People are obsessed with LaCroix Sparkling Water. You've probably seen people drinking LaCroix. You've definitely seen these cans at health food markets around town.
As a low calorie, artificial sweetener-free drink, LaCroix looks like a healthy drink. But is LaCroix Sparkling Water worth all the hype?
The LaCroix Appeal
The artfully designed LaCroix looks cool, but LaCroix doesn't necessarily do anything positive for your body. In fact, it won’t hydrate you like non-carbonated, non-sparkling water does.
LaCroix fans swear by the drink’s health benefits, the truth is that the drink isn’t healthier than regular water. That being said, it is a healthier alternative to cokes. Because it doesn’t contain the sweeteners or preservatives in soft drinks, LaCroix won’t spike your blood sugar or lead to weight gain.
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LaCroix Sparkling Water Ingredients
Check out the label on a can of LaCroix and you’ll see two ingredients: water and natural flavors. No high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring or other additives.
LaCroix has zero calories, no added sugar and still tastes good. It comes in a variety of flavors, including lime, coconut, orange and apricot, and more tropical flavors like pomelo and passion fruit.
The Problem With LaCroix Sparkling Water
As noted above, carbonated water won’t hydrate the body as well regular water. They can also cause hiccups. Add in the fact that LaCroix is served up in aluminum cans that contain Bisphenol A (BPA), and it is easy to see why so many health aficionados avoid this trendy drink.
BPA is used to coat the interior of metal cans. This industrial chemical has been linked to health problems like premature puberty, infertility, hormone imbalances and even heart disease.
Should You Drink LaCroix?
If you really want to be healthy, regular water is always the best choice.
But, LaCroix can be a good alternative to Cokes. Because it doesn’t have the sugar of soft drinks, it won’t contribute to weight gain like other drinks can. And they cost about the same as a Coke or a Fanta, so you won’t have to worry about paying more for your health.
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*This post was originally published in August 2016 but has been updated and republished for the sake of freshness and accuracy.
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