{"id":604570812722,"title":"Vitapod Review: Can Wellness Taste Good?","created_at":"2023-01-02T23:09:04-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Vitapod Review: Can Wellness Taste Good?\",\n \"keywords\": \"vitapod, vitapod review, vitapod reviews, vitapods, vitapod ingredients, vitapod amazon, vitapod where to buy, vitapod price\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews the ingredients in Vitapod to give our take on whether the products actually make water healthier. We highlight two questionable additive ingredients and compare Vitapod to other popular flavor enhancers like MiO.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/vitapod-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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These pods contain electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. The brand describes their pods as “transforming your tap water into a great tasting, hydrating and a more complete nutritious drink.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Vitapod actually healthy or are they another overpriced flavor enhancer? Do the pods have any questionable additive ingredients? How do they compare to other popular electrolyte blends? And how do real users rate their taste and effects?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Vitapods based on medical research to give our take on whether the product is healthy or unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll compare Vitapod to two other popular flavor enhancers: MiO and Waterdrop. Finally, we’ll share real, unsponsored user reviews of this product.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Vitapod Healthy or Unhealthy?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Vitapod_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1672718653\" alt=\"Vitapod Hydra+ Cotton Candy ingredients\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients shown above are from Vitapod Hydra+ Cotton Candy flavor.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost of the ingredients are a blend of vitamins and minerals such as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003emagnesium oxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evitamin A\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe haven’t come across any convincing medical evidence that vitamin and mineral supplementation is beneficial for those without a vitamin or mineral deficiency, and even for consumers who want to supplement with vitamins, this is not a cost-efficient way to do so. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA typical multivitamin (like Nature Made Men’s Multivitamin \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3VGR5TO\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eon Amazon\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e) costs \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$0.09 per serving\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, while Vitapod costs $1.25 per serving.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSteviol glycosides\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eerythritol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are plant-based sweeteners which are healthier alternatives to processed sugar in our opinion. A 2020 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31204494\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e documented that erythritol actually has anti-diabetic effects which is the opposite of table sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are two ingredients in this formulation that we recommend avoiding:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a broad categorical term that doesn’t describe the specific flavoring agents used. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3620743\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eEnvironmental Health Perspectives\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found there to be lacking safety data and potential toxicity regarding some natural flavoring agents and their metabolites.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of individuals, as we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/cirkul-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCirkul\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e,\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e another flavor enhancer that contains this ingredient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eOverall we don’t recommend Vitapod from a health perspective because of the two questionable additive ingredients, but mostly because we don’t really see the purpose of this product. \u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt provides relatively low levels of electrolytes. Vitapod contains 50% of the Daily Value (DV) of magnesium, 4% DV sodium, 4% DV potassium and 2% DV calcium. So elite athletes that need an electrolyte drink would likely use a brand with higher levels of electrolytes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eVitapod contains some vitamins, but it’s much cheaper to obtain vitamins from a multivitamin supplement.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s certainly a healthier option than soda, but from a functional perspective we don’t consider this product to be very well formulated.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal, Unsponsored Vitapod User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Abby gives a product demonstration that shows how to use the Vitapod and includes an unboxing:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@abby_2240\/video\/7050575740835761455\" data-video-id=\"7050575740835761455\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@abby_2240\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@abby_2240?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@abby_2240\u003c\/a\u003e Loving my @Vitapodworld if you love flavored water this is the product for you \u003ca title=\"vitapod\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/vitapod?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#vitapod\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"vitapodworld\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/vitapodworld?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#vitapodworld\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"waterbottle\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/waterbottle?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#waterbottle\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"flavoredwater\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/flavoredwater?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#flavoredwater\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"sogood\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/sogood?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#sogood\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"fyp\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/fyp?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#fyp\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ original sound - Abby🌻\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7050575721210628910?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ original sound - Abby🌻\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the few video reviews that we could find that’s unsponsored is from a TikTok user named “rue” who claims the pods taste good:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@rue.thewitch\/video\/7130806972076559662\" data-video-id=\"7130806972076559662\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@rue.thewitch\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@rue.thewitch?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@rue.thewitch\u003c\/a\u003e @Vitapodworld sponser me ily \u003ca title=\"whatieatinaday\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/whatieatinaday?