These 4 Flavored Waters Aren't as Healthy as They Seem

Skip bottled flavored waters in favor of making your own, healthier version
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Does anyone still believe that Vitamin Water is healthy?

There’s no reason to believe that any “water” with an ingredients list longer than one item is actually water. Further, if something claims to be a healthy flavored water, you should be able to pronounce all of the ingredients’ names and find each and every item that is listed in nature. Water with lemon is healthy. Certain flavored waters, however, probably shouldn’t exist.

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The ingredients in Propel may not include sugar, but they still are a little daunting. Propel contains sucralose, a nutritionally empty artificial sweetener.

Sparkling ICE
Water is healthy. Sparkling ICE, however, totes a remarkably long list of ingredients, many of which you can’t pluck off a tree, and it’s further complicated by the fact that this is a zero calorie option. Here’s what Lemon Lime looks like:

“Carbonated Water, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Benzoate (To Ensure Freshness), Gum Arabic, Sucralose, Green Tea Extract, Ester Gum, Calcium Disodium EDTA (To Protect Flavor) Yellow #5, Biotin 1% Trit. (Maltodextrin), Niacinamide (B3), D-Calcium Pantothenate (B5), Vitamin B12 0.1% (Mannitol), Vitamin D3, Pyridoxine HCI (B6), Blue #1.”

Oh, by the way, Blue 1 and Yellow 5 are banned from consumption in some countries and require a warning label in others.

Nestlé® Pure Life® Splash is similar to Propel. Its ingredients list contains a bunch of chemical-sounding words for vitamins as well as sucralose and preservatives. You’d be much better off infusing your own water with fruit.


Vitamin Water
Does anyone still believe that Vitamin Water is healthy? It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this sugary water is lacking in health benefits. Sure, it has vitamins added to it, but you could also add a packet of powdered vitamins into a chocolate cake.