I used to be a big diet soda drinker. Since starting Paleo, I've cut out all drinks except for water, decaf tea, the (very infrequently) occasional small glass of whole fat milk (not pure Paleo, I know), and my flavored vice...SoBe Lifewater 0 calories.
The ingredients are (erythritol and stevia highlighted):
Filtered Water, Erythritol, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum, Calcium Lactate, Potassium Citrate, REB A (Purevia Brand), Modified Food Starch, Cochineal Extract (Color), Vitamin E Acetate, Calcium Phosphate, Gum Arabic, Ginseng Extract, Dandelion Root Extract, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12)
They don't make me hungry, and I take about an hour to sip one bottle. (Diet Coke and foods with artificial sugar alcohols definitely DID make me hungry.)
I also understand that stevia probably does not induce an insulin response: http://paleohacks.com/questions/1457/artificial-sweetners-is-stevia-primal#axzz1yEkcPXZU
The rest of my diet is 95% Paleo, and I can't help but have a drink in my hand throughout the day (usually water, but that gets boring).
Any advice is appreciated! (This is my first question on Paleohacks)
Ewwwww. Read that ingredient list again. Read it AGAIN. Does that look healthy?
Not to mention the pile of plastic you discard each week! And the transportation costs in oil of shipping WATER.
Get a stainless steel water bottle. They look really cool. Keep it filled with chilled water. Or get fancy and flavor your water with mint leaves, hibiscus tea, lemon or lime slices, cucumber slices or other real foods.
Added: "water, but that gets boring" This is your brain on marketing. Don't be a corporate advertising patsy.
I chill my water. Sometimes ill drop in some unsweetened cranberry juice into the water, or some lemon. Tart does a similar job to sweet in drinks. +1 on the fruit and water thing too...
Erythritol - sugar alcohol. Feeds gut bacteria, and causes digestive problems like gas and diarehha.
REB A (Purevia Brand) - potential carcinogen. Steroid like chemical from stevia. May impact on the immune system.
IMO, you better off having a low level/moderate amount of sweet, like a touch of fruit or honey than you are having alot of sweet from substances without a history of study or consumption.
I sympathize with you, especially as it's your first question and quite honestly I don't think it is going to kill you. If your primary goal is weight loss then considering what you've said I don't think it will prevent you from reaching your goals. That said I don't think it's optimal and I also think making it a daily habit seems like a bit much. I'd favor tea as an alternative to plain water when necessary and a little sugar, honey, or other sweetener if you feel it's needed.
Add some fresh fruit to water and let it "marinate" in your fridge for a few hours-- watermelon and mint; blueberry and lemon; raspberry and lime-- whatever combination makes you happy-- now you have something that's similar to vitamin water, albeit cheaper AND healthier
Started the whole30 may 1st, part paleo now.... grabbed a bottle of vitamin water the 1st week on whole30 and thought I was going to get sick. Had my husband take me home, I had to lay down. It took about 3 hours to pass that sick feeling.... My thought is the same, look what is in there....
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