Debunking Health Drinks

By: Martha Spencer Email
By: Martha Spencer Email

From Tiger Water, promising 25 percent more electrolytes to vitamin water's catchy flavors; when did plain old water become not good enough?

Katie Hartzog, a registered nutritionist at Southeast Alabama Medical Center says, "B vitamins are called your energy vitamins because they're used in your energy metabolism, but again, most people will get enough through their diet. You don’t need it in extra water and being that it’s a water soluble vitamin, if you get more than your body needs, it’s going to flush it out."

Special K's Protein Water boasts as being the dietary exchange of one serving of lean meat.

Sobe's Life Water claims to provide 25 percent of your daily B-6 and B-12 requirement, but it also has 24 grams of sugar.

"To do the math, four grams of sugar equals one teaspoon of sugar so look at your drink; if there are 40 grams of sugar in it, there’s 10 teaspoons of sugar " said Hartzog.

That equals about eight teaspoons of sugar in those tasty vitamin waters. But there may be a few benefits/

"It sorta’ gets people in the mindset to wanna’ do something healthy, whether it’s come to the gym, walk a mile or maybe eventually make the transition to drink plain water, which is the best thing for you," said Personal Trainer Jason Despain of Gold's Gym in Dothan.

However, there is a difference between sugar and caffeine-loaded energy drinks and sports drinks.

Hartzog explains, "There’s a lot of science behind Gatorade, there is a purpose for Gatorade, but again, it was made for athletes in a very hot and humid environment. So, if someone’s drinking a Gatorade or some other drink in a gym for 30 minutes, there’s no point, we just need to drink water, plain water."

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