Remember when they just called it water?

Is it really worth it?
Is it really worth it?

Remember the old days when water was just water?  Today grocery stores dedicate space on their aisle signs just for a newfangled type of water called “fitness water”. They don’t even dedicate sign space for staples like salad dressing, so this stuff must be really important.

Fitness water? Seriously? What is Fitness Water and should you be drinking it?

Fitness water is, theoretically, supercharged water.  The idea is to take regular water, fuse it with vitamins and antioxidants, and voila, you get fitness water.  A bigger, better, faster, stronger version of good old water.  Sounds like something that makes sense.  Let’s dig a little deeper.

The primary ingredient in fitness water is, surprisingly, water.  In addition, the some of these products contains things like added flavoring, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sucralose, vitamn C, vitamin E, vitamin B3, calcium disodium EDTA, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, acesulfame potassium, and vitamin B12.

There’s nothing really bad in most of these ingredients, although personally I’d prefer to stay away from the artificial sweetener sucralose.  I’m no chemist, but I’d be willing to bet that the amount of actual vitamins in these fitness water products is likely just a trace.  You’re probably already taking a quality multivitamin (you are, aren’t you?) which means you’re getting significantly more of most, if not all, of these vitamins making the trace amounts irrelevant.  Do you really need the other stuff just to get a trace amount of the good stuff? 

Here’s the kicker.

While most have little to no calories, some products have a significant amount of sugar which means you’re now drinking something with a nutritional profile more closely related to soda than actual water.  Hey wait…I thought this was supposed to be good for me? Hmmm.

As a society, we already drink nearly 25% of our daily calories.  Personally, I don’t really want anything else that’s going to contribute to that total.  I suppose if you choose the product carefully and this is the only thing that’s going to keep you from downing another soda, go for it.  

For me, I’m sticking with good old ice cold water and saving those extra dollars to improve the quality of the food I eat. 

What’s your take on this stuff?