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Some flavored waters are just that — plain water with only flavoring and no added sugars. Others have sugar or use other sweeteners, which can add calories. So you could end up drinking a lot of calories if you choose the wrong type of flavored water. In addition, flavored waters typically cost more. Buying bottled water (flavored or not) on a regular basis is also wasteful due to the extra packaging with cans or bottles, so always choose those with the least amount of packaging and recycle if possible.
To make your own flavored water:
- Add slices of lemon, lime or orange to tap water and chill in a pitcher in the refrigerator.
- Add a small amount of 100% fruit juice to sparkling water for flavor and fizz.
- Here are more ideas for making your own flavored beverages.
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Contributor: Karen Sherbondy, MEd, RD, LD, Extension Associate, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of Missouri Extension, 816-655-6227