Sunday, February 6, 2011

Vitamin Water Zero

Ok, so I feel the need to defend Vitamin Water Zero because a national morning news program did a piece on Vitamin Water and how bad it is for you. They told how Vitamin Water makes claims about who needs a flu shot when you can drink it? They compared it to regular soft drinks. While I agree, regular Vitamin Water is not a good choice and frankly just as bad as a regular sugar laden soft drink, they did not give any mention to Vitamin Water Zero. Fair? I think not. And the flu thing is just plain silly and dumb. Bad Vitamin Water, bad bad bad...

Now this is for those who don't use artificial sweeteners and are heavily addicted to soft drinks. That would have been me prior to March 25, 2010. A little background on me...I drank regular soft drinks always. I have a high sensitivity/allergy to artificial sweeteners. I was hospitalized for it once so yeah I don't touch the stuff if I can help it. I have to have a large dose (as in a diet soft drink) of it to have slight problems but long term use or using it while my immune system is compromised will cause major problems to develop.

So, I drank regular sugar laden soft drinks daily. I had 2-3 20 oz bottles of Big Red daily at work and then 2-3 12 oz cans of grape soda at home each day. Sometimes more. I had tried the Vitamin Water 10 and found it had a funny aftertaste and wasn't all that good. I tried it though and it didn't cause any reactions so I drank one a day, maybe. Then they came out with Vitamin Water Zero. On March 25, I had my last intake and scheduled my Lap Band surgery. That day I quit soft drinks for good, cold turkey. I picked up Vitamin Water Zero and never looked back.

Here's the skinny on it. It is made with Stevia taken from www.stevia.com.

Stevia is a South American herb that has been used as a sweetener by the Guarani Indians of Paraguay for hundreds of years. The leaves of this small, green Stevia rebaudiana plant have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar.

Stevia has many excellent properties. The body does not metabolize the sweet glycosides from the stevia leaf or any of its processed forms - so there is no caloric intake. Stevia doesn't adversely affect blood glucose levels and may be used freely by diabetics.

Now, for my personal opinion and remember this is personal so everyone is different. I am diabetic and have had no problems what so ever with my blood sugar while using Vitamin Water Zero. I also have not had one cold, knock on wood, or the flu or any problems. I have children and they have been sick with the flu, colds, strep throat, even my husband has "caught" all of it, but not me. I wake up feeling like something is coming on but then it goes away. Now is this due to Vitamin Water Zero? I don't know but I do know I caught EVERYTHING that was going around but since drinking the Vitamin Water Zero I have caught nothing. Coincidence? Maybe. I figure the vitamins can't hurt. I only drink Vitamin Water Zero Rise flavor. It is orange. You have to be careful because some of the other flavors have natural caffeine in them and I don't drink any caffeine. Now, some that drink diet drinks think the Vitamin Water Zero is too sweet tasting. I find it is just right considering I used to drink regular soft drinks.

Anyway, this is my personal opinion and in no way claims to be right for everyone but suggests this as an alternative and something that has worked for me.

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