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rockstar87
09-11-2008, 12:14 PM
Hey everyone,

So, my friend recently did a triathlon and got a goodie bag full of "fitness" products, including a couple of bottles of Vitamin Water. We went on vacation together and I ended up trying quite a few of them and they're quite good. I think a 591mL is like 150 calories...

Since I started doing my weight loss program I've been trying to make the switch to healthier choices (ie: whole foods and organics) in conjunction with counting calories. I eat organic whenever possible, Ezekiel bread...that kind of stuff. Mostly I just drink pure water but I'm wondering what everybody thought of this Vitamin Water stuff as an occasional thing. The ingredients don't look too bad. There's cane sugar in it (:S) and "fruit and vegetable juices for coloring" whatever that means...

Anyway, I was just wondering what your opinions on it was?

Thanks :)


PhotoChick
09-11-2008, 12:20 PM
150 calories for water? :eek:

Not for me thanks. If I want to spend that many calories on a drink, it's going to be a glass of wine or a citron martini. ;)

Seriously, I hate the idea of drinking my calories away and especially for water.

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nelie
09-11-2008, 12:53 PM
I don't think vitamin water falls into that realm but there is a definite purpose for sports drinks in endurance sports such as triathlons. As far as a non timed sports, I don't see any purpose for sports drinks that try to refuel with carbs and electrolytes. In that, I'd say I wouldn't see any difference between vitamin water and coke as both are sugar drinks. I too don't like to drink my calories so I avoid doing so.


mamaspank
09-11-2008, 01:06 PM
My honest opinion is that Vitamin Water is crap. Don't mean to be so blunt, but I have tried a couple, and it doesn't have a whole lot of taste. I would rather have a little fruit juice with soda water. Who wants to waste all their calories on water? When doing serious exercise, like running for an hour or more or doing a softball tourney, I like to replenish with Propel. Lot lower in calories. Otherwise, just for a regular workout, I just drink water with a lemon wedge and a slice of ginger root. I usually follow that up with a small snack.

PhotoChick
09-11-2008, 01:10 PM
I just drink water with a lemon wedge and a slice of ginger root.I never thought of putting a slice of ginger in my water. What a GREAT idea. I drink sodium free club soda a lot as well (I like the fizzy stuff). I'll bet ginger in the soda water would be yummy.

Mmmm. I have a new treat for tonight!!! Thanks! :D

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rockstar87
09-11-2008, 01:30 PM
150 calories for water? :eek

Seriously, I hate the idea of drinking my calories away and especially for water.

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Thanks for your replies guys. I definitely didn't mean it as a daily thing... more like a "treat" in the same way someone might have a Coke. I try not to drink my calories either. It seems like such a waste...

You guys made some great suggestions for adding stuff to plain water. I also like a splash of Knudsen's Just Cranberry juice. It's pure juice so it's got quite a strong taste to it and you definitely don't need a lot.

CandyKisses0204
09-11-2008, 03:04 PM
I think it all tastes like garbage personally. I just watched something on tv the other day and it showed that it has 6tbs of sugar in one bottle! It should be called kool-aid not water. Og course if its just once in a while do as you please. When i really want something flavored i have crystal lite. There is a new one that is cherry pomagranite flavored and its yummy. Now i know this is not close by any means whole foods but this is like maybe once a month when i just need something other than water. Do you like tea? Some fresh brewed iced tea with a bit of honey or sugar is yummy

rockstar87
09-11-2008, 04:04 PM
I'm actually not a fan of iced tea (but then again, the only kinds I've ever had have been the ones that come in a can and I find them gross. They taste way too sweet. It might be worth it to try the fresh kind though). The problem with crystal light is that it's got aspartame in it and I'm completely off artificial sweeteners. If I really want a pop that badly I just have a can of the regular stuff and work it into my calories. Good to know how much sugar is in one bottle of the vitamin water.

zenor77
09-11-2008, 04:13 PM
Vitamin waters are essentially cleverly marketed non-carbonated sodas.

PhotoChick
09-11-2008, 04:58 PM
I'm actually not a fan of iced tea (but then again, the only kinds I've ever had have been the ones that come in a can and I find them gross. They taste way too sweet. It might be worth it to try the fresh kind though).Oh my gosh. Iced tea in a can is the worst, most disgusting stuff ever made.

You MUST try real, freshbrewed iced tea. I make mine in a Mr. Coffee iced tea maker and it's yummy. I use decaf tea bags and sometimes add a flavored herbal tea bag once in a while.

Mmmm. I think I'll go get some iced tea now. :)

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tigerchic89
09-12-2008, 09:01 PM
I don;t drink Vitamin Water, but I really only drink water, coffee, tea, wine and sometimes milk... because I do not like to drink my calories (other than with teh caffeine in my coffee, LOL).

my dh does not drink water, he never really has. I make him sweet tea that he drinks daily. He used to keep Gatorade in the fridge, for the weekend days spent working in our yard or on our house.

Over the last few years, we have eliminated HFCS from our diets. We also never consume any artificial chemical sweeteners. That makes Gatorade (HFCS), soda (HFCS), Propel (art sweet) and crystal light (art sweet) "out" for anyone in our household.

