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iQ H2O green apple water

In the sea of lesser-known flavored waters, a company needs a good hook to get me to buy. Or, I could just happen to find large cases of them on clearance sale, prompting me to buy. That was the case with iQ H2O, a flavored water with added vitamins.

What really caught my attention though, was the “green apple” flavor. Green apple flavors aren’t that common, and I remember having an amazing green apple soda from Jones Soda, so I figured this would be worth a shot.

What sealed the deal is the fact that this water contained no artificial sweeteners. I always peruse the labels to make sure sucralose and/or aspartame aren’t hiding in there, and this iQ water contained crystalline fructose (which is made from corn rather than fruit, so it’s not that good, but I’d still choose it over the other two sweeteners I mentioned.)

So let’s delve into the nutrition aspect…

This is mainly just flavored water with added sugar and vitamins. I’m not a fan of crystalline fructose (which is being used more commonly these days since it seems healthier than high fructose corn syrup,) although the total of 18g sugar per 16oz bottle isn’t terribly bad. Plus, some of that sugar would be from the apple juice concentrate, so there are maybe 12g crystalline fructose?

iQ H2O green apple water

The calorie count of 80 calories per bottle isn’t too bad, either.

The saving grace for this iQ water is the vitamin content:

Vitamin A – 10% DV
Vitamin B6 – 50% DV
Vitamin B12 – 50% DV
Vitamin C – 50% DV
Vitamin E – 10% DV
Calcium – 4% DV
Niacin (Vit B3) – 50% DV
Riboflavin (Vit B2) – 50% DV
Pantothenic Acid (Vit B5) – 50% DV

Look at that, it’s a good source of B vitamins! I’d say that makes it, at worst, a 50/50 blend of healthy and unhealthy.

This iQ water also tastes pretty good. To sum it up, it’s water with extra flavor. It’s not as good as Jones Soda, and it’s not as strong, sweet, or smooth as a tasty drink like Gatorade Tiger. But it is more appealing and enjoyable than either Sobe Lifewater or Aquafina Alive (in my opinion.)

My final verdict is…

I enjoy the flavor, and it contains some added vitamins. If it had organic cane sugar or stevia as a sweetener, instead of the crystalline fructose, and maybe some more Vitamin C, I’d be sold.

I’m not sure on the retail price, but I picked this up by the case at a mere 35 cents per bottle, so I’d gladly buy more at that price.

Official website: www.IQbeverage.com

Product Review Details
Company: IQ Beverage
Product: iQ H20 Green Apple Flavored Water
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2008-08-16
Obtained Product: Purchased at retailer.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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  1. Try the Jones 24c. Hands down the best vitamin enhanced beverage. JMHO


  2. @C

    I haven’t tried that yet, but it looks healthy, and being from Jones, I’m sure the taste is right on!

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