Eco Vitamin Drink not so Body Friendly

Well, we hit a wall.  What the heck do we drink on hot days now that soda and fruit juices are out of the question (full of Sugars, Artificial Sweeteners, and High Fructose Corn Syrup).

Vitamins the natural wayBut then we came across EcoDrink Complete Multivitamin at Costco the other day. It cost $19.99 for 30 packets — 15 berry flavor and 15 orange flavor. You mix it with water in the BPA free shaker bottle that is provided, and it gives you enough for two people (or a big dose for one person).

It’s

  • Gluten Free
  • Full of Antioxidants, Nutritients, and Electrolytes
  • Diabetic Friendly
  • 100% Natural Flavors and Colors
  • 31 Highly Absorbable Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients
  • And it’s great for the whole family too!

It supports:

  • Heart Health
  • Eyes and Skin
  • The Reduction of Leg & Muscle Cramps

It’s got

  • Zero Calories
  • Zero Carbs
  • Zero Sodium
  • Zero Caffeine
  • Zero Sugar

What?? Zero sugar. Why is this drink so grossly sweet that we could barely drink it.  Oh, of course! It might have zero sugar, but it’s loaded with Sucralose, the artificial sweetener that is shown to overexcite and kill off our brain cells!  We should know better by now to REALLY look at the labels and not leave it up to the manufacturers to have the contents CLEARLY stated.

As an aside, the side panel has blurbs about how this product helps with heart health, a healthy immune system, healthy eyes, joints, and skin, and bone health.  Then right below that in little tiny print, it says: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration“. Hmm, interesting.

Well, I have to go and return this product to Costco.  See you later.

HERE IS AN UPDATE TO THE ORIGINAL POST:

http://bellyfatcentral.com/update-to-original-eco-vitamin-drink-not-so-body-friendly-blog-post/

TRY THIS WONDERFUL ALTERNATIVE INSTEAD!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. First, you should ALWAYS do your research before reviewing a product.
    Two points to make:
    1. Herbal/natural foodstuffs and supplements/powders/tablets do not need the approval of the FDA because they consider these to be of nutritional value, they are food based, not medicinal, to cure ailments. MAJORITY OF ALL VITAMINS ARE NOT FDA EVALUATED.

    2. There is only 1% of Sucralose in EcoDrink- NOT LOADED with it. Sucralose has been proven safe and is approved by FDA for children and pregnant women. IT DOES OVEREXCITE and KILL BRAIN CELLS. It is safe for Diabetics and Pre- Diabetics.

    SO REALLY – WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION FROM? Post my comment
    if you dare.

    • Hi Rayna

      I do believe that sweeteners over-excite brain cells. I think they are toxic. I think they should be taken off the shelves.

      Kathleen

  2. I just purchased a box at Costco… I like better Zip Fizz, but I brake one pack down to 3 servings. I was surprised at the sweetner. I did not look at the box ingredients because the sales person giving out the samples said it was made wit Stevia. Now… I am disappointed.

    • Hi Suzanne

      Thanks for your comment about the Eco-drink. It’s not sweetened with Stevia unfortunately. I returned mine to Costco and they had no problem
      accepting it back.

      If you run across a really good drink, let me know by posting a comment here.

      Kathleen

      • The ingredient list states Stevia Exract as an ingredient along with the Sucralose that was mentioned earlier.

        • Thanks for the update Niki. I may have seen Sucralose and stopped there. I don’t have a package of this product to re-check the ingredients.

          Still, having Stevia in it doesn’t change the fact that it has sucralose. These artificial sweeteners are deadly and I would not consume Eco Vitamin
          Drink because of the dangers of these sweeteners.

          Kathleen

    • Zip also has sucrolose

  3. I too was very disappointed about the sucrolose. They tout stevia but in the fine print put sucrolose which is a chemical sugar substitute. I really thought the Ecodrink would be my saving grace to get away from soda pop.

    • Hi Lana

      Thank you for your message. I was so disappointed with this product and we thought it would be our beverage of choice as well.

      But you know, even the boxes of Stevia that you can buy contain maltodextrine, so the food manufacturers have gotten hold of this product as well.

      It’s becoming a challenge to find pure products without all the crap in it. I still haven’t found a drink that suits me. Is it really too much to ask for a
      non-toxic refreshment?

      Thanks again Lana
      Kathleen

    • If you read the ingredients Stevia AND Sucrolose are listed on the box.
      The ingredients printed on the side of the box looked all the same size with no fine print to hide anything. If you are not wanting to use Sucrolose, you are already getting it in many baked goods, snack foods,PLUS other nutritional suppliments.

  4. Has anyone tried the product? You can bad mouth it all you want, but every body is different. unless you have tried it and experienced bad symptoms or have gained nothing from it, then i don’t thinks it’s even fair to judge the product. Many items we eat daily have sugar in them. Its different to judge the product with out knowing its effect and its different when you try the product and it helps you in some way such as motivates you to work out. You waste time writing bad reviews until you can prove it with experience.

  5. Thank you for this article, Kathleen. My children and I just got back from a trip to Costco, where a representative from the company that makes this drink was actively pushing it. I politely looked at the box and then tried to move on, but he continued to push it in front of my young children. This alone was irritating to me, but I decided to do my own research when I got home.

    Your article was the most useful that I have found so far, so thank you for that. I am in agreement that too much sweetener (natural or otherwise) changes your body and brain into wanting more and contributes toward diabetes and obesity. I’ve raised my kids on milk, water and a small amount of OJ for breakfast. If I give them fruit herbal teas, my kids love them while other kids say they don’t taste like anything, which is typical of people who are used to highly sweetened food and drink.

