Best Flavored Water Brands: What are they?
The following list includes the most popular flavored waters. These products come from various companies and manufacturers. They all have their own unique taste and characteristics. You will see some of them in different colors, which means it’s not just one color; there might be many shades of blue or green. Some of these flavors may contain fruit juices, milk, herbs or other ingredients that make up the flavor profile.
In addition to the above mentioned brands, there are others that are less common but still worth mentioning. For example, there is a brand called “Fruit Punch” that contains no fruit juice at all. There is another brand called “Tropicana Breeze”. Tropicana Breeze does contain fruit juice, however its flavor profile differs from the rest of the ones listed here.
What makes a good flavored water?
There are several factors that go into making a good flavored water. These include the type of beverage, the source of flavoring, how it tastes and what kind of person drinks it.
Type of Beverage: There are two types of beverages that fall under this category: bottled and tap. Bottled beverages usually contain more natural ingredients than those found in tap water. In fact, many of the tap water flavored waters listed here contain less than 10% fruit juice while the rest is just tap water.
Flavor: There are several different natural and artificial flavors that can be found in flavored waters. The natural ones tend to have more complex flavor profiles while the artificial just taste “off”. It’s best to stick with natural flavored waters that come from real fruit and other plants.
Taste: The taste of flavored water is another important factor. Some people, myself included, just don’t like the taste. Others can’t get enough of it. The main reason why these waters appeal to some people but not others comes down to taste and preference.
If you enjoy the taste of real fruit juices and flavored beverages, then you will most likely enjoy the taste of these waters as well.
Personality: The personality of the person drinking the flavored water also matters. Children, teenagers and young adults seem to enjoy these waters the most. My wife is a big fan of these flavored waters as well. However, my mom hates them.
She doesn’t understand the appeal of these waters and thinks they are a waste of money.
Why people drink flavored water?
There are several reasons why people drink flavored water. Some people do it for fun, others do it for health and some do it for sport. Let’s talk about all three.
For fun: Some people drink flavored water just for fun. They like the taste and they don’t mind spending extra money on these flavored waters. For these people, it’s all about the instant gratification of pleasure. The money spent on these flavored waters is secondary.
For health: Other people drink flavored water for their health. They want to stay hydrated throughout the day while also getting necessary nutrients and minerals into their body. These waters can help prevent dehydration while also giving the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals.
For sport: Some people drink flavored water for a sport. These are mainly runners, cyclists and swimmers who use these flavored waters to re-hydrate their bodies after working out or competing. These waters can help replenish lost nutrients and minerals due to heavy perspiration caused by exercise. Some flavored waters also come in isotonic variations, which are formulated with the ideal balance of sugars and salts.
These sugars and salts help replenish what was lost through perspiration. This is especially useful for long distance runners and cyclists.
How to save money
Buying flavored water in bulk is one of the best ways to save money. When you buy water in bulk, it’s much cheaper than buying it in small bottles at your local grocery store. In addition to buying in bulk, you’ll also want to take advantage of any coupons or specials that are currently being promoted by the different water bottlers. Savings can also be made by signing up for a bottler’s mailing list.
These mailing lists are how bottlers get around restrictions on mass media advertising. By signing up, you’ll receive coupons and discount offers that are sent straight to your mailbox.
Tip: Buying in bulk is one of the easiest ways to save money.
How can I tell if my water is flavored or not?
One way to tell if your water is flavored or not is to take a sip. If you taste any sort of fruit flavor, then it’s probably flavored water. However, this isn’t always accurate because some water bottles contain additives that give water a slight fruit flavor without containing any real fruit juices.
The only way to be 100% sure if the water is flavored or not is to read the nutrition label on the back of the water bottle. If the water contains less than 1/2 of 1% of any fruit juice, then the water is considered to be flavored water.
Is it safe to drink flavored water?
Is flavored water bad for you?
No. However, drinking too much of it can be just as bad as drinking too much regular water. Too much of anything is never a good thing. Drinking excessive amounts of any liquid will cause your body to lose important electrolytes. Electrolytes are what allow your nerves to communicate with your brain. If you lose enough of these precious nutrients, you could suffer from severe dehydration and even death. You should always make sure to consume water in moderation.
Should I drink flavored water?
If you like the taste and don’t mind paying the extra money, then go ahead and indulge in your favorite flavors. However, if you’re trying to watch your money and don’t really care for the taste of flavored water, then you’re better off drinking regular water. Your body won’t be losing out on any crucial nutrients and you’ll still stay hydrated.
Should I drink diet flavored water or regular flavored water?
This is a matter of personal preference. However, diet flavored water typically contains very low calorie levels. If you’re watching your weight, then diet flavored water might be a better choice for you. On the other hand, if you don’t care about calories, then you might as well spend a little extra money on the regular flavored waters since they contain more flavor additives.
Counting calories isn’t worth it when it comes to drinking flavored water. Water should taste good and be enjoyed.
If diet flavored water doesn’t taste as good or quench your thirst as well as regular flavored water, then why drink it?
