Fact is a 531ml bottle of water containing added vitamins also has over 30 grams of sugar and 120 calories.
Almost as much sugar and calories as a 330ml can of soda. Just saying.
Most varieties of vitamin water do provide up to 100% of your daily vitamin C, B6, B12 and B5 and a few even provide 25% of daily manganese, vitamin A and potassium. However it seems nutritionist are not convinced the vitamin gain is worth the sugar intake, especially when it is way too easy to make your own vitamin water and reap even more health benefits!
How to Make Your Own Vitamin Water
Only 2 steps to this super easy process:
1. Fill your favourite glass or water bottle with ice and water
2. Add 1/2 cup of your choice of fresh or frozen fruit. Enjoy.
The trick is, those berries are not for decoration, you get to eat them!
Check out the list below and of the health benefits of adding (and eating!) just 1/2 cup of berries or fruit to your water and tell me which is the healthier vitamin water. Buy bags of frozen fruit and store in your freezer and enjoy a new flavour every day to jazz up boring water, keep you hydrated and even healthier.
Plus, how pretty!
Vitamins and Nutrients in Real Fruit
1/2 cup – 25 Calories, 1.5grams Fiber, 3.5grams Sugar, 55% daily Vitamin C plus manganese, folate, potassium, biotin, B6.
1/2 cup – 42 Calories, 2grams Fiber, 7grams Sugar, 16% daily Vitamin K, 10% Vitamin C plus Vitamin A, B6, folate, manganese and ranks as the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables due to their phytonutrients.
1/2 cup – 32 Calories, 4grams Fiber, 2.5grams Sugar, 20% daily Vitamin C, plus B6, folate, manganese, Vitamin K, biotin, Vitamin E.
1/2 cup – 50 Calories, 1.5grams Fiber, 12grams Sugar, 13% daily Vitamin A, 40% Vitamin C, plus B6, folate, calcium, Vitamin E and K.
1/2 cup – 40 Calories, 1gram Fiber, 8grams Sugar, 65% daily Vitamin C, plus manganese, B6, folate, potassium.
1/2 cup – 42 Calories, 2grams Fiber, 8grams Sugar, 80% daily VitaminC, plus folate, potassium, calcium.
In addition to the nutrients above, all fruit contains anti oxidants and some have anti inflammatory nutrients for cardiovascular health, regulating blood sugar and decrease risk of type 2 diabetes. The added benefit of fiber from the real fruit, the low calorie count and the even lower natural sugar content makes this version of vitamin water the healthiest one to drink.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match the fruits for different flavours and colours and adding lemon, lime, cucumber or even a few mint leaves can turn boring water into beautiful and healthy vitamin water.