Vitamin Water offers no health benefits

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor

Since I was a little girl, I have been involved in athletic programs, from the district soccer team to the school’s track and field team.

Throughout the athletic history, staying hydrated is the key to survival, yet athletics and companies are finding different beverages to stay quenched.

Vitamin Water has become the “new trend” to staying hydrated and healthy.  The fetish seemed to start when I was in sixth grade when all my friends were accompanying their lunches with the latest flavor of Vitamin Water.

Vitamin Water is made under the same company as Coca Cola and other popular soft drinks. While many people swear by the drink to stay healthy, the nutritional value of the drink proves otherwise.

Vitamin Water is no better than drinking a can of Coke or any other soft drink.  According to the Huffington Post, Vitamin Water contains 33 grams of sugar, which is only two grams less than Coke.

Many people believe that drinking Vitamin Water will help with weight loss, but instead, the drink is adding on the pounds.  Glucose intake, or sugar, is a serious contributor to obesity, and with the 35 percent of Americans medically obese and two-thirds overweight, health experts disagree that Vitamin Water has any nutritional value to the human body.

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “what you drink may be more important than what you eat.”  In 2009, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a report in the Journal, finding that the quickest way to lose weight is to cut back on the liquid calories or added sugar consumed.

Despite the health issues, people continue to indulge in the sugary drink.  Even when the company that produces Vitamin Water claimed that the drink serves no benefit to the body, people continue to waste their money on it.

One of the reasons why Vitamin Water is so popular is because the company chooses celebrities like 50 Cent, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and so on to sponsor the product.  Since the media has such a large influence on society, people tend to do whatever their favorite celebrities do.  The newest sponsor for Vitamin Water as of this year is Ellen DeGeneres.

If you decide to devote your whole diet to Vitamin Water, then you might as well devote it to Coke. Instead of drinking Vitamin Water, good, old, regular water will quench you just the same, and if not, provide you with more nutrients to stay healthy.

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