Updated February 25th, 2024 at 00:46 IST

Is Flavoured Water Good For You? Weighing The Pros And Cons Of The Infused Drink

Keeping up with one's hydration goals can prove to be a challenge of its own especially if you lead a fast-paced life. But is infused water all that good?

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The recently erupting chatter around the gargantuan importance on keeping oneself hydrated through the day has led to a boom of several niche adjacent industries. For instance, carrying a Stanley Cup (or its dupe!) around has become part of meeting one's aesthetic goals for the day. In the same breath, the advent of 'infused' or 'flavoured' water cannot be ignored. But what is flavoured water? And is it good for you?

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What is flavoured or infused water?


Flavoured or infused water, is exactly what the name suggests. The 'drink' is essentially water, laced with a slight - or intense - flavour profile of one's liking. Believe it or not, some people find it incredibly hard to meet their hydration goals for the day, not because they are pressed for time, but because water tastes 'too plain' or flat. 

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In this regard, flavoured water adds an appreciable pop of 'taste' to the same. Flavoured water can either be made at home, or more efficiently - bought pre-packaged. A variant in this regard is also fizzy water, which is essentially a softer version of soda. Finally, there also exist in the market, married versions of these variants - namely, flavoured fizzy water.

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What are the pros and cons of flavoured or infused water?


If you have made a little routine out of infusing your water with the appreciable properties and refreshing flavour profiles of common choices like cucumber, lemon and mint - know that your attempts are harmless. While flavoured water can ensure the meeting of hydration goals for those not taking to the 'taste' of plain water - overdoing it, is strictly not advised. 

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While flavoured water is a great alternative if you are actively trying to cut down the intake of full-blown sodas and sugary drinks full of liquid carbs, using it as an instant swap every time you are thirsty is a strict no no. As per a Web MD report, tooth enamel erosion and eventual weight gain are side effects that come with becoming a (packaged) infused water regular. For instance, an average can of flavoured water can contain around 52 calories - while plain water carries none. Additionally, even while infusing water at home, ensure the fruits or leaves you use are in good healthy condition as water being the main vessel can lead to several foodborne illnesses, particularly food poisoning. 

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Published February 24th, 2024 at 23:46 IST