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#whatieatinaday\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"vegetarian\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/vegetarian?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#vegetarian\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"plantbased\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/plantbased?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#plantbased\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ Love You So - The King Khan \u0026amp; BBQ Show\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Love-You-So-6728562975734515713?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ Love You So - The King Khan \u0026amp; BBQ Show\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAre Vitapod’s Other Products Better?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Vitapod_Other_Products_Optimized.png?v=1672718736\" alt=\"Vitapod products image\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe product we reviewed in the initial section is from the “Hydra+” line of products. Vitapod also sells pods that they claim to have other functional benefits, as well as a water bottle.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe brand has a “Beauty+” pod that contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but it may be underdosed at only 500 milligrams (mg). A 2019 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on oral collagen supplementation found that it reduced wrinkles, but the lowest dose used in any of the 11 trials examined was 2,500 mg, or 5x the amount in Vitapod Beauty+.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eMSM\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a chemical compound found in plants and animals that has been shown to be effective for reducing signs of visible skin aging. However, as we documented in our review of another anti-aging supplement called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/dermal-repair-complex-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDermal Repair Complex\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, the lowest dose we could identify with a proven effect was 1,000 mg, or 4x the amount in Vitapod Beauty+.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t identify any ingredients in this formulation that we would consider likely to have an anti-aging effect at their stated doses.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe “Energy+” pods are likely to be effective for improving energy, because they contain an effective \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecaffeine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e dose of 200 mg, which is equivalent to around the amount in two cups of coffee. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’re unable to identify any other active ingredients in this product that are shown to improve energy levels based on medical research, so this seems to us like a highly cost-inefficient way to boost energy levels at $1.70 per serving, given that caffeine alone can be taken much cheaper.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe water bottle sold by Vitapod, called the Vitapod Go bottle, is made from stainless steel so we have no issues with it from a health perspective. We recommend avoiding plastic bottles, as they’re bad for the environment and plastic chemicals are proven in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8427741\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to leach into liquids and be consumed.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are no Vitapod products that we currently recommend.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eHow does Vitapod Compare to Other Flavor Enhancers?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMiO is one of the most popular flavor enhancers on the market. As we documented in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-mio-bad-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMiO ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, it contains a number of questionable additive ingredients such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners and artificial dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe consider Vitapod to be significantly healthier than MiO.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWaterdrop is another growing flavor enhancer that brands itself as a healthier alternative to commercial flavor enhancers. We reviewed the ingredients in \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/waterdrop-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWaterdrop\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and found that it has a very similar formulation to Vitapod. It contains added vitamins and minerals, citric acid, and natural colorants from fruits and vegetables.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eWe consider Waterdrop to be healthier than Vitapod\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e because it’s free of natural flavors.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Healthy Flavor Enhancer Recommendation\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Flavor_Enhancers_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664338346\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe consider True to be the healthiest flavor enhancer on the market. This brand sells powder packets made from real fruit that can be mixed into water. True does contain citric acid but \u003cstrong\u003eit has no artificial sweeteners, natural flavoring agents or any other questionable ingredients.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe only ingredients in True Lime are citric acid, lime oil and lime juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eVitapod Hydra+ costs $1.25 per serving, while True currently costs $21.07 for 128 servings, or \u003cstrong\u003e$0.17 per serving.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTrue sells a \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3UMob5s\"\u003eSampler Pack\u003c\/a\u003e on Amazon that contains all four flavors: True Lime, True Orange, True Grapefruit and True Lemon. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInterested consumers can check out True’s Sampler Pack \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3UMob5s\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product's official Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend any Vitapod products and we don’t understand the value proposition of the company.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe relatively small amount of nutrients and electrolytes contained in the pods can be obtained from diet, and we haven’t come across any medical evidence that taking supplemental vitamins and electrolytes is beneficial to human health for those not deficient.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis product is certainly healthier than drinking soda or sports nutrition drinks that are loaded with sugar, but we recommend water or whole food hydration drinks like coconut water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider Vitapod to be healthier than MiO, and less healthy than Waterdrop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, Vitapod only appears to be available for purchase through the company’s official website, and is not available on other third-party retailers like Amazon or Walmart.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-01-02T23:18:52-05:00","updated_at":"2023-01-05T14:33:39-05:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in Vitapod to give our take on whether the products actually make water healthier. We highlight two questionable additive ingredients and compare Vitapod to other popular flavor enhancers like MiO.","template_suffix":"","handle":"vitapod-review","tags":"_related:hydration"}

