Little or No Benefit from Nutrient Additions to Vitamin Waters and Energy Drinks


Be certain of your reason for drinking anything other than water. Hidden dangers are caffeine, sugar, sodium, and a multitude of vitamins that you do not need. Is there a possible link to young athletes suffering from heart conditions, maybe it’s marketing. You be the judge. Either way, stick with water to be safe.

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New study reveals nutrient content and on-package marketing are out of tune with dietary needs and conventional nutritional science

A new study by researchers working at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University investigated the nutritional benefits of novel beverages (vitamin waters, energy drinks, and novel juices) sold in Canadian supermarkets by assessing their micronutrient compositions. The findings were published today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

According to the study novel beverages sold in Canadian supermarkets revealed extensive nutrient enrichment. On-package marketing highlighted nutritional attributes such as immune support and antioxidant properties, and some made claims related to specific nutrients. In addition, nutrients were often juxtaposed with messages related to performance and emotional well-being, benefits that go beyond conventional nutritional science.

The study found extensive micronutrient additions at levels often well in excess of nutrient requirements. The most commonly found nutrients were vitamins B6, B12, C and…

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