Readers of this blog know where we stand on soft drinks, vitamin waters, and juice drinks. They’re either full of sugar, or full of chemicals. The best hydration solution is tap water and y’all know it.
However, many of us have become so accustomed to flavored beverages that is nearly impossible to drink plain water. Not to mention kids who once sampling apple juice, Kool-Aid or Coke, can’t seem to enjoy water anymore.
We were recently contacted by Hint, a small company that makes unsweetened, flavored waters. We had a sample case sent to Crystal, a Fooducate blog reader. Here is what she had to say:
I received HINT water in six different flavors. HINT water is just that, water. HINT does not have contain any sugar, contains no artificial sweeteners or colors. What is does contain is water, real fruit flavor and ‘natural’ flavors. Their motto is “Drink water, not sugar”, which is great! My family does not drink sodas of any kind, high fructose corn syrup or any food that contains any artificial colors or sweeteners, so I was very happy to be trying this product. They are available nationally at Whole Foods and Starbucks, and many other grocery stores.
Of the six flavors sent to me (Blackberry, Mango Grapefruit, Strawberry Kiwi, Pomegranate Tangerine, Raspberry Lime, and Watermelon), there was a big difference in perceived sweetness, how close the taste was to product name (did the watermelon taste like watermelon), and how long lasting the taste stayed in your mouth.
Some of the waters were too ‘sweet’ for my tastes (Strawberry Kiwi), but my 17 month old daughter called it ‘juice’, and I felt comfortable giving it to her, knowing it was just water, she drank her whole sippy cup of Strawberry Kiwi HINT ‘juice’. The Mango Grapefruit was a ‘no go’ for me, it didn’t taste like either fruit, and was just un-enjoyable. The Mango Grapefruit HINT was the only flavor I did not finish. The Pomegranate Tangerine had a nice, subtle, refreshing flavor that I really enjoyed, and the Watermelon had a very light ‘hint’ of flavor, I might buy this one. However, my absolute favorite was Blackberry! The Blackberry was unbelievably fantastic, true to taste, not overly sweet, and actually made me smile.
As an expecting mom with a toddler, I am always reading labels in the grocery store, and usually walk right by the water section, but now I think I will keep a look out for HINT, for a nice break from my 2 Liter per day water routine. I would definitely recommend HINT water to my own friends and family. It would be a great replacement for all those other sugar laden ‘vitamin waters’ for those who just don’t drink tap water.
Thanks for letting me try this product!
What you need to know:
This is an easy product to write about because there is really nothing to say about it nutritionally. No calories, no artificial sweetener, or artificial anything. The company is small and still owned an operated by its founders, a wife and husband duo and parents to 4 kids.
What to do at the supermarket:
If you can avoid buying drinks at the supermarket – good for you. Tap water is safe, free, and abundant. For those who still need some flavor, you can easily add a wedge of lemon or some mint leaves to your water pitcher.
But, if you want the convenience of a prepared drink, Hint may work out well for you.
Disclosure: HINT contacted us and offered to send us samples. We had them sent to a family of volunteer testers. We did not pay for the samples. We were not paid to post this blog nor were we instructed in any which way regarding its content. In fact, we forewarned the company that we are skeptical and scathing of most products sent our way. If you would like to have something new and possibly tasty sent to you, why not become a Fooducate Product Tester? Just shoot us an email with your mailing address, telling us why you’d like to be a product tester. blog [at] fooducate [dot] com.