Vitamin Water XXX (Triple Antioxidants) is probably the most sought after flavor of Glaceau's extensive line of nutrient enhanced drinks, but are you aware of the health benefits one can get from Vitamin Water XXX? There are even quite a few skeptics out there who believe Vitamin Water XXX is actually bad for you, but is that true? Let's discuss this popular drink and find out what kind of health benefits it can provide.
What is Vitamin Water XXX?
Vitamin Water XXX is one of Glaceau's most popular flavors to choose from, with it's surprisingly delicious combination of acai, blueberry, and pomegranate flavoring. These drinks get their names from the fact that their main gimmick is that they have "triple antioxidants". Some people describe the taste of Vitamin Water XXX as a sweeter version of their sister flavor, Formula 50.
What is in Vitamin Water XXX?
Vitamin Water XXX is made with a combination of reverse osmosis H2o, cane sugar and crystalline fructose, citric acid, vegetable juice (for color), natural flavors, berry and fruit extracts (acai, blueberry, pomegranate and apple), rejuvenating and hydrating electrolytes like magnesium lactate, calcium lactate, and monopotassium phosphate, and a variety of essential nutrients. Each 8 ounce serving contains 50 calories, which all come from carbohydrates (sugar). There is no protein, sodium, fiber or fat in Vitamin Water XXX. Here are the essential nutrients included as well as their daily values for each 8 ounce serving (there are 2.5 servings per bottle):
- C - 100%
- B3 - 10%
- B5 - 10%
- B6 - 10%
- B12 - 10%
What are the health benefits of Vitamin Water XXX?
In order to better understand what kind of health benefits are associated with Vitamin Water XXX, we need to look at the contents and go over the health benefits of each nutrient individually.
C - This is a super nutrient, which also doubles as an antioxidant, and provides a plethora of health benefits to the host. As an antioxidant, it works to neutralize free radicals, which helps prevents cancers, namely of the mouth, throat, pancreas, and stomach. As a nutrient, it's excellent for your immune system, helping you fight infections, heal wounds faster, and relieve symptoms of ailments like the common cold.
B3 - Provides some really important health benefits for your digestive system, skin, and nerves. It's also needed to help you convert food into energy. Large doses of this nutrient have been shown to provide health benefits for your high cholesterol, actually lowering it in many cases.
B5 - Is actually manufactured in your intestinal bacteria, and is also known as Pantothenic Acid, but can also be found in Vitamin Water XXX. It provides a few nice health benefits including forming different kinds of hormones, and breaking down and forming fats.
B6 - Is one of the more important nutrients listed. Health benefits of B6 include helping you form vital red blood cells, regulating your nervous system, and limiting the severity of asthma attacks. It's also needed to help you metabolize protein and carbohydrates more efficiently.
B12 - You get the best health benefits from this nutrient when it is in partnership with folic acid (which is not in Vitamin Water XXX), when together they are known to do an excellent job building nerve and blood cells. B12 is also known to protect against heart disease and nerve damage in many cases.
Antioxidants - Antioxidants are nature's own way of preventing all kinds of cancers and different illnesses. With all the junk we ingest nowadays, as well as the dirty air a lot of us are breathing, we tend to get a lot of dangerous free radicals. Antioxidant neutralize these cancer causing free radicals and in turn provide some of the most sought after health benefits of any nutrient. Antioxidants provide a plethora of health benefits, including reducing the effects of aging and keeping your immune system working great. Vitamin Water XXX is a pretty good source for antioxidants, though they are best put to use when eaten from foods that they naturally occur in.
Is anything in Vitamin Water XXX bad for me?
By now I'm sure you have probably been hearing about all this controversy surrounding Vitamin Water XXX and all the other flavors. Many people are starting to question whether or not these drinks are actually good for you or not. There are a few big arguments being used and even though Glaceau has since changed their ingredients, there are still some people who might not be convinced. Let's take a look at the main debates surrounding this drink and get some facts straight.
Sugar Content - Probably the biggest debate surrounds around the sugar content of Vitamin Water XXX as well as its sibling flavors. One bottle contains about 33g of sugar, which comes in the form of cane sugar and crystalline fructose. Compare this to a 20 ounce bottle of Coke, which contains virtually double that amount, about 65g, which all come from High Fructose Corn Syrup. Crystalline fructose is not much better than High Fructose Corn Syrup, but it is slightly more complex which makes it a bit healthier for your body.
There is a common misconception among a lot of consumers that sugar is bad for you, which can be totally true, but only in certain instances. For example, if you have diabetes, then yes sugar is probably not the best idea, and you might not want to drink Vitamin Water XXX unless you get the 10 calorie version. If you don't exercise, sugar will just increase your chances of gaining weight, so you might want to avoid it. If you are a normal, healthy, active person with no medical conditions surrounding your blood sugar or insulin levels, then the sugar in Vitamin Water XXX is harmless and in fact can be very good for you. You need sugar to transport vital nutrients through your blood stream, as well as a natural source of energy.
Meal Replacement - It is easy to mistake Vitamin Water XXX and the other flavors as a way to get your nutrients without having to eat. Some people will drink these nutrient enhanced beverages instead of eating breakfast because they think it is okay since they're getting essential nutrients. Glaceau never claims on any bottle that you should use their products as a replacement for anything. These are simply delicious and healthier alternatives to soda, and they are not to be used as a medication or meal replacement. In order to get the full benefits of Vitamin Water XXX or any other flavor, it's always a good idea to eat a well-balanced meal along with it so that you can better absorb all of the nutrients contained within.
All in all, as long as you are a healthy and active person, drinking Vitamin Water XXX is not going to be bad for you virtually at all. It would actually be one of the better choices of beverage for these kinds of people compared to the mass amounts of sodas and "juice beverages" that are almost completely made up of High Fructose Corn Syrup. If you have to watch your calories, or you have diabetes, then you can always opt to buy the 10 calorie version of Vitamin Water XXX. For everyone else, if you really want to get the most nutrients possible in your drinks, stick to real 100% juices like V8. If you just want a refreshing, tasty, nutrient-enhanced soda alternative, go ahead and get the Vitamin Water XXX, it's not going to hurt you!