Mama MiO: Guest Blogger Ansley wants better water
While I was out shopping recently, I picked up a bottle of carbonated water that was flavored with lemon. When I took a swig, I was surprised that the drink was sweet and had a strange aftertaste. Reading the ingredients, I realized that the harmless looking water actually contained artificial flavors and sweeteners. As someone who actively avoids sodas and other sweetened drinks, I was angry; my water had been contaminated!
So a new “water enhancer” marketed by Kraft caught my eye. MiO comes in several brightly colored flavors, and the syrupy concoction is packaged in a silver pod that reminds me of a tiny alien spacecraft. You add a squirt or two to your water, and the brightly colored syrup swirls around in your cup. Kraft is marketing MiO as calorie-free, caffeine-free, and free of artificial flavors. Could this be a healthy option? If there are no calories, where do the colors, flavors and sweetness come from?
If you dig around on MiO’s Facebook page, you can find the nutritional information buried in the “Info” section. The first ingredient is water. After that, things get a bit more complicated. is a chemical with various uses: it is an ingredient in the production of paintballs, it’s the in deodorant, and it can de-ice aircrafts. Very high doses of propylene glycol can be toxic. In MiO, it serves to prevent clumping and results in the signature swirling of MiO as it enters the water.
MiO also contains an (sucralose) as well as preservatives and artificial colors. Do these ingredients actually “enhance” water, or do they
make our H2O cloudy with unnecessary chemicals?
There are simple, tasty, and natural ways to doll up your water. Use seltzer; add some lemon, berries and maybe even (gasp) a teaspoon of sugar. Whatever you do, don’t assume that flavored water drinks have simple ingredients or you might end up drinking a nasty surprise.