Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Enhanced Water = Enhanced Calories
With all the recent advertising for "Enhanced Water" ( water products with added flavor, color, vitamins and/or minerals) I just wanted to make sure that you know what you're buying/using.
In previous posts, I've written about the importance of drinking enough liquids to keep yourself properly hydrated before, during and after practices and games.
Research shows that, for people who work out less than an hour, drinking PLAIN WATER is all you need to do.
WHY DRINK ENHANCED WATER?
Enhanced waters might be used for people who just don't drink enough and would drink more of a liquid with some flavor (although in this case, you could also get some flavor by adding a little bit of juice to PLAIN WATER).
If you need to add weight, enhanced waters will give you added calories that PLAIN WATER will not.
Enhanced waters also provide between 10-100% of the daily recommended intake of some vitamins. But that shouldn't be the only reason you drink them. While drinking enhanced water can help you meet your fluid needs, I'd rather see people getting their vitamins and minerals through eating healthy foods.
And if you're looking to lose weight, remember that enhanced water = enhanced calories
The 32 ouncer that Shaq pushes (above) contains 200 calories
32 ounces of PLAIN WATER? = NO Calories.