***NOTE*** I have recently written a retraction to this article as I was misinformed on some facts. I have left this up as a lesson to others not to jump the gun. you can read the retraction here.
There are so many wellness potions and tonics on the market right now that it’s almost impossible to keep track. One of the newer ones on the market is called Karma Wellness Water, and it’s being touted as the better-for-you drink of the future… well, I guess they don’t expect you to read the label.
About a week or so back, I posted about the hidden names for MSG and when I started reading the ingredients on the side of my “Wellness” Water, the first ingredient in the vitamin mixture was Maltodextrin, which contains MSG. The ingredients list also includes corn syrup solids and citric acid. Corn syrup solids (and High-Fructose Corn Syrup) undoubtedly contain MSG and citric acid could contain a fair amount if derived from corn sources. All of these ingredients, two containing MSG and one that very contains MSG, were all listed well before any of the vitamins or minerals that have been added to the mix.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that it’s really fair to call these things wellness waters if they’re full of MSG.
Beyond the sensitivities that some people have to MSG, ALL people suffer from it in the long run. As I mentioned before, it has bee proven to cause obesity in smaller animals and is believed to have similar effects in the human body. As well, MSG is what is called an excitotoxin. Excitotoxicity is defined as “Neuronal injury caused by excessive release of excitatory neurotransmitters–glutamate and aspartate causing damage to nerve and glial cells” by an online medical dictionary. In lay terms, when excitotoxins are put in the mix, cells (various types) excite themselves to death. There are (tenuous) links to memory disorders like ADD/ADHD and Alzheimer’s Disease. There are also factors that link extended consumption of MSG with strokes. (1,2)
This is all in something that is being touted as a health beverage. It makes me angry when I see labelling like this because I think it’s misleading of manufacturers to say that something is good for you when it has so many other detrimental factors pulling it in the opposite direction. All people are going to see is the big print on the side telling consumers how much better their water is for you than the other vitamin drinks (and why they can charge you an arm and a leg for it in the process), but in the fine print, in light green writing on a clear background in a font so small that I almost needed to break out my reading glasses (and i don’t even NEED glasses) is a list of things that could actually harm your health.
Is there a ton of these chemicals in the mixture?
Should we still be wary of things like this?
If we allow a little bit to sneak into every food we eat, it starts to add up fast. As I’ve been saying in the last few posts, it’s all about being a conscious consumer. Know what you’re eating and drinking and make your choices accordingly.
As for me, I will not be buying Karma again. I do not agree with the marketing tact they have used and I feel that it is not right to call something with MSG additives as one of its top ingredients a wellness beverage.
Choose for yourself, but be informed. Another great post I found on the wellness waters could give you more insight. Feel ree to check it out: http://blog.fooducate.com/2012/11/27/should-you-be-drinking-water-with-karma-added/.