If you read our previous post, you know by now that water flavor enhancers are best consumed in moderation, but we want to take some time in this one to take it a step further. Which flavored water enhancers are the best and which should you avoid?
Here’s what the folks at ‘Eat This, Not That!’ came up with:
Water Infusers to Avoid
- Crystal Light Liquid – Drinkers of Crystal Light most likely enjoy it for its claims of zero calories and no sugar. However, you might do a double-take when you peek at the ingredient list, which consists of sucralose and sucrose acetate isobutyrate. That ingredient doubles as a thickening agent also found in printing inks.
- MiO Liquid Water Enhancer – We actually highlighted this brand in our previous post and pointed out that it contains propylene glycol. Though the FDA sees it “generally recognized as safe,” in terms of human consumption, propylene glycol serves as antifreeze to de-ice airplanes, as a plasticizer to make polyester resins, as well as an ingredient in electronic cigarettes.
- Dasani Drops – This drink infuser is comprised of a whopping 13 ingredients, including sucralose and ink thickener sucrose acetate isobutyrate.
- Propel Zero Sport – Aside from the B vitamins, Propel Zero Sport offers next to no health benefit. Citric acid, salt, and propylene glycol rule the ingredient list of this drink enhancer.
The Best Water Enhancers
- Stur – Only a pair of flavor infusers made the cut, and Stur is one of them. It’s vegan/plant-based, naturally sweet, and contains 100 percent of a person’s suggested daily value of Vitamin C. There are no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors. Plus, there are 11 great-tasting flavors.
- Skinnygirl – With only five calories, Skinnygirl offers four flavor options made with natural colors and sweeteners. Take your pick from white cherry, pineapple coconut, tangerine pink grapefruit, and blueberry acai.
Where Infuze Comes Into Play
Whichever flavor enhancer you choose for your next adventure, you want to be able to enjoy it when you need it. Infuze enables you to infuse custom flavor into the water flowing from your hydration pack to your mouthpiece in an incredibly simple way. It takes just seconds to attach and allows you to switch between electrolytes and pure water at the turn of a dial.
So, how does it work? When you start to draw water from your hydration pack, suction causes the internal seals to roll away from the flavor ports lining the inside. Water then passes through, pulling drops of flavor as it flows. The drops quickly mix with the stream and continue up to the mouthpiece. Once you release the suction, Infuze’s Venturi diaphragm shuts, and the seals roll back into place, preventing flavor from flowing back into your pack and eliminating a potential mess.
The bottom half of the Infuze houses a removable flavor cartridge which can be filled with your choice of flavor enhancer. You decide whether you want multiple flavors in the same cartridge or multiple cartridges with their own flavors. Best of all, you can switch them while you’re on the go.
Infuze’s flavor dial gets maybe the most attention and for good reason. When the Infuze is connected, you can drink any level of flavor, from a lot to none (pure water). Again, it’s all at your control with a simple turn of the dial.
Each Infuze comes with one flavor cartridge, one shoulder strap clip, one backflow preventer magnetic clip, and one additional hose. Shop now!