Yesterday as I was strolling down the beverage aisle of the grocery store, I spied these little princess and superhero-shaped water bottles. It’s a bit sad that marketers would have to put water in a princess container for kids to enjoy it; but if that’s what it takes for kids to drink water, it’s cool with me. I picked up the bottle for further examination, and come to find out; it’s not actually water. It’s a “Naturally Flavored Water Drink.” Yep, it’s “natural water” with sodium hexametaphosphate, stevia extract, malic acid, potassium sorbate, and a heap of added B vitamins. The label proudly states “Water, Only Better.” I have a new slogan for you Aquaball, “Water, Only Worse.” I should work in advertising, right?
Why, oh why on earth do we need to put stevia in children’s water drinks? Why is there even such a thing as a “water drink?” I’d rather have my (non-existent) kid drink water out of the hose than drink that stupid crap. Sure, stevia is derived from a plant, but after a child gets a taste for sweetened water, do you think they are ever going to want plain, actual water again? Probably not. Not to mention that Stevia is not produced just by grinding up a leaf. It undergoes quite a bit of processing to get the sweet flavor, and knock out the bitter fl