Super Waters: Health or Hype?
Will these new waters actually get us to drink up?
These days, bottled water is not necessarily simple H2O. Store shelves and
vending machines are filled with plain and so-called "fitness waters,"
chock full of vitamins, minerals, and herbal potions. Some super waters not
only come with nutrient additions but contain soluble fiber, fruit essence,
caffeine, and believe it or not, oxygen.
Everyone has heard the age-old advice to drink eight to ten glasses of water
a day. More of us need to heed this sage advice to keep our bodies well
hydrated and our energy level up. The problem is, we get bored with large
volumes of plain water. Enter the age of fitness waters. Savvy marketers have
picked up on the need for low-calorie beverages and have developed fitness
waters to help us meet our fluid requirements. The real question is, are
fitness waters any better than plain water? And the simple answer is, only if
they help you drink up. Otherwise, plain water is just fine.
Most of the fitness waters are low in calories and pose little threat to the
daily caloric intake or eating plan. If you enjoy drinking them and they help
you meet your fluid needs, enjoy one or two per day. For best selection, read
the label or check out the following chart of the most popular fitness waters
on the market:
Calories/8 ounce serving
|e20 Energy Water|
10 or 40
|Elements Enhanced Water|
|Propel Fitness Water|
3 formulas, 8 flavors
|Reebok Fitness Water|
0 or 10
4 flavors, 1 natural
Coffee, Tea, or Fitness Water?
You can satisfy approximately half of your fluid requirements with beverages
other than water, such as low-fat milk, coffee, caffeine-free tea, 100% juice,
sports drinks, or sparkling water. Not only can drinking these beverages
satisfy your fluid needs, so can water-rich foods and fluids such as soup,
fruits, and vegetables. The additional benefit of eating water-rich foods is
all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals they provide, which will not only quench
thirst but also keep you feeling full. Consider these dieters' dream foods!
- Foods that melt at room temperature, such as gelatin, frozen yogurt, or
low-calorie frozen novelty bars, contain plenty of fluids.
- Broth-based vegetable soup is a winning combination, low in calories, chock
full of nutrients, and very filling.
- Fruits and vegetables can contribute up to 3-4 cups of fluid to your diet.
Choose produce with high fluid content such as grapes, watermelon, grapefruit,
orange, squash, broccoli, or eggplant.
Oh, you want to be kind to your wallet and get your fluids the good
old-fashioned way, with plain drinking water? You can always consider these
options to help you jazz up plain water and meet your fluid needs:
- Create your own flavored water with the addition of fruit slices such as
lemon, lime, or orange. They will all add great flavor with virtually no added
- Freeze chunks of fruit or citrus zest in ice cubes that you then use to
flavor plain water.
- A splash of cranberry or fruit juice and a wedge of lime to turn plain
sparkling water into a delicious treat.
- Make iced tea from a combination of flavorful teas such as mint, mango, or
- Herbal teas are soothing and come in a variety of flavors without extra
- Flavored seltzer waters without added sugars are wonderfully refreshing
- Try some homemade lemonade -- low-sugar, of course!