Should I drink bottled water or filtered tap water?
There’s a very simple answer to this question: Bottled water is for people who are too lazy to invest in a water filter.
Fortunately, we’re living in an age where buying bottled water is no longer necessary. The heavy taxation and recycling problems have eliminated most of the reasons to avoid tap water. If you live in a house, your kitchen has a faucet. If you live in an apartment, then there’s a sink in the bathroom.
If you’re still struggling to find a source of clean water, then you’re pretty pathetic.
All you really need to do is buy a water filter for your kitchen or bathroom. A good water filter will eliminate the need to pay for bottled water and will also eliminate the hassle of transporting the bottles from the supermarket. Just attach the filter to your faucet (or screw it into the sink) and you’re ready to go.
You can get a basic water filter at any department store in the housekeeping section. They usually cost less than $50.00. I have one in my kitchen sink and it has worked very well for the past five years.
They even have solar powered filters nowadays if you’re into the environment.
Make sure to change your filter at least once a month or sooner if you notice a decline in water pressure. If you don’t use your water filter for a length of time (ie: you go on vacation), be sure to turn the main valve to the “off” position and open each faucet in your house to purge any standing water.
This will extend the life of the filter or at least prevent bacteria from growing in it. After purging the water, make sure to turn the main valve back to the “on” position.
Do you need to boil water before drinking it?
Boiling your water is always an option if you’re in a pinch or don’t have a filter on hand. It’s certainly a lot better than not drinking any water at all, but the downsides are that it takes time and fuel (if you’re using a camp stove).
If you’re really in a hurry to leave your home, then you may not have time to boil the water. On top of that, it takes roughly five minutes to get the water to a rolling boil. By the time the water is the appropriate temperature, certain chemical compounds that are still present in the water may already be doing damage to your body.
At best, you’ll experience a slight improvement over not drinking any water at all. At worst, you could get sick from the residual chemicals.
Is sea water acceptable to drink?
No, never drink sea water! There is far too much salt in it. In addition, there are other chemicals and minerals present in sea water that are harmful to the body.
Can I drink alcohol?
Yes, but only in moderation. If you find yourself gulping down the bottle to quench your thirst, then you should probably discontinue drinking. A bottle of wine has roughly the same amount of alcohol as a can of beer. Canned beer will do in a pinch, but it takes far more of it to equal the amount of alcohol in wine or hard liquor.
The reason why you shouldn’t overdo it is because alcohol dehydrates you. Your body will zap valuable moisture from your mouth and nose to try to dilute the alcohol and this leaves you susceptible to viruses and bacteria that may be lurking about.
If you do decide to drink, use the alcohol only for its dehydrating effects. In other words, don’t try to use it as a substitute for water. This is not a long term solution.
Should I eat snow to hydrate myself?
Only if you’re in a dire situation and need to escape death from dehydration immediately. Otherwise, no. Eating snow causes your body to zap energy that it should be using to keep warm.
It also takes quite a bit of effort and time to properly chew the ice, which in turn causes your body to work harder than it should be working. Unless you have a serious problem with keeping warm (or more specifically, a problem with excessive sweating), eating snow is more of a hindrance than anything else. Save yourself the trouble and just carry proper water purification supplies.
Should I urinate in my water bottle to save on water?
No! This is a trick question. You should never, ever urinate into your water bottle.
In normal circumstances, your urine is about as sterile as tap water (ie: not at all). In a survival situation, your urine definitely isn’t sterile. In fact, your urine will more than likely contain pathogens that will further contaminate your water.
This is precisely why you always let you urine fully drain out of your body before entering a public pool. There is absolutely no reason to risk contamination when there are far more sanitary options available to you.
Can I use the snow around me to cool myself if I get overheated?
If you’re in a true survival situation, chances are getting fresh snow to cool yourself off isn’t really a viable option. Even if you are in a position where you can make snow angels in the snow, you still run the risk of lowering your body temperature too much (hypothermia).
If you find yourself having excessive sweating problems (again, excessive sweating due to excessive activity in hot weather), a better option is probably to remove your clothing and wrap it around you. The evaporation of the water will help cool your body down. You can always re-wet the clothing later.
Ideally, you want to keep your body temperature within a certain range: not too hot, and not too cold. Performance decreases when your body temperature gets too low (hypothermia), and likewise it decreases when your body temp gets too high (hyperthermia). Both conditions can be life threatening. Keeping your body temperature within the 98.6-100 degrees F range, will help maximize your survival potential.
What’s this I hear about peeing on prickly plants to make them softer to touch?
This is a very old, and very cruel myth. There is absolutely no truth to this myth. Urine does not soften up prickly plants or give them a “thirst” for more urine. Ugh.
I cut my hand open trying to use a knife.
I need to stop the bleeding, what can I use?
If you’re in a real survival situation (as opposed to a backyard camping trip), you’re probably not going to have much in the way of first aid supplies. The best thing you can do is apply direct pressure to the wound and keep it elevated above the heart to slow the loss of blood.
Taking cloth or bandages out of a first aid kit is generally a bad idea.
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