Are flavored waters healthy?

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Manuel Villacorta
Nutrition & Dietetics
Don't fall into the beverage trap. There are dozens of fancy, "smart" beverages being marketed to us every day, and most of them are really just sugar, flavorings, and water. Think about all those flavored, enhanced waters, coconut water, and energy drinks. Rather than trying to reach your nutrient goals with these empty calorie beverages, eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and stick to drinking water for the best nutrition. Water is pretty perfect just as nature made it, so forget about trying to one-up what's already good for you. You'll also be doing the planet a big favor by not contributing more plastic bottles to landfills -- or the ocean!
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