The only problem is: there are many “health” foods that come to mind that may be anything but that.
In fact, one of the biggest ones that may come to mind would be vitamin-fortified drinks.
Have you been mesmerized by the endless colors…
The marketing hype surrounding these “health” products…
Or, that you can get BOTH vitamins AND water in a single serving!
Although on the outside, these drinks LOOK healthy, it’s what is on the inside that matters!
So before you reach for one of those multi-colored, vitamin-fortified waters…
Read this article on the dangers that may be lurking under the cover.
The Dangers of Fortified Water
In theory, the use of fortified water to enhance your health would be a great idea.
You look at the label on the bottle and you see vitamins, minerals, and water.
Plus, you have heard the news that people may be deficient in some of these very vitamins/minerals.
However, there may be one problem!
Some of the vitamins/minerals found in fortified drinks may not be fully absorbed by your body.
Vitamins – such as fat soluble vitamins – may be useless when consumed in a beverage mainly comprised of water.
Fat-soluble vitamins need a carrier into your cells.
And that carrier is FAT (I’m sure you already guessed that)!
But this may not be the only downfall of vitamin-fortified water.
If you look at the label, you may find a very popular – yet highly sweet – ingredient on the label.
And that would be crystalline fructose.
Now this ingredient chiefly is made from cornstarch – or otherwise – made from corn.
Read this eye-opening article on the Effects of Corn
It may be a lot sweeter than regular sugar, which means you don’t need to put as much into the product to make it sweet.
I will explain in a minute why this may be bad for your health, but first…
By adding crystalline fructose to the mix, you are potentially adding a TON of extra sugar and calories to that drink.
In fact, when you compare the labels of your favorite vitamin-fortified water and soda, for instance, you may notice that your water contains MORE SUGAR and CALORIES than the soda does.
So what does that tell you?
It tells you that you’re consuming MORE added sugar – which you don’t need – and that this may lead to insulin resistance, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.
Plus, it may also increase your sugary food cravings – just like artificial sweeteners or sugar – which could spell trouble for your hips, butt, and thighs.
And speaking of adverse health conditions, let’s return to crystalline fructose for a second…
Since crystalline fructose is added to many popular drinks as a sweetener – like in soda or vitamin-fortified water – it may be good to know some of the adverse health conditions associated with it.
Crystalline fructose has been linked to:
Gout in men…
Altered cholesterol levels…
High triglyceride levels…
Increased body fat levels…
And increased levels of VISCERAL fat (very bad type of fat in your body)!
All of which may lead to chronic disease development, like heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and even some cancers.
What Should You Drink Instead?
To keep the answer in simple terms – you should drink water!
Water keeps you hydrated…
Promotes weight loss…
And may be found in quite a few foods that you already eat today!
Plus, studies have shown that being dehydrated may be harder on your liver and kidneys, which are two key organs for proper system health.
Drinking water may make it easier for your body to process nutrients and – more importantly – it could make you feel fuller, which could prevent you from overeating at your next meal.
The fact is, water is one of the MOST IMPORTANT nutrients you can drink today, and should be present at every meal, and consistently used throughout the day.
This may improve your weight loss and improve the look and feel of your skin and complexion.
Be sure to drink at least six to eight ounces of water – per day – to help maximize your weight loss and improve your overall health.
Keeping My Eye On You In Health And Fitness,
Mark Lani CAPT, CSN
Certified Advanced Personal Trainer
Certified Sports Nutritionist
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