Vitamin water is superior to those IMO because it is sweetened with plain ole natural sugar. That's what we keep on hand for his weekend drinks, or for on the go drinks in the cooler for dh and our kids.

So IMO, it really has no place in a weight loss diet, but as a beverage choice from a "whole foods" perspective, it's one of the better options out there.

Suzanne 3FC
09-12-2008, 09:25 PM
I heard on the news that many of the vitamins in this type of beverage are water soluble and degrade while sitting on the shelf, so you don't really get the benefit claimed.

:dunno:

nelie
09-12-2008, 09:27 PM
So IMO, it really has no place in a weight loss diet, but as a beverage choice from a "whole foods" perspective, it's one of the better options out there.

I know you said 'IMO' which is fine as we are each allowed our own, but I wouldn't say vitamin water is anywhere close being a whole food. If someone wants to have something towards the whole food spectrum and doesn't mind sugar water, I'd say drink juice.

BlueToBlue
09-14-2008, 12:18 AM
I heard on the news that many of the vitamins in this type of beverage are water soluble and degrade while sitting on the shelf, so you don't really get the benefit claimed.

:dunno:

I've also read that because the nutrients are separated from the fruit and veggies that would normally provide them, the amino acids that are necessary for your body to absorb the nutrients aren't present. Thus, your body can't absorb the nutrients in the water. You're basically just drinking liquid sugar.

If I'm going to splurge on a 150-calorie treat, I want it be something better than flavored water.

nelie
09-14-2008, 01:47 PM
Not that I would call it a Whole Food either but I was at Target yesterday and dying of thirst. So I went to the drink section and they had bottles of flavored water. It had no sweeteners but just had water and natural flavors. The one I picked up was spearmint which the first sip was like drinking listerine but was good after the second sip. Other flavors included fruit flavors and cucumber.

JulieJ08
09-14-2008, 02:08 PM
Not that I would call it a Whole Food either but I was at Target yesterday and dying of thirst. So I went to the drink section and they had bottles of flavored water. It had no sweeteners but just had water and natural flavors. The one I picked up was spearmint which the first sip was like drinking listerine but was good after the second sip. Other flavors included fruit flavors and cucumber.

Crystal Geyser has these. I tried the orange and it was pretty bitter. Don't have plans to have it again. This week I'm going to try the "Very Berry," maybe that will be better. But it's not vitamin water. Just carbonated water with fruit essence (no sweeteners).

nelie
09-14-2008, 05:50 PM
Julie, The archer farms ones aren't carbonated so they would be an option if you didn't want sparkly water :)

InnerChild
10-04-2008, 09:57 AM
I just watched something on tv the other day and it showed that it has 6tbs of sugar in one bottle! It should be called kool-aid not water.

Not for only 150 calories it doesn't. Since a tablespoon of sugar contains 48 calories, six tabelspoons would be 288 calories. I think you may have received some mis-information.

LostInWonder
10-07-2008, 09:41 PM
I've tried Vitamin water in the past and they really taste nasty to me.

But, I have seen electrolyte waters popping up on shelves all over the place. Has anyone tried those?

kelly315
10-07-2008, 10:08 PM
I hate to waste some of my calories for the day on beverages (except maybe coffee), especially since I already get those vitamins through multi-vitamins

beachluvr79
10-07-2008, 10:38 PM
I've never tasted a vitamin water that I liked. When I want something other than just water, I splash a little bit of cranberry juice in it. Very good.

RangerChic
10-08-2008, 10:10 AM
You should never drink your calories. Besides, these vitamin water deals are just BS. We need to stick to the basic, simple H20! :)

oneupsteph
10-09-2008, 09:31 PM
Vitamin Water, IMO, is G-R-O-S-S! I did get sucked into the SmartWater thing, but it's 0 cals!

pixiefalls
10-13-2008, 07:00 AM
Oh my gosh. Iced tea in a can is the worst, most disgusting stuff ever made.

You MUST try real, freshbrewed iced tea. I make mine in a Mr. Coffee iced tea maker and it's yummy. I use decaf tea bags and sometimes add a flavored herbal tea bag once in a while.

Mmmm. I think I'll go get some iced tea now. :)

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Oh dear.. definitely! I love LOVE love tea. I hate the bottled/canned stuff.. bleck! But mmmmm fresh tea is so delicious. I'm from the south so I've always had iced tea, but recently I tried (Red Rose) hot tea and oh is it good! ;)

mezmerize
10-13-2008, 08:39 AM
I recently picked up some tea that has a dried flower wrapped inside. I bought a glass pot last year on clearence and when you put the tea ball inside a flower gently unfolds. There are many different flowers. Green Tea with Jasmine The name on the cardboard contain says Flowering Tea. I've had a Green Tea with Jasmine before and I'm so looking forward to this. It was one of my special "treats" for me to start back up. It is very calming to sit and watch this flower come to life. (you can brew it up to 3 times) I think of myself as the that green ball and as I get closer to my goal I'm a flower blooming. I know corny but it can be very inspiring to me.