The "Healthy" Drink a Doctor Would Never Touch

The "Healthy" Drink a Doctor Would Never Touch

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First, we found out that soda is packed with a dizzying amount of sugar; then, we discovered diet soda might be linked to cancer. Now, it appears the so-called "healthy" soda alternative, sparkling water, isn't as virtuous as it might appear.

Despite marketing efforts to brand Sparkling Ice as a good-for-you drink, The Wall Street Journal reveals it isn't healthy at all. Products by the flavored sparkling water brand contain sucralose, an artificial sweetener and sugar substitute. It's the primary ingredient that makes the drink taste sweet like soda, without actually containing sugar.

According to Well+Good, research suggests sucralose could interfere with hormones in the brain that tell you you're full, thus increasing appetite. Studies indicate it could also change gut bacteria in dangerous ways, leading to obesity.

We hear you: Is there anything we can drink besides water that's actually healthy? Opt for low-sugar coconut water or try a homemade fruit infusion to give your glass of water an extra flavor kick.