Vitamin waters were touted as the solution to the carbonated sugary drinks that have been attributed with increasing the risk of tooth decay, obesity, diabetes and other general health concerns. The promise of a great tasting drink, fortified with vitamins and in formulations aimed at various health and beauty interests, it sounds too good to be true!

When making healthy food and beverage choices, read the nutritional panel. It will give you a lot of the information you need to make a good decision. An important consideration is the sugar content. Note here that many types of vitamin waters contain around 32g of sugar which provides 120 calories from sugar in about 600mL. There are varieties with non-caloric sweeteners too which may seem like a healthier option. Consider this though: both varieties of vitamin waters, with and without sugars have a pH of 3-3.5 which is erosive and damaging to teeth with frequent consumption.

Vitamin waters may also contain artificial colours, and flavours. When you weigh up the factors such as sugar content, acidity, and artificial ingredients, you may find that water and a piece of fresh fruit will give you the nutrients your body needs.

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