How many glasses of water do you drink in a day? Most people don’t drink enough water, myself included. These days there are tons of free apps and online tools available to track your water intake, but one thing these apps do not take into account are the kinds of the water you’re consuming.
About ten years ago, a new innovation changed that way that many consume water. It was seen as a positive development as it promoted drinking more water. It was a way to cut back on sugary, high calorie beverages, while offering an appealing range of flavours. Many brands started introducing their own versions, the brand that stands out in my mind is crystal light. These individual sticks of powder grew in popularity as a health conscious beverage option in the market.
Fast forward to present day, these zero calorie water enhancers are still as popular as ever. Mio, Sweet Leaf, Dasani, Aquafina, Powderaid, MinuteMaid, Kool-Aid are just a few of many brands available. Today, instead of a powder they come in a high concentrated liquid form. These low-cost portable bottles can be found in the drink aisle at grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores. People love them because all you need to do is add a few drops to a glass or bottles of water. They add sweetness, flavour and colour. Beverage companies claim these will assist for you to drink more water and go as far as promoting them to athletes to enhance vitamin, mineral and electrolyte intake.
The real question is what’s really hiding in these ‘healthier’ drink options?
A Few Common ingredients found in almost all brands:
Propylene Glycol—Used to prevent discolouration over time. It is known to cause serious health conditions over times as its used in the production of antifreeze and polyester.
Sucralose- Also known as Splenda. It is an extremely dangerous artificial sweetener. Studies have shown that consuming sucralose alters gut flora and absorption of nutrients in a negative way, therefore the as soon as you add in your Mio you’ve officially lost anything good that the water had to offer your body.
Acesulfame Potassium— Another dangerous artificial sweetener, known to cause nausea, headaches, liver problems, mood swings, loss of nutrients in digested food. It contains methylene chloride (a carcinogen) and is 200X sweeter than normal sugar.
Artifical colours—Used in a wide range of foods and beverages. Created in a lab using a variety of chemicals to produce vibrant colours. There can be up to hundreds of chemicals used to produce one colour…enough said.
Your body is a temple, why contaminate it with ingredients that are known to cause cancer, allergic reactions, headaches and more? If you want to drink something other than water, try a fresh juice! They only contain fresh fruits and vegetables and are naturally sweetened. They contain no enhancing ingredients because real fruits and veggies don’t need enhancing – your body will be thanking you!