    I too will be avoiding this drink because we don’t like overly sweetened drinks either, and no one should get used to them.

    • And thank you Alex for stopping by to leave a comment. At the very least, when you consume that much artificial sweetener, it must cancel out any benefit
      from the vitamins in the drink.

      And that’s just the beginning. Then you will eventually have to contend with the inevitable weight gain and the consequences of that.

      No thanks, I’ll stick to vitamins tablets and water. Then I know what I am taking.

      Kathleen

  6. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for your comment Giana.

    I actually did train as a pharmacy technician and worked in a hospital pharmacy, but neither of those are required to know that artificial sweeteners are
    not good for us.

    You are right, ice water and a spritz of lemon are much better than the Eco Vitamin drink.

    Kathleen

  7. I read all the huff about a tiny bit of sweetener in this vitamin drink, but do any of you eat BBQ sauce, ketchup, granola bars, bread, teriaki sauce,spaghetti sauce…….????? The list goes on, most have high fructose corn syrup!
    I honestly found the Eco vitamins about 8 months ago at Costco and I add 1 packet to a large container of water, because is is a sweet and drink it through out the day, I am 42 and have to travel between LA and San Diego for work weekly, I was exhausted, I don’t have the energy I once did as a 20 something.I also am a very healthy eater, no meat, fried food, processed food, lots of who green foods and fish. I noticed a HUGE difference in my energy level not a little change a drastic change, I did not really notice until I ran out of the product and was too busy to get another box, but about a week into not taking one packed a day I really notice a big drop in energy. I have taken all sorts of vitamins through out my life but honestly have not felt the energy level and clarity I do with Eco vitamins. I also do not EVER drink caffeine so i know the difference between natural energy and the jitters or a sugar high. Also my 65 year old mother who refuses to swallow a vitamin and rejected every other vitamin drink i tried will drink it and felt better too!

    • Kathleen says:

      Thanks for all the good info Aimee and thanks for leaving your comment.

      I do try to avoid ALL products with sweeteners and especially High Fructose Corn Syrup.

      Kathleen

  8. WHat about Vita-Bev at whole health. Same thing but does show 4g of sugar. Vitamins are similar some higher some lower. You would have to compare. I have taken the ECO vitamin was really looking for something more natural. Exactly like was mentioned to add flavor to water and get the vitamins we need without swallowing a huge nasty pill. Thanks for all the comments in regards to the ECO drink. I hope I can find some additonal info about the VITA- BEV

    • Kathleen says:

      If you find out more about Vita-Bev, post it here. I’d love to know more about it.

      Thanks for your input.

      Kathleen

  9. I am so mad over this product right now. I have worked so hard to keep my family corn syrup, processed and artificial sugar free and was completely deceived by the Eco-drink rep at Costco who told me this drink was sweetened with stevia. It does have stevia in it but he completely neglected to tell me that it also has sucralose in it. I also read the label but did not see the sucalose, I guess because I saw the stevia and was believing the rep. A friend actually pointed it out to me and I couldn’t believe it. I am taking the remainder of the box back to Costco immediately. Sucralose (Splenda) is poison and I can’t believe people are putting it in their bodies. I’m more convinced of this if product reps can’t be forthcoming and tell people sucralose is in their product. You know its a bad thing when they have to deceive you to get you to buy their product!

    • Kathleen says:

      Hi Karen

      I too was deceived and promptly returned it to Costco.

      Thanks so much for posting your comment. (We are kindred souls). So many people do not know or believe the dangers of artificial sweeteners and all the horrible
      things it does to our bodies.

      Love the support

      Kathleen

  10. thanks for posting i just purchased the product from Costco and after doing my research on Sucralose i found out this product is not right for me or any other human, it has all these great vitamins and electrolyte and this one ingrdient kills off all the good in this product why does everything have to be so sweet if its not bitter it not that healthy thats one philosphy we have from the country i come from……be safe yall ECODRINK my foot.

  11. Hi,
    Just wanted to find out where to get more! Now I will research Sucralose first. but, wanted to say that I rather have have a soda too than plain water. I especially liked the ecodrink because it was both soda and multivitamin. But, try buying a Sodastream machine. It comes with bottles and a Co2 dispenser so you carbonate your own water! The bottles are reusable and co2 canisters are exchangeable so no trash! I would make my own sodawater and add the ecodrink, but you can just squeeze lime in it for flavor and take a multivitamin or of course, any other flavoring you like..

    • Great suggestions Vicki. I add a drop or two of lemon juice in my water. But with summer, I add a few mint leaves. Cool and refreshing.

      Kathleen

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I was specifically told this Eco Drink did NOT contain any artificial sweeteners!
    I was specifically told this Eco Drink did NOT contain any artificial sweeteners!
    I was specifically told this Eco Drink did NOT contain any artificial sweeteners!
    I may just be a little pissed — I have ADHD and have given up soda, all sports drinks, all fizzy no-cal drinks, just about everything except homemade diluted ice tea (not sweetened.) And I didn’t have my glasses to read the ingredients.

    I cannot believe they would lie this big — and the girl told me she works for the company and is not just a food display person.

    • Yikes. That is really low.

      People are concerned about their health today and want to know the truth. It’s like telling a vegetarian that there’s no meat in this dish (when there really is).

      Sorry to hear this Elizabeth.

      Kathleen