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Is Glaceau Vitamin Water Really Good for You?

Glaceau vitamin water is a subsidiary of Coca Cola that is privately owned. It's also sometimes known as Energy Brands. The last decade has seen tremendous growth and expanding success for Glaceau, whose vitamin water brand was actually the biggest selling brand of enhanced water in 2002. Since then, Glaceau has expanded into France, Australia and even the United Kingdom with its enhanced water. Glaceau has at times also been unfairly accused of trying to hide its ownership by Coca Cola, as information about its parent company does not appear on its products or on its website. Glaceau vitamin water is touted as a healthy alternative drink, but there is controversy or at least some question about this.

1. Ingredients

Glaceau vitamin water is an alternative to both water and soda. The ingredients in an average bottle of Glaceau vitamin water are filtered water (either subjected to reverse osmosis, vapor distillation or deionization), the sweetener called crystalline fructose that is brought about from corn syrup, electrolytes, natural flavors, citric acid and vitamins E, B12, B6, B5, B3 and C. At other times, more ingredients are included based on the flavor needs of a particular vitamin water drink. The sweetener, crystalline fructose, is decidedly unhealthy for you as there have been concerns raised about its propensity to play a role in causing chemically produced liver damage, or hepatotoxicity. The presence of citric acid also may be a problem, as citric acid is known to wear down your tooth enamel if ingested to excess.

2. Sugar Content

The sugar content in Glaceau vitamin water can be a bit of a problem. Just a 20-ounce bottle of this drink already contains 8 teaspoons of sugar, which comes out to 33 grams of sugar in just that serving. Just for comparison purposes, a 20 ounce bottle of Coca Cola has 16 teaspoons of sugar in the same serving. So basically, the same serving of healthy vitamin water by Glaceau already comes with half the sugar content as the same-sized bottle of Coca Cola.

3. Is It Good for You?

The facts indicate that Glaceau vitamin water—despite its branded marketing as an enhanced water drink—is not as healthy as its name would imply. Its problems lie primarily in the high sugar content as well as the inclusion of unhealthy ingredients like citric acid and crystalline fructose, both of which can damage parts of your body in excessive quantities. Compared to drinks like Coca Cola which are known to include a lot of unhealthy substances, the amount of sugar in vitamin water is half of that in a same-sized serving of soda. The title "enhanced" water, as opposed to regular water, may make the drink sound attractive, but some of the ingredients in it are questionable.

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