamin milk powder. For a 560ml, the drink contains about 145 calories and about 50% of the RDA of most vitamins. It also has protein. The recipe is a pouch of instant breakfast mix made with water instead of milk. Also, I think I have posted somewhere else about using these powdered vitamin mixes as a substitute for cream and sugar in coffee and tea.

    ReplyDelete