Many parents buy their children pouch drinks for school lunches, field trips, or sports games. But all of us know those aren’t the best option…we all know that drinking water is the best option. With that in mind, manufacturers have now begun producing “flavored water” drinks. Unfortunately, these really aren’t any healthier.
I looked at two different brands of flavored water pouches: Minute Maid Fruit Falls and Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters. Of the two (and I’m not saying either one is actually healthy), Minute Maid is better than Capri Sun.
Minute Maid Fruit Falls
The Minute Maid water beverage has 3% juice blend, although obviously it’s mostly water. It’s got 100% Vitamin C, 10% Calcium, while keeping the sodium levels down at 1%. It’s also only 5 calories! One pouch also only contains less than one gram of sugar. In case you are unable to read the picture above, here are the ingredients:
- Pure filtered water
- Grape and pear juices from concentrate
- Less than ½% of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry juice from concentrate
- Calcium citrate
- Vitamin C
- Natural flavors
- Citric acid
- Acesulfame potassium
It always makes me nervous when I see “Natural Flavors”…I mean, seriously, you’re supposed to be listing the ingredients here, and the term “Natural Flavors” doesn’t tell us a thing!
Sucralose is a sugar substitute, like Splenda. These aren’t good for our kids either; artificial sweeteners contain Aspartame.
Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters
Capri Sun’s water beverage is another story…first of all, one pouch has 30 calories. There are also 8 grams of sugar per pouch! No Vitamin C added to this drink, either…here are the ingredients:
- High fructose corn syrup
- Citric acid
- Natural flavor
Here we have the worst culprit of all, high fructose corn syrup. It’s one of the biggest contributors to heart disease and obesity! Then we have the sucralose again, and the phrase “Natural Flavors”.
Well, as you can see neither option is healthy at all…sticking with good old fashioned drinking water is your best option.