Choose Natural Health Drinks Over Vitamin Water

Presuming vitamin water products are health drinks that enhance the benefits of drinking water is like believing that colorful candy is ok for you because it’s fat free. To really improve upon the benefits of drinking water, it is best to search online for natural health drinks that contain live enzymes, real whole food nutrients, and alkaline ingredients.

What do those candy colored bottles of vitamin water really provide and are they health drinks? The big selling point for a bottle of kiwi-strawberry vitamin water suggests it will somehow enhance “focus”. The first draw is that this drink looks like pink cotton candy. Next, it is obvious to see what is missing from the ingredients list for these health drinks, not one mention of kiwi or strawberry, only “natural flavor”. In fact, on this bottle of “nutrient enhanced water beverage” the label states that it contains less than 1% fruit juice. Looking closely, it is quite apparent that these vitamin water health drinks are really just distilled, de-ionized water, sugar, artificial sweeteners, fake coloring, and chemically isolated vitamins and minerals.

One astounding nutrition fact to see on the label of this enhanced vitamin water is that each bottle contains 2.5 servings, which is where the total amount of sugar in one bottle can be deceiving. The nutrition fact label reveals 13g of sugar, but that is per serving, not bottle. Multiply 13g times 2.5 servings and that adds up to 32.5 grams of sugar in each bottle, more than most any other drink, including sodas. The first ingredient listed on this vitamin water label, after the de-mineralized water, is crystalline fructose, which might best be described as modified corn starch. That is what this chemically created pink drink tastes like, liquid candy, only with less appeal and more of a chemical aftertaste. After a few sips, it is easy to begin to clearly focus on how these health drinks do not enhance the benefits of drinking water.

Look closely at the vitamins in these vitamin water health drinks. According to the label, each serving contains 10% of your daily requirements for Vitamins A, B3, B6, B12, and B5 plus a hefty 40% of your daily allowance of Vitamin C. The inadequacy is that these vitamins are not from any whole foods such as real strawberries or kiwis. Remember, those whole foods were missing from the ingredients. Therefore, the live enzymes needed to help the body absorb the vitamins are not there. Nutrition facts reveal that whole foods like fruits and veggies include live enzymes, which act as catalysts for vitamins and minerals to work in the body. Without those whole food properties in health drinks, vitamins are not easily absorbed and are more than likely flushed out of the body and right down the toilet. So, it is obvious that very few of those vitamins in vitamin water are actually being put to use by the body.

This is why it is an intelligent consumer who makes the effort to look past vitamin water sales gimmicks and celebrity endorsements, read ingedients lists and nutrition fact labels, learn about health drinks with live enzymes, whole foods, and how the body absorbs nutrients. If you are serious about your health and want something above and beyond a vitamin water gimmick, search the web. Look for information online about whole foods and natural health drinks to seriously enhance the benefits of drinking water, or anything else you are putting in your body.

As owner of, author Cliff Everett Smith is constantly investigating the latest nutrition facts. He used comparisons between natural health drinks and enhanced vitamin water drinks in writing this. Visit his online health food store for advanced products, like pure liquid stevia, not sold in retail stores.