Vitapod Review: Can Wellness Taste Good?

Vitapod Review: Can Wellness Taste Good?


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Vitapod is a hydration brand that sells fruit-flavored pods that can be added to water or other liquids. These pods contain electrolytes, vitamins and other nutrients. The brand describes their pods as “transforming your tap water into a great tasting, hydrating and a more complete nutritious drink.”

But is Vitapod actually healthy or are they another overpriced flavor enhancer? Do the pods have any questionable additive ingredients? How do they compare to other popular electrolyte blends? And how do real users rate their taste and effects?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we review the ingredients in Vitapods based on medical research to give our take on whether the product is healthy or unhealthy.

We’ll compare Vitapod to two other popular flavor enhancers: MiO and Waterdrop. Finally, we’ll share real, unsponsored user reviews of this product.

Is Vitapod Healthy or Unhealthy?

Vitapod Hydra+ Cotton Candy ingredients

The ingredients shown above are from Vitapod Hydra+ Cotton Candy flavor.

Most of the ingredients are a blend of vitamins and minerals such as magnesium oxide and vitamin A.

We haven’t come across any convincing medical evidence that vitamin and mineral supplementation is beneficial for those without a vitamin or mineral deficiency, and even for consumers who want to supplement with vitamins, this is not a cost-efficient way to do so. 

A typical multivitamin (like Nature Made Men’s Multivitamin on Amazon) costs $0.09 per serving, while Vitapod costs $1.25 per serving.

Steviol glycosides and erythritol are plant-based sweeteners which are healthier alternatives to processed sugar in our opinion. A 2020 medical review documented that erythritol actually has anti-diabetic effects which is the opposite of table sugar.

There are two ingredients in this formulation that we recommend avoiding:

Natural flavor is a broad categorical term that doesn’t describe the specific flavoring agents used. A medical review published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal found there to be lacking safety data and potential toxicity regarding some natural flavoring agents and their metabolites.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause whole-body inflammatory reactions in a small subset of individuals, as we documented in our review of Cirkul, another flavor enhancer that contains this ingredient.

Overall we don’t recommend Vitapod from a health perspective because of the two questionable additive ingredients, but mostly because we don’t really see the purpose of this product. 

It provides relatively low levels of electrolytes. Vitapod contains 50% of the Daily Value (DV) of magnesium, 4% DV sodium, 4% DV potassium and 2% DV calcium. So elite athletes that need an electrolyte drink would likely use a brand with higher levels of electrolytes.

Vitapod contains some vitamins, but it’s much cheaper to obtain vitamins from a multivitamin supplement.

It’s certainly a healthier option than soda, but from a functional perspective we don’t consider this product to be very well formulated.

