Many famous manufacturers are advertising the Vitamin Water as a healthy hydrating drink. Although this beverage has been assigned numerous health benefits which range from prevention of chronic diseases, decrease of eye disease risk to healthy joints and optimal immune function, none of this is even near the truth.
In short here is what John Robbins, Esq., PhD., M.D. says in his Mat Hoffman Post article:
the product is basically sugar-water, to which about a penny’s worth of synthetic vitamins have been added. And the amount of sugar is not trivial. A bottle of vitamin water contains 33 grams of sugar, making it more akin to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage.
This is what “orange-orange”-flavored vitamin water contains:
Reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, less than 0.5% of: citric acid, magnesiumlactate and calcium lactate and potassium phosphate (electrolyte sources), natural flavors, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), gum acacia, vitamin B3 (niacinamide), vitamin E (alpha-tocopheryl acetate), vitamin B5 (calcium pantothenate), glycerol ester of rosin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), vitamin B12, beta-carotene, modified food starch, sorbitol.
The amounts of sugar in Vitamin Water are soaring. Just one 500ml bottle has 27 grams of sugar, which is approximately 8 teaspoons of sugar.
Crystalline fructose is made when fructose-enriched corn syrup crystallizes into fructose. So essentially, it is corn syrup, and not plain corn syrup, but “fructose enriched” corn syrup that makes up crystalline fructose. It contains 99.5% minimum of fructose assay, which is a much higher percentage of fructose than what makes up high fructose corn syrup. Crystalline fructose is likely contaminated with arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals. Increased belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are just a few disorders this type of fructose leads to. Large quantities of fructose can result in a fatty liver and cirrhosis as it cannot be processed entirely in the liver. Fructose inhibits and modifies the metabolic processes in our cells thus causing oxidative damage.
As synthetic vitamins are super-processed, which means they are often synthetic derivatives manufactured at high temperatures, they can hardly be broken down and absorbed by the body. What’s more, these usually contain artificial or toxic ingredients, such as dyes, preservatives, coal tars, sugars, starch and other additives.
Organic Consumers (www.organicconsumers.org) cautions people against these chemically produced vitamins due to the fact that these often contain petrochemical derivatives, nicotine and coal tars, which are by-products of coal. In addition, some vitamins like A and E are not water-soluble which implies that your body cannot dispose of the excess. So in case you take more than you need, you practically put your health in danger. This will eventually result in accumulation of toxins and thus in health issues. Synthetic Vitamins also draw nutrients like calcium and magnesium out of the bones.
Artificial food colors are a major threat to both children and adults. The Center for Science in the Public Interest claims that all of these contain possible cancerous substances and most of them can potentially produce adverse allergic reactions.
“The three most widely used dyes, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6, are contaminated with known carcinogens … Another dye, Red 3, has been acknowledged for years by the Food and Drug Administration to be a carcinogen, yet is still in the food supply.”
As proper body hydration is heavily dependent on pure water, this is your best choice in terms of maintaining good health at all times.