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How healthy is water with a taste?

Water with a taste

Drinking lemon water in the morning is good for you. Bio-fruit water apple, Banana flavored water, Vitamin water Lime Lychee, Apple-and-Elderflower water, Water with a touch of blackcurrant: It is almost a challenge to find a bottle water in the supermarket. What is the abundance of taste water? "Drinking flavor water has been a trend for a while, though I'm amazed at the huge amount," says Foodtrendwatcher Anneke Ammerlaan. She explains the popularity of the drinks, partly due to the many bad publicity about sugary soft drinks like coke and Fanta. "Coca-Cola got a bad image. Apple juice is no longer valid as well. Water is still the best thirst lesser, but you just drink water. I therefore understand that producers are pouring massively on taste water. Even Coca-Cola is in the US busy investing in all kinds of other drinks. "


Also, supermarkets who has been selling bottles of mint with mint and lemon slices for years, plays in on this trend: recently fourteen products in this category have been added to the assortment. AH spokesman Menno van der Vlist said: "Customers are becoming more aware of their health and are therefore critical of, among other things, the sugar content of a product. They are mostly looking for a drink that does not contain any calories or sweeteners, but not as boring as water. Taste water is a healthier alternative to soft drinks and juices. "

Unlimited drinking

But is a bottle of Vitamin Water, Spa Fruit or AH Water Wallie the Whale a healthier choice than a glass of soda? And can you feel unimpeded as much of drinking as water? "That differs greatly per product," says nutrition and health expert Astrid Postma-Smeets of the Nutrition Center. "Instead of a regular soda, such a drink with less calories or less sugar is an improvement, but you should check the labels to see how healthy something is. Vitamin water and some variants of Spa Fruit contain 20 calories per 100 ml. That is, though, less than sugary soft drinks, but both drinks deliver calories, and they consist mainly of carbohydrates: sugars. Calculate how much water you should drink. And some drinks have added vitamins and minerals, but you can get it from ordinary food. "


Without a label check, it is sometimes difficult to determine if a drink is good for you. Vitamin water is recommended as "low in calories", "without artificial color, odor and flavors", but contains "natural mineral water", among other things, fructose, which is just sugar. AH bottle of 'AH natural' mineral water with strawberry mint flavor does not contain sugar and counts 0 calories, just like water. If you only put on the promises on the packaging, a wrong choice has been made quickly. Nevertheless, producers can put their taste water on the market, says VU professor Jaap Seidell: "Say that a drink is enriched with, for example, vitamins, stomachs. In the past, you even had calcium-enriched cola intended for women in the transition that suffered from bone remedies. Nothing healthy, but say something that is enriched is a nutrition claim. To suggest that a drink is healthier than water or that corrodes cardiovascular disease should not be: such health claims must be proven. The only way to know how it is is to check labels. "

Pure marketing

The healthy image of many drinks is therefore pure marketing, says Seidell. "Vitamin water is just sugar water. It gives you the impression that you drink something very healthy because vitamins are added, but that's nonsense. The amount of vitamins is very limited and it is often the vitamins that you lack. " On the other hand, with spa that has driven fruit or mint, nothing is wrong, says the professor. "The only downside is that it's two thousand times as expensive as when you would make it yourself. We can do a cucumber at home and fill a bottle, which is also more environmentally friendly, but if someone has already done it for us, we'll buy that. Certainly when we're on our way. " 6 Facts about drinking water.

Sugar in soda

The Nutrition Center started this week with a campaign to raise awareness of the sugar they get through unnoticed juice, fruit drink and soda. "Soft drinks and juice manufacturers have agreed to stop ten percent less sugar in their drinks by 2020, but that's only a little. Still, many packs of 200 ml contain 3 to 5 sugar beans. Fortunately, drinking water is becoming more normal. Taste water helps to change it. " At some elementary schools it is forbidden to bring soda, but children keep themselves sweet. Then taste water is a good alternative, says Ammerlaan. "With this you have the idea that you spoil your children, but then healthier. Millennials drank cola as a pampering now it's water with a taste. "

Taste water hype

According to Foodtrendwatcher Ammerlaan, the taste water hype is still not over. "In France and Austria, you can see all homemade lemonades, in addition to the famous Spritzer, bubbles with syrup. Great fun served, in a nice glass bar next to you as you would do with wine. The catering industry in Australia can learn something about it. " "I think we will see a lot more variety of flavors and interesting new flavor combinations that are less sweet. If you want to pamper yourself, take a nice tasting or lemonade, and if you're thirsty, drink your water. " Truth about drinking water.

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