Real, Unsponsored Vitapod User Reviews

A TikTok user named Abby gives a product demonstration that shows how to use the Vitapod and includes an unboxing:

@abby_2240 Loving my @Vitapodworld if you love flavored water this is the product for you #vitapod #vitapodworld #waterbottle #flavoredwater #sogood #fyp ♬ original sound - Abby🌻

One of the few video reviews that we could find that’s unsponsored is from a TikTok user named “rue” who claims the pods taste good:

@rue.thewitch @Vitapodworld sponser me ily #whatieatinaday #vegetarian #plantbased ♬ Love You So - The King Khan & BBQ Show

Are Vitapod’s Other Products Better?

Vitapod products image

The product we reviewed in the initial section is from the “Hydra+” line of products. Vitapod also sells pods that they claim to have other functional benefits, as well as a water bottle.

The brand has a “Beauty+” pod that contains collagen, but it may be underdosed at only 500 milligrams (mg). A 2019 medical review on oral collagen supplementation found that it reduced wrinkles, but the lowest dose used in any of the 11 trials examined was 2,500 mg, or 5x the amount in Vitapod Beauty+.

MSM is a chemical compound found in plants and animals that has been shown to be effective for reducing signs of visible skin aging. However, as we documented in our review of another anti-aging supplement called Dermal Repair Complex, the lowest dose we could identify with a proven effect was 1,000 mg, or 4x the amount in Vitapod Beauty+.

We can’t identify any ingredients in this formulation that we would consider likely to have an anti-aging effect at their stated doses.

The “Energy+” pods are likely to be effective for improving energy, because they contain an effective caffeine dose of 200 mg, which is equivalent to around the amount in two cups of coffee. 

We’re unable to identify any other active ingredients in this product that are shown to improve energy levels based on medical research, so this seems to us like a highly cost-inefficient way to boost energy levels at $1.70 per serving, given that caffeine alone can be taken much cheaper.

The water bottle sold by Vitapod, called the Vitapod Go bottle, is made from stainless steel so we have no issues with it from a health perspective. We recommend avoiding plastic bottles, as they’re bad for the environment and plastic chemicals are proven in clinical research to leach into liquids and be consumed.

There are no Vitapod products that we currently recommend.

How does Vitapod Compare to Other Flavor Enhancers?

MiO is one of the most popular flavor enhancers on the market. As we documented in our review of MiO ingredients, it contains a number of questionable additive ingredients such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners and artificial dye.

We consider Vitapod to be significantly healthier than MiO.

Waterdrop is another growing flavor enhancer that brands itself as a healthier alternative to commercial flavor enhancers. We reviewed the ingredients in Waterdrop and found that it has a very similar formulation to Vitapod. It contains added vitamins and minerals, citric acid, and natural colorants from fruits and vegetables.

We consider Waterdrop to be healthier than Vitapod because it’s free of natural flavors.

Our Healthy Flavor Enhancer Recommendation

We consider True to be the healthiest flavor enhancer on the market. This brand sells powder packets made from real fruit that can be mixed into water. True does contain citric acid but it has no artificial sweeteners, natural flavoring agents or any other questionable ingredients.

The only ingredients in True Lime are citric acid, lime oil and lime juice.

Vitapod Hydra+ costs $1.25 per serving, while True currently costs $21.07 for 128 servings, or $0.17 per serving.

True sells a Sampler Pack on Amazon that contains all four flavors: True Lime, True Orange, True Grapefruit and True Lemon. 

Interested consumers can check out True’s Sampler Pack at this link to the product's official Amazon listing.

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Conclusion

We don’t currently recommend any Vitapod products and we don’t understand the value proposition of the company.

The relatively small amount of nutrients and electrolytes contained in the pods can be obtained from diet, and we haven’t come across any medical evidence that taking supplemental vitamins and electrolytes is beneficial to human health for those not deficient.

This product is certainly healthier than drinking soda or sports nutrition drinks that are loaded with sugar, but we recommend water or whole food hydration drinks like coconut water.

We consider Vitapod to be healthier than MiO, and less healthy than Waterdrop.

At the time of publishing this article, Vitapod only appears to be available for purchase through the company’s official website, and is not available on other third-party retailers like Amazon or Walmart.




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