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How Nutritious is Vitaminwater?

Glaceau Vitaminwater sold 142 million cases in the United States in 2009.  Vitaminwater, which is owned by Coca-Cola, offers hip-looking packaging and engaging product names such as Revive, Focus and Connect.

But the main selling points of Vitaminwater and its competitors, such as SoBe Life Water and Propel, are the added vitamins and electrolytes.

But is it worth it?  Probably not.  According to the Washington Post:

“... only people ‘dedicated’ to exercising need to replenish [electrolytes] ... and then it's necessary only if they work out vigorously for more than an hour.  Tap water has the added benefits of being all but free, and free of calories. Critics have bashed Vitaminwater for being a calorie trap ... a bottle contains 2.5 servings, so you could easily drink 125 calories -- just 15 ounces shy of the calories in a can of Coca-Cola -- at once.”

And as for the vitamins?  Vitaminwater focuses on B vitamins and Vitamin C, which are water-soluble and not stored in your body.  Once you go beyond what you need, you urinate it out.

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