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Anyone heard of Hint Inc. "Flavored Water Beverages"...Sound legit?

by 10 · April 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Now I know nothing beats the sweet nectar of the gods (water), but I gotta admit I wouldn't mind switching up for a water like beverage that isn't coconut water and isn't terribly unhealthy. So they have a website and a lot of interesting flavors (cucumber, watermelon) and apparently they have no artificial flavors, preservatives, and all natural flavors.

Anyone tried this or seen the label on this? Trying to decide before I order some from the website.

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20462 · June 29, 2011 7:21 PM

But.. but.. but.. you GUYS! Why don't you just make your own instead of purchasing this stuff? Then you know what you're getting as it has your fingerprints all over it. I keep mason jars of different tea in the fridge - green, black, herbal, and add selter, herbs, sometimes I'll muddle up some berries with a little acid and chinoise into a glass and top with seltzer, etc. Chunk up a watermelon, or any melon or berries for that matter, puree, toss into a jar and use that cut with water, or again my favourite seltzer, as a tasty drink. When I lived in Guatemala that was what you drank at all the open Mercados, sometimes with a little cream or milk, and it.was.awesome. You'll support your greenmarket, your local farmer, no bottles to recycle, and you bod will be happy.

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18236 · June 29, 2011 3:42 PM

I've tried them all. They are very well done and have the perfect balance of flavor because all of them are very subtle. The only questionable in their ingredients is "natural flavors" which could mean anything.

So I wrote to the company to inquire about exactly what that means. I can't access my personal email right now so I can't copy/paste their reply, but they said something like... "We use only natural ingredients to match the flavor as closely as possibly and we take great care to make sure it's healthy" or something like that. It sounded like a dodgy answer, but at the same time, I did get the notion that they understand that people might be concerned about it and somehow, overall I was comfortable with their reply.

For me personally though, I can't drink these anymore. Almost every time I do, even just a few sips, I can feel a bit of pain in my kidney's shortly after. It's the pain I'm familiar with from kidney stones. Not sure what to make of it, but unfortunately these don't work for me. YMMV.

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15261 · February 28, 2013 2:19 AM

Oh fer god's sake just drink water. Don't fall into the Big Beverage trap of trying to sell you colors, sugars, chemicals, and preservatives while trying to convince you that they are harmless or even good for you. It's crap.

You can live the rest of your life drinking nothing but water, and the occasional broth or stock, and be happy, healthy and satisfied. Maybe you think that a deep part of your soul won't be satisfied unless you drink artificial orange flavor twice a day, but once you give it up you'll realize how silly that is.

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10 · December 08, 2012 7:33 PM

My daughter tried the strawberry-kiwi and broke out in a rash, her chest got tight and her tongue felt "fuzzy.". Called the company because my daughter is not allergic to strawberries or kiwi and I wanted to know what "other natural flavors" consisted of. Got the run around. No answers. Still waiting for a call back (over a month now) once they "look into it more". They did send a case of the stuff to us to make up for our inconvenience. What am I going to do with that stuff? Yikes!

I don't like the secret ingredients, whatever they are. They are obviously not "natural".

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10 · September 26, 2012 5:28 AM

yeah whats the "natural flavors" last time I heard that it meant crushed up beetle parts at Starbucks. It could mean anything. Shady.

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1607 · June 29, 2011 3:33 PM

I've tried most of the flavors and they're all pretty good. No sweeteners, artificial or otherwise. I'm a fan of the strawberry kiwi myself. I also love the Metromint waters, the Ayala's Herbal Waters (amazing flavors like clove/cardamom!) and the La Croix sparkling waters. If you want to avoid the sugars and artificial sweeteners, they're a great alternative to tea and plain water.

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0 · February 28, 2013 1:49 AM

Natural flavors are under the umbrella of MSG...Check any page about how MSG is hidden in foods...

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3926 · June 29, 2011 2:57 PM

I LOVE this water. Just a Hint of flavor. Most flavors are good, but some taste like flowers to me. I like the watermelon and the rasberry-lime and the mango-grapefruit. Here is the label for the watermelon:

Ingredients: Purified water, watermelon and other natural flavors

Calories: 0 Fat: 0 Sodium: 0 Carbs: 0 Protein: 0

"The idea behind Hint is simple: nature's original refreshment accented with natural flavor. With no sugar or sweeteners, Hint is a refreshing alternative to soda, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great."

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-2 · April 12, 2013 at 12:45 AM

It says no MSG no preservatives and vegan and gluten free. I think it's from the actual fruit

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