e-Wise Woman: Health tips for women on the go | Issue 2 | Summer 2012

Vitamins in Water?

We can all agree that getting your nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables is a better bet than drinking bottled water fortified with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

"Many people seem to want healthy flavored water instead of plain water so vitamin waters are a big temptation. They look like a good choice, but be careful. Look at the calories, and the number of servings per bottle to determine how many calories they are setting you back for the day," advises Zonya Foco, R.D.

"Even if they are sweetened with a natural zero calorie sugar alternative like stevia, your brain gets rewired to that level of sweetness, and plain water will become, instead of sometimes boring, always boring. As for the vitamins, it's a mighty big price to pay for what you get. So add a slice of lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, kiwi, cucumber and even watermelon to plain water. And if vitamins are what you seek, (beyond the 7-11 fruits and vegetables you are hopefully eating every day) get a FULL range of the vitamins you need from a daily vitamin supplement," adds Zonya.

Remember, drinking water is important for hydration. And if you use Zonya's method, you'll avoid the added cost and extra calories found in some bottled water, and you'll help protect the environment by using fewer plastic bottles.

Improving health. Enhancing lives.