I really get tired of seeing these so called health foods displayed on TV or on marketing ads in gyms or health clubs. They are all lies!
Flip over your bottle and read the labels, you will find things like crystalline fructose, erythritol, just to name a few. These products contain aresenic also found in cigarettes, heavy metals that can cause your body to store nutrients otherwise digested. There are to many reasons to not drink this elixir, and the reasons to drink are all fluff. If you truly have a health food product you shouldn't have to spend mega millions to promote it, it will promote itself.
Coke owns the vitamin water company and is in the middle of a law suit for calling the beverage a health food. Which I think is due them, maybe now we can get other companies to make their products better or remove them all together.
Vitamin water is not much different than drinking soda, gatorade or other sports drinks, they are full of sugars in many different forms. Not to mention all of the chemicals for preservation, then there are the added colors and flavors.
Nothing will replace water for helping your body stay hydrated and to naturally break down foods and chemicals in the body. And if you are looking for electrolytes try coconut water, it has 15 times the electrolyte content than any sports drink on the market.
Now go read your labels!