As trendy as they are, do popular, celebity-touted vitamin waters have staying power? And, more importantly, are they really that good for you?
Vitamin water or sugar water?
These days, everyone from super slugger Derek Jeter (Gatorade’s G2) to super model Naomi Campbell (SoBe’s LifeWater) are shilling enhanced and enriched sports drinks. Glaceau’s Vitamin Waterâ€”which snagged headlines last May after being bought by Coca-Cola for $4.1 billionâ€”was a staple on the scene at least week’s Fashion Week in New York City, with svelte runway models sipping the low-cal beverage backstage.
But don’t reach for the 2-liter of diet soda
That is not to say you are better off chugging a liter of Diet Dr Pepper instead. Most vitamin drinks avoid artificial sweeteners and can replenish electrolytes, which you may need after strenuous workouts. But experts agree that it is better to stay hydrated with plain, ol’ H20. You do not really need to drink your vitamins. However, if you feel better drinking vitamin-infused waters, there are healthier choices.
The healthier vitamin waters
For a flavor punch, try those that are sweetened with all-natural juices instead of sugar, like VITAL Lifestyle Water (also contains vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, and B12 among its four flavors) and owater (its infused line contains a touch of natural caffeine for energy-seekers).