Hint Flavored Water Invites You To Drink Water, Not Sugar

The other night I happened to be visiting the Bed Bath And Beyond store in the 4S Ranch Section of Rancho Bernardo. I left Bed Bath And Beyond empty handed and figured I was in the area, I should check out the Jimbo’s Naturally store which is the local health food store which happens to be in the same shopping complex. I happened to need some unsweetened almond milk, so I thought should just pop in.

While browsing through the store, I ended up over by the cooler that stocks bottles of water in a variety of sizes, everything from gallon size bottles on down to individual sizes. The display case had a big section filled with bottles of water that featured really brightly colored pictures of fruits and berries. While the photos of the fruits and berries caught my eye, it was the name of the product, “Hint” and it’s tag line, “Drink water, not sugar” that made me pick up a bottle to read the label. Just looking at the Nutrition Facts label, hint water is identical to ordinary water, no calories, no fat, no sodium, no carbohydrates, no proteins, and no sugar whatsoever. The only difference to be found on the label is in the ingredient list, where in addition to purified water, it has whatever it happens to be flavored with. Just pure and simple, water and the labeled ingredient that gives it flavor, no sugar, no sweeteners, and no preservatives.

The label interested me enough that I decided I was going to buy a bottle to give it a try. Now the trick was to pick a flavor as there were a bunch of different flavors available. Ultimately I narrowed it down to a choice between the Watermelon and Strawberry-Kiwi flavors and after a few moments, I ultimately decided I wanted to try the Watermelon one first. I took the bottle up to the register and paid for my bottle of Watermelon flavored Hint. And from the first sip, I was impressed. The flavor is very subtle, Hint tastes exactly like water, but with enough of the watermelon flavor to make the water a little bit more exotic.

As someone who’s lost over 70 pounds with Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure program, I’m always on the look out for new and different products to use especially beverage products that are compliant with the program. I know that water is one of the best things I can be drinking, and I do drink a lot of it, I find that I run into the problem that I get a little bored with water because it has no flavor. I’ve already replaced my sodas with Zevia‘s all natural sodas that are sweetened with Stevia and Erythritol, but I don’t always want a soda. Sometimes I just want water but will get something else instead because I want a little flavor. Now Hint provides a solution that is water but with subtle hints of other flavors.

I liked the Watermelon Hint so much, that I looked them up online and visited their website at DrinkHint.com. I even sent them an e-mail to thank them for such a great product. I also asked if they were willing to send me a few samples to try so I could review them here on my blog, and I got a wonderful e-mail back from the company founder, Kara Goldin, who was more than happy to arrange some samples for me.

The samples arrived about a week later and I got samples of six of their flavors, Blackberry, Watermelon, Mango-Grapefruit, Pomegranate-Tangerine, Strawberry-Kiwi, and Raspberry-Lime. They were kind enough to send a couple bottles of each of the flavors. I decided to save a couple of bottles to take in with me the next time I visited Jorge Cruise’s office as I knew he would be interested. And sure enough, when I saw him, he was immediately enamored by the tag line “Drink Water, Not Sugar” just as I was. You may soon be seeing Jorge Cruise recommending Hint Water once he gets a chance to try this really awesome product.

In addition to the samples, Hint, sent me a press kit showing some of the magazine articles that featured Hint, including magazines like Health, Prevention, Shape, People, BusinessWeek and Time as well as a mention that Hint has been featured on ABC’s Good Morning America program. There was also a biography of founder and CEO, Kara Goldin, and I was really impressed that she’s been just as frustrated as I’ve been with the beverage industry in trying to find healthy beverage options that aren’t bogged down with loads of sugar. I certainly commend her on taking that frustration and doing something proactive about it and launching a great product.

The Hint flavored water beverages fit perfectly into the Belly Fat Cure and are a great alternative to ordinary water. I’m really excited about the new beverage option I now have available to me, and if you’re looking to have an alternative to plain water without loads of sugar, then I strongly encourage you to seek out Hint and give some of their flavors a try. I’ll definitely be buying more.

If you need convincing on why you really need to support companies that are making great products without sugar like Hint and Zevia, check out this video of an experiment I helped Jorge Cruise with. It’s a very eye opening look at what sugar does to our blood when consumed in excess amounts. You won’t look at sugar the same again.



2 thoughts on “Hint Flavored Water Invites You To Drink Water, Not Sugar”

  1. Hi Ryan,

    Thanks so much for the info on Hint, I will check that out. I too drink water all day and gave us sodas a few years ago. But once in awhile, I just want something with a little flavor and Hint sounds great.

    Also, since you have been so successful with the Belly Fat Cure, would you consider posting a sample’s day of food or what you normally eat in a day. Is it pretty much the same everyday as Jorge lists in his book or do you vary it some? Do you plan out your food for the day? I use an index card each day and draw my circles on the back then list my food on the front. I feel better when I plan it our ahead of time to be sure all the food I need is here in the house so I don’t have to panic when there just doesn’t seem to be anything that fits with the program that isn’t frozen, etc.
    Thanks for all your great hints.


  2. Hi Jean,

    I really like the variety of flavors Hint offers, and makes a great alternative for when plain water just isn’t going to satisfy.

    As for my meal plans, I don’t really plan them out. Keep in mind at the time I started the program, we were just taught how to read nutrition labels on how to find acceptable foods and were left to ourselves to figure out meals. In fact, the different weekly meal planners you find in the book, weren’t introduced until after the 10 week program I was originally part of. And keep in mind that I work in the middle of the night so my meal schedule doesn’t always correspond with “normal” hours.

    For the sake of simplicity, a typical day for me begins at 11pm. I take a probiotic and mix psyllium husks with water, then drive to work. Once I arrive at work, I get a hamburger patty, sometimes with cheese. I top it with mustard and eat it before work at 1am. Then around 6am I have a side order of bacon and that tides me over until I get home. The reason I do this is so that I don’t have to track anything while at work, it’s all a 0/0 so far. The bacon is kind of a snack to tide me over until I get home. Then once I’m home, the tracking begins because I will ultimately have 2 more meals during the course of the day. Sometimes it’s prepared at home, and most of the time it’s something out. I don’t have any set meals I go for, but I usually make it a protein and a couple of carbs. Sometimes it’ll be a lettuce wrapped burger, others I’ll make a hot dog at home using a high fiber tortilla instead of a bun. I don’t get quite as elaborate as some of the recipes featured in the book because I don’t enjoy cooking.

    But my best advice for following the program is do what works best for you, if you feel better planning ahead then definitely do that. I tend to only seek out food when I’m hungry, and sometimes I’m just not hungry and skip a meal.


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