I don't know about you guys, but this whole flavored, health-water craze has me confused. They all appear to be very good for you, but some actually have deceptive serving sizes that makes them seem better for you than they really are. To try to clear up some of this confusion, I've looked up seven of the most popular flavored water brands and decoded their real nutritional information. You're welcome.
SoBe Life Water – 40 calories per 8 oz. serving.
You know this stuff. It's the water from the strange Naomi Campbell and dancing lizard Super Bowl commercial. I dont know about you, but that didn't make me want to run out there and buy this stuff. Just throwing that out there.This drink comes in five flavors, and has “very low sodium” according to its website. They also have C, E and B vitamins. Apparently, they just reduced the amount of calories in the drink, but I would be careful because although there are 40 calories per serving, the whole bottle is 2.5 servings, so you'd really be consuming 100 calories if you drank the entire thing.
Glaceau Vitamin Water – 50 calories per 8 oz. serving.
Vitamin Water comes in 15 different flavors and contains no sodium. Each flavor contains different vitamins, so it really depends on what you're looking for. I personally make my decisions based on flavor, and consider the vitamins to be an added benefit. As far as overall calories, this drink also has 2.5 servings per container, so just be aware that if you finish it off it's 125 calories total. Oh, and while we're on the topic, another stinker of a Super Bowl commercial, as far as I'm concerned. Check out more info at vitaminwater.com, or simply make your own vitamin water!
Kraft's Fruit2o – 0 calories per 8 oz. serving.
This is one of the healthiest options I found, although since it has 0 grams of sugar, I'm really not sure how it would taste. It has 0 carbs and 5 mg of sodium per serving, which according to their website is 0% of your daily value. It must be so insignificant it doesn't register. This water comes in 33.8 oz bottles, but because it doesn't have calories, you don't need to be wary about finishing this one up. Drink up! More info at http://www.kraftfoods.com/fruit2o.
Dasani Flavored Water – 0 calories per serving.
Dasani makes three flavors of water, strawberry, lemon and raspberry. They all have 0 calories, 0 carbs and are sweetened with Splenda to help their taste. I didn't find their website overly helpful, but click here if you want more information.
Aquafina FlavorSplash – 0 calories per 8 oz. serving.
Since both this and the Dasani brand are made by Coca Cola, they are relatively similar; the difference I saw here was that this version has 65mg of sodium in an 8 oz. serving. So while you don't have to worry about calories, if you finish the 20 oz. bottle, you may be getting more sodium than you wanted from a water. For more info, check out their site.
Gatorade's Propel Fitness Water – 10 calories per 8 oz. serving.
This was Gatorade's way of hopping on the flavored water bandwagon. This drink has 10 calories and 3 grams of carbs per serving, but keep in mind this drink was designed for workouts. I wouldn't grab this drink for a long day in the office, because you don't need the extra carbs if you aren't exercising. The entire bottle of Propel is 16.9 oz. (about two servings), but for a fitness drink it is relatively low calorie. They also make Propel Calcium which has 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs and 10% of daily Adequate Intake of calcium. If you're interested, visit www.propelfitnesswater.com.
Nestle Pure Life Natural Fruit Flavored Water Beverage – 0 calories per 8 oz. serving.
This drink is very similar to the Aquafina and Dasani versions; no calories or carbs, flavored with Splenda, and contains some sodium. There are 50 mg of sodium in this water, which according to their website is 2% of the daily intake based on a 2000 calorie diet. The bottle is 16 oz., so drinking the entire thing would land you at 4% of your daily sodium intake from a bottle of water. Not a huge dent, but it could be coming from something more satisfying...like taco dip. Find out more at www.nestle-purelife.com.