I used to drink a lot of juices and sodas, but that changed as I have tried to reduce my sugar intake. Now I drink flavored water instead.
My Favorite Flavored Water Brands
|Brand||Why I Love It||Carbonated?||Artificial Flavor?|
Tastes like soda!
Pomegranate cherry flavor
Easy to find, lots of flavors
No artificial sweeteners; tastes like an infusion
No (they do have a carbonated brand though)
Strawberry kiwi flavor is amazing
Easy to find while traveling
Refreshing on a hot day
Sweet and fruity taste
Smooth and refreshing
Convenient and easy to find
10 Best Flavored Water Brands
There are only two things that I drink on a daily basis: water and coffee. I used to drink a lot of juices and sodas, but that changed as I have tried to reduce my sugar intake. These days, if I want to drink something that’s a bit more flavorful than water but less intense than coffee, I’ll usually choose a bottle of flavored water. It’s fairly healthy, refreshing, and there are tons of choices in terms of flavors and brands. In fact, there are so many types to choose from that it can be hard to figure out what to try if you’re new to the bottled water craze.
1. La Croix
The seltzer that started the whole carbonated water craze, La Croix is certainly the most well-known sparkling water in North America now. With many different flavors to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. Personally, I like the lime flavor as it has a super soft and smooth finish, perfect for a warm summer day. There is a lot of debate over the infamous coconut flavor, and I'll just say you have to try that one out for yourself!
The main rival to La Croix for seltzer supremacy, Spindrift does contain some calories (it varies by flavor) but I do find the taste to be a bit more real. They claim to use natural ingredients and natural fruit flavorings, so it does have a better mouthfeel, a bit more like some kind of carbonated juice. I like the grapefruit flavor the most but every flavor I have tried has been really tasty.
A relative newcomer to the field, Aha is pretty tasty all things considered. Their blueberry flavor is my favorite. They have pretty distinct packaging so it's easy to differentiate it from other brands if you still happen to do your shopping at a store. I have tried a few flavors so far but I do not really care for any of them, they have a slightly acidic aftertaste that I'm not a fan of.
While the company is known more for their unflavored mineral water, they have been making inroads into flavored water in recent years. They only have a few flavors to choose from right now but I really enjoy lemon, it seems to work really well with the mineral profile and the carbonation.
Don't be deceived by the weird spelling, Bubly is Pepsi's attempt at cashing in on the sparkling water craze and it's actually quite good. It is a bit fizzier than some of the other drinks on this list but I still enjoy it quite a bit. I prefer the strawberry flavor though the lime flavor is also pretty good, it just does not have the snappy taste that La Croix lime has though.
6. Sparkling Ice
This one is the closest on the list to a traditional soda: it has the same kind of fizziness and coloring as a soda but with zero calories and added antioxidants. It does have artificial flavors and coloring in it so keep that in mind. I like the kiwi strawberry flavor the most but the cherry flavor is also really tasty.
7. Clearly Canadian
I fell in love with this brand of bottled water more than ten years ago, long before the shelves were filled with so many brands of bottled water and long before I’d given up drinking soda. I think that’s why I liked it so much at the time. It’s a carbonated beverage, so it tastes a bit like soda, but it’s fruitier and fresher. And I think there’s something to the fact that they’re using pure Canadian water because it really does taste clean. They’ve now launched a non-carbonated version of their water, which I haven’t tried yet but am interested in testing out.
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8. SoBe Life Water
SoBe is just a terrific brand. I love their juices and teas, including the “lean” (diet) versions, but I particularly love their life water options. They have eight flavors, but the only one I’ve tried so far is pomegranate cherry, which I strongly recommend. The cherry taste is really rich without tasting artificial. It’s almost like drinking juice, but it’s lighter and better for you.
9. Glaceau Vitamin Water
This is one of the most popular brands of flavored water out there. Each flavor has different types of vitamins in it, which are designed to do different things such as give you energy or boost your immune system. I’m not sure if those vitamins work, or not but I do love the range of options that you have when choosing this brand. I also like the fact that it’s readily available in most stores.
10. Hint Water
I love it because it seems to be truly healthy. It doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners in it. It tastes a lot like the water that you get at the day spa, which has been naturally infused with lemon or orange or cucumber. Plus, they offer really interesting flavors like hibiscus vanilla and mango grapefruit. And I have to admit that I’m a little in love with the fact that it’s made in San Francisco (where I live) and I do like to support local businesses in any way that I can.
Is Flavored Water Healthy?
It depends on what you define as healthy. If you switch from soda to flavored or carbonated water, that can lead to a big health improvement in terms of weight loss. Swapping out a 200–300 calorie soda for a 0 calorie flavored water can help you reduce your caloric intake and lose weight.
Other than that, there is scant evidence suggesting that vitamin water or any other "healthy" waters improve health outcomes.
Is Flavored Water Bad for My Teeth?
As it turns out yes, drinking flavored or carbonated water can damage your teeth. The carbonic acid in carbonated drinks will erode your tooth enamel over time and damage the structure of your teeth. Even non-carbonated water can be laced with other flavoring agents and acids that can damage your teeth. If you are looking for the best flavored water for your teeth, simply adding fruit to your water is probably the best option.
How to Make Your Own Carbonated and Flavored Water at Home
There are a few ways you can go about making your own flavored water at home but I would recommend getting a SodaStream to help make carbonated water. It is a simple and easy product you can use to add carbonation and from there you can add in whatever kind of flavoring you want.
Personally, I add some of the SodaStream zero-calorie syrups to my carbonated water. They have a lot of different flavors that you can add depending on your preference.
© 2009 Kathryn Vercillo