Caesar salad and veggie burgers may not be the only foods masquerading as nutritious. The Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) and the British Heart Foundation recently announced Vitaminwater doesn’t have all the benefits it boasts. Vitaminwater claims to be simply spring water mixed with fruit juice, yet the CFC claims only three of their eight flavors actually contain juice, and those flavors use juice from concentrate.

Vitaminwater’s popular tagline, "vitamins + water = all you need," may be deceptive. The National Consumers League points out these drinks are also packed with sugar and excess calories— up to 125 calories per bottle. In response to these accusations, CocaCola (the company behind Vitaminwater) says it removed the reference to fruit juice in Vitaminwater from its website.

Water is a key component of good health, and (sorry, folks) sugar-filled H20 can’t replace it. Make sure to carefully read all nutrition labels on the backs of those bottles, and stick to the pure stuff: at least nine cups of water for ladies and 13 for gents How much water do we really need to drink? Meinders, A.J., Meinders, A.E. St. Antonius Ziekenhuis, afd. Interne Geneeskunde, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands. Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 2010;154:A1757. .


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