Vitaminwater sugar content not as healthy as it might appear

After the nonstop movement of a Zumba class or a hardcore P90X workout, many people reach for a Vitaminwater to refuel and replenish their tired bodies.

This particular sports drink, however, may not be as nutritional as previously thought.

Recently, the Center for Science in the Public Interest led a class-action lawsuit against Vitaminwater, a subsidiary of Coca-Cola Company, for violating consumer protection laws.

According to the CSPI, Vitaminwater’s nutritional content does not offset the high amounts of sugar in the drink.

To any habitual label reader, this comes as no surprise, but a 20 oz bottle of Vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar-which is just as much as a candy bar.

UNA cross country runner Casey Parks doesn’t like the taste, but thinks that “It’s just water with a couple vitamins in it.”

Unfortunately, the drink fails to include its high sugar content in its name or on its colorful labels.

Vitaminwater is more like a Coke than a bottle of water.

“If you’re going to drink it, you need to read the label and know what it means,” Peggy Bergeron, a nurse at the UNA Health and Wellness Center, stated.

Also stated in the lawsuit are the company’s wild advertisement claims.

“Flu shots are so last year,” a particular Vitaminwater ad said. A spokesperson for the company claims that their ads reflect the company’s “fun, humorous, and engaging personality.”

Bergeron thinks a statement like this might give consumers a false sense of security about the flu, making it an unethical claim by the company.

Some students were surprised to learn of this drink’s nutritional content, or lack thereof.

When asked if she would pick up a Vitaminwater after a workout, UNA sophomore Katie Mauldin had no hesitations.

After she learned about the 33g of sugar she would be drinking, Mauldin said she would probably decline the drink.

“I should read the labels, but I don’t look at them much,” she admitted.

According to the American Heart Association, the healthy daily sugar intake for an adult male is 37.5 grams.

Bergeron thinks that consuming almost all of your recommended sugar in one drink is a bad idea.

“It only takes a second of your time,” Bergeron said. She stresses that reading nutritional labels should be extremely important to students.

Instead of a post-workout Vitaminwater, workout junkies with a sweet tooth can try a low-fat chocolate milk instead.

It does have a high sugar content (15-25 grams), but balances those sugars with natural protein. Recent studies have even shown that it can help your body recover faster.