Amy Stephens


Licensed dietiTian

specializing in sports nutrition and diabetes

Try These Safely Flavored or Sweetened Waters

Add flavor without excess calories and sugar or potentially dangerous additives

• May 30, 2014
Posted in Sugar in Food.


Looking for flavor in your water? If a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime isn’t handy, some brands offer natural flavors and/or safe sweeteners like stevia or erythritol, or just a little sugar.


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Carbonated. Stores are stocked with unsweetened, naturally flavored carbonated waters like Dasani Sparkling and LaCroix. For diet-soda-like sweetness, R.W. Knudsen Spritzer Zero Calorie uses erythritol and rebiana (stevia), while Something Natural Sparkling Water (30 calories in an 11 oz. bottle) contains stevia and about 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar.

Non-carbonated. Looking for flavor but no sweetness? Take a Hint—Hint water, that is. If you like exotic flavors like Ginger Lemon Peel or Lemongrass Mint Vanilla, try Ayala’s Herbal Water. (Hint and Ayala also make carbonated waters.)

Drops. Like MiO, most brands use artificial food dyes and the questionable artificial sweeteners acesulfame potassium and/or sucralose. Two that don’t: SweetLeaf Sweet Drops Water Enhancer (stevia) and Skinnygirl Water Enhancer (stevia plus 5 calories’ worth of sugar in a half-teaspoon squeeze). Both add a subtle sweetness to the water.

Powders. True Citrus’s line of citrus-flavored sweetened and unsweetened powders delivers no more than 10 calories per packet. We liked the refreshingly tart True Lemon Original Lemonade (stevia and about half a teaspoon of sugar). Crystal Light’s Pure line of flavored powders (30 calories per packet) also uses rebiana and about 1 ½ teaspoons of sugar.