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Bottled Vitamin Water Drinks Found to Have Exaggerated Claims on Labeling

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Bottled Vitamin Water Drinks Found to Have Exaggerated Claims on Labeling

The consumer group Choice has accused many bottled water brands that labels claiming to offer consumers a nutrient-enhanced product have exaggerated health claims.

Brands such as Smart Water, Vitamin Water and Nutrient water were all described as "expensive lolly waters" with "over-the-top health claims," according to the website Sify. Choice claims that drinks such as these usually have enough sugar in one bottle to provide a person with a third of his or her recommended daily intake.

"This type of labeling creates the impression that the drinks can be used as a safety net for a poor lifestyle when grabbing an apple and a glass of water will provide you with far more nutrients for a fraction of the cost," said Ingrid Just, a spokeswoman for Choice, to Australia's Adelaide Now.

Choice examined Nutrient Water's Cranberry Grapefruit Multi-Vitamin, finding the label claimed to offer benefits similar to a full night's rest, steamed vegetables and power walks. The group recommends consumers treat them as they would any sugar beverage - drinking them only occasionally.