10 "Fancy" Waters You Shouldn't Drink

Sports drinks, electrolyte-enhanced water, coconut juice and more: What's worth it, and what's a ripoff?

October 26, 2012
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Drinking plain old water can be a bit of a snoozefest, especially if you're getting your recommended daily amount of at least eight large glasses a day. But if your ennui is leading you to load up on seemingly healthy bottled-water alternatives, you need to read this first.

"In general, we have no evidence that water can be improved," says Prevention magazine's nutrition advisor David Katz, MD, MPH, an associate professor adjunct in public health at Yale University's School of Medicine. "There is no convincing evidence of benefit from any version of 'enhanced' water."

In general, he says, "we consider a beverage 'water' if it has no calories, no sodium (or trivial amounts in mineral water), and no sweetener (sugar, alternative, or artificial). If a product is sweetened, it's not water--it's a soda."

Here's what you need to know before you glug your next jug of fancy water.

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