Need your daily dose of vitamins? Drink Vitamin Water!

Vitamin Water
Vitamin WaterMarketing is a very powerful thing. But being a conscious consumer and being aware ofย what you put into your body is an even more powerful thing.
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I was at the grocery store last night when I saw these Vitamin Waters on the shelves. I had just finished dinner and a margarita with my friend at a nearby restaurant, so I was feeling a little feisty…thus me actually taking a moment to look at the ingredients in a “Vitamin” Water and seethe silently in the aisle. …Also why I decided to post this *today* and not last night in the moment. ๐Ÿ˜‚
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You would think “Vitamin Water” is relatively healthy. Getting ALL your vitamins in one deliciously flavored bottle. I mean, it’s called “Vitamin Water” and many of them are super-charged with things like acai and pomegranate, “vital-t” and squeezed lemonade. The colors are also pretty snazzy too…

But look BEYOND the label and marketing…this Vitamin Water is one of the furthest things from healthy. ย 

32g of SUGAR
#1 ingredient? Water.
#2 ingredient? Sugar (“crystalline fructose”)
#3 ingredient? Sugar (“cane sugar”)
LESS THAN .5% of …….a long list of “vitamins” and “natural flavors” (aka not natural flavors)
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LESS THAN .5% is the “vitamin” part of this drink.
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The American Heart Association says the MAXIMUM amount of *added* sugars you should eat in a day is 25g for women and 37.5g for men. (Although, in my opinion, you should always keep added sugar intake as low as you can.)
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This drink has 32g of sugar in it. ONE drink. That doesn’t include anything else you are eating that day.

Guys. If you eat a relatively healthy diet throughout the day, get your servings of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein and good fats…you will have ALL of these vitamins and SO much more. Bonus? You’re not putting crap in your body.

Ideally, we would avoid things like “Vitamin Water” and everything else with processed sugar. But I know that’s not realistic for many of us (including me!), nor is it fun.

I’m all about BALANCE. Be conscious and informed about what you put in your body. Eat as much fresh, unpackaged foods as possible. Drink your Shakeology. But also enjoy going out for ice cream, having a drink with your friend, baking your significant other’s favorite cookies (maybe with a healthier recipe?? ;) ), eating greasy pizza at 1am on a Friday night. But don’t make it a daily thing.

Health is about balance. Healthy comes from knowing your body and knowing what you put into your body. Be CONSCIOUS of marketing and labeling and understand that you’ll probably want to avoid stuff like “Vitamin Water,” or drink once in a great while.

Hell, make your own “Vitamin Water” by putting fresh fruit slices and berries in your water. I LOVE putting lemon and lime or raspberries in my water.

Eat real, fresh, whole foods and that will be all the “Vitamin Water” your body will need <3

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