Vitamin Water Nutrition Facts

Vitamin Water Nutrition Facts
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What is Vitamin Water?

According to Glaceau, the maker of Vitamin Water, Vitamin Water is “a fresh new approach to bottled water” and “the pioneer of the enhanced water category.” That sounds fantastic for advertising purposes, but what does it actually mean? Glaceau also says that Vitamin Water is for “responsible hydration” and is “nutrient-packed, great-tasting water with added electrolytes.” It sounds complicated, but let’s break it down. Electrolyte is a fancy word for salt or sugar, and nutrients can be any sort of vitamins or minerals. Basically, Vitamin Water is water with sugar, sodium, vitamins, minerals, and flavoring added.

Glaceau produces three types of Vitamin Water: regular Vitamin Water, Vitamin Water 10, and Vitamin Water Zero. Below, we’ll take a look at each of these varieties.

Vitamin Water Nutrition Facts

Vitamin Water comes in a wide array of flavors, but they all have about the same nutrition facts, so we’ll look at Multi-V Lemonade (a-zinc). A serving size is 8oz, which means there are 2.5 servings in a bottle of Vitamin Water. There is also “Formula 50” Vitamin Water, which has the same amount of calories and sugar, but each bottle contains 50% of your recommended daily value (RDV) of the vitamins and minerals.

Calories: 50

Carbohydrates: 13g

Sugars: 13g

Vitamin A: 10% RDV

Vitamin C: 40% RDV

Calcium: 4% RDV

Vitamin E: 10% RDV

Vitamin B3: 10% RDV

Vitamin B6: 10% RDV

Folic Acid: 10% RDV

Vitamin B12: 10% RDV

Vitamin B5: 10% RDV

Magnesium: 4% RDV

Zinc: 10% RDV

Vitamin Water 10 contains erythritol, a sugar substitute, which reduces the calories to only ten calories per serving. For an 8oz serving, the following nutrition facts apply:

Calories: 10

Carbohydrates: 4g

Sugar: 3g

Vitamin A: 10%

Vitamin C: 100%

Calcium: 4%

Vitamin E: 10%

Vitamin B3: 10%

Vitamin B6: 10%

Folic Acid: 15%

Vitamin B12: 10%

Vitamin B5: 10%

Eight ounces of Vitamin Water Zero has 0 calories, 4g of carbohydrates, 1g of sugar, 120% Vitamin C, and comparable amounts of Vitamin B and other vitamins and minerals.

Is Vitamin Water a Healthy Choice?

Although it calls itself “water,” a look at the Vitamin Water nutrition facts shows a different story. After water, the second main ingredient is crystalline fructose. That’s really just a sophisticated word for sugar. A bottle of regular Vitamin Water clocks in at 125 calories and 32.5g of sugar, whereas a can of Coca-Cola contains about 39 grams of sugar and 150 calories. While Vitamin Water tries to pass itself off as a healthy substitute for water, it’s actually much more similar to soda. It does contain some vitamins and minerals, but a healthy and varied diet should provide enough vitamins and minerals so that you don’t need to rely on Vitamin Water to fill in the nutritional gaps.

References:

Fuller, John. “How vitaminwater Works.” https://recipes.howstuffworks.com/vitaminwater2.htm.

Glaceau, www.glaceau.com.