{"id":556998197321,"title":"Is MiO Bad For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers","created_at":"2022-09-27T23:50:27-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Is MiO Bad For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers\",\n \"keywords\": \"is mio bad for you, mio is bad for you, is mio energy bad for you\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews every ingredient in MiO Original and MiO Energy to give our take on whether the popular flavor enhancers are bad for you. 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The brand proudly advertises that their products have \"bold taste\" while containing zero sugar and zero calories.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut what’s actually in MiO? Are there any unhealthy added ingredients? How do the ingredients in MiO Energy compare to the ingredients in MiO Original? And is MiO bad for you overall?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and we review every ingredient in MiO Original and MiO Energy to give our take on whether the popular flavor enhancers are bad for you. We'll highlight some questionable additive ingredients and share what we consider to be the healthiest flavor enhancer on the market currently.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMiO Original Ingredient Review\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\/MiO_Original_Ingredients_Optimized_675f0acb-7a9d-439b-bad1-097bab509e05.png?v=1664337369\" alt=\"MiO Original 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;\"\u003eApart from water, we recommend avoiding nearly every ingredient in MiO