Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Not a Fan of Cumberland Punch? Stur 'Water Enhancer' May Help

Posted By on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Over the years, I’ve heard people say, “I don’t really like water” and I thought, “How could you not like water?” Water is great! It’s mostly tasteless, but that’s part of its appeal. But then I had a taste of "Cumberland Punch" and I got it; our tap water is … not good. Not tasteless, either. The summertime is the worst; if the weather's dry, the taste of water will alternate between pond water and pool water. As a result, I no longer drink enough water. Though instead of buying water, I’ve discovered that boiling it in a tea kettle helps with the taste quite a bit.

But I don’t always have that option. And bad-tasting water is everywhere. It’s a big reason why “water enhancers” are so popular. But have you checked out the ingredients in the liquid versions? Many of them are fortified with vitamins and other supplements, but some also contain artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors and preservatives, including propylene glycol and aspartame. Isn’t the point of drinking more water to be healthy? That seems counterintuitive to me.

Recently, the folks at Stur contacted me about what they say is a better, all-natural alternative. It was developed by a man whose wife needed to drink more water during her pregnancy, but was concerned about artificial and unnecessary ingredients. I've tried out the fruit punch, strawberry watermelon, and tea and lemon versions and I have to say that I like them all quite a bit.

Stur helped improve the flavor of my water dramatically. My daughter enjoyed her Stur water as well. Stur uses natural flavors and vegetable-based dyes and is supplemented only with Vitamin C. For sweetness, it uses all-natural stevia extract, so it has no sugar and no calories. So it’s not just great for pregnant women, it’s also great for kids and anyone concerned about artificial sweeteners. It’s also popular as a flavoring for Soda Stream users, though I think it might get a little costly if you want a huge burst of flavor. I think it’s best used just to make tap water a little more palatable.

The first generation of Stur contained additional, albeit natural, vitamin supplements and preservatives. The ingredients lists available on Amazon and even on their website appear to be outdated. Each container of Stur I have lists only water, natural flavors, citric acid (a natural preservative), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), vegetable juice for color, and natural stevia extract (the tea and lemon flavor does also contain black tea extract, however). So I believe they’ve updated their formula to reflect the need for a water enhancer that doesn’t contain a lot of things you don’t want in it.

Stur is available via Amazon, but I’ve also been told that it’s been spotted in local Kroger stores. It is a liquid, but I’ve carried it in my purse with no trouble from leakage. If you prefer a powdered water enhancer, local company Everly produces powdered drink mixes in individual packets. These drink mixes do include other enhancements (vitamins and antioxidants) but are also all-natural. They’re currently out of stock in most flavors, but are working on their next batch, which they’ve indicated will be available by the end of this month.

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