Five Food You Think Are Healthy But Aren’t

3. Carbonated Water

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Pellegrin lovers, don’t panic. Not all water sparks fall into the category of “unhealthy.” What you want to keep an eye on in the list of ingredients of these products is the term “natural flavors”, which is found in many carbonated water drinks with a fan’s favorite flavor.

So what exactly are natural flavors? No one is really sure. The FDA defines the term, but there are gaps in the definition that really blur the line between natural and artificial flavors. According to the Environmental Working Group, a review document found that artificial and natural flavorings can be unspecified mixtures of up to 100 flavoring substances and solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives.

Basically, the term “natural flavor” does not mean much; and it definitely does not mean that the product is healthy or free of artificial flavors.

To make sure you know exactly what the beverage you are drinking contains, buy brands that are transparent about the flavoring agents they use. For example, the waters with Spindrift gas are made with a touch of real squeezed fruit.

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