I eat organic food and do my best to consume organic beverages rather than your average store bought juice. I figured since I've tried to maintain a healthy diet, why not check into the benefits of different types of bottled water? I decided to take a deeper look. I know which are my favorite, which are tolerable and the brands that taste like tap water. I've been wondering whether or not it's worth spending the extra cash on some of the bottled waters that are out there. One thing I know for sure is that all waters are not created equally.
I describe the following brands of bottled water as "fad water" because they promise extra benefits such as a power boost or extra vitamins and look fun. The stylish labels on the bottles make them attractive and catch the eye of many health conscious consumers. The drawback of drinking fad water is that while many of them offer extra benefits, you might not realize that they can contain other ingredients that could very well be counterproductive. If you ask me, drink water because it is pure and your body needs it. If you want a drink with flavor or you want extra benefits, drink fruit juice or eat food rich in vitamins. Water is meant to keep you hydrated, healthy and quench your thirst. It shouldn't need to taste like candy or work like coffee. Chances are if it does, it's probably not good for you.
There are 13 grams of sugar per serving and most bottles contain 2.5 servings. Vitamin Water contains no fruit juice. A full bottle of Vitamin Water (2.5 servings) has only about 7 grams less sugar than a can of Coke. You will notice crystalline fructose listed in the ingredients but don't be fooled because it's just a fancy name for sugar. That's not pure sugar by the way, so it can raise blood-sugar levels. This amount of sugar can increase your body's production of insulin and lower your metabolism. This change in metabolism can also suppress your immune system so I say, "No thanks". Could drinking this type of water actually make you gain weight? I suppose it's possible.
Glaceau, the same company that owns Vitamin Water and Fruit Water also created Smart Water. The name of this water is meant to make you feel as if you've made a healthy and intelligent choice, but just how smart is Smart Water? Smart Water is referred to as the "new Vitamin Water" and it certainly sports a trendy label. Does this mean they've made an improvement in the sugar content or made a healthier version of Vitamin Water? It does have added calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as electrolytes so many people may see this drink as a healthier alternative to Gatorade. It has less sugar than Gatorade but consumers need to remember is that the "added vitamins" are usually the result of a chemistry experiment, better referred to as synthetic vitamins. If vitamins are what you're looking for, your best bet is to eat organic food, take organic whole food supplements and invest in a juicer. Quench your thirst the old-fashioned way with real water.
These are just a few examples of where we are heading when it comes to something as simple as water. What has happened in today's world that we are so consumed with commercial products that we cannot see the answer right under our nose? Don't get me wrong, I'm not so ancient that I can talk about the "good old days" but I'm also not ignorant to the fact that today's tasty quick fixes are not necessarily healthy choices. Water has been around since the dawn of time and if you ask me, if it's not broke, don't fix it. If it is healthy, don't taint it. We've sold ourselves to indulgence and little by little we go more for flavor than for health. Many people have good intentions to make healthier choices and search for ways to make it more interesting. Drinking this type of water is not the way to go. In fact, the amount of sugar in these types of water can actually contribute to dehydration!
Distilled Water Vs. Spring Water
Now that we know what not to do, which bottled water is the best? After all, there are so many to choose from, how do you know which ones are pure so you're not wasting your hard-earned money on filtered tap water? Distilled water loses many of the minerals found naturally in water and may draw minerals out of your body to replenish what it is missing. Distilled water is generally less satisfying in taste. Spring water maintains its minerals and is more refreshing and hydrating. You could say that the best choice here is fairly obvious.
What brand of spring water is the best? I've done enough taste tests to learn that Evian is by far the best bottled water, though the price is borderline ridiculous. The truth is that you get what you pay for when purchasing spring water. If you buy Walmart brand water for eighty-eight cents, that's exactly what it's going to taste like. Wild Harvest is a Shaw's brand and they too offer bottled water in gallons for just a dollar and change. This is what I use to cook my food and to drink in the summer when I consume more water. I've been splurging on Evian in the meantime. The main goal when shopping for pure spring water is to read the label and be sure that it contains no additives as these would take away from its natural state. Take a lemon, lime and some natural sugar and mix it in your water for those times that you simply must have flavor and hydration. Don't forget the most important thing. Ten glasses a day of pure spring water keeps you hydrated, healthy energized and looking great!
By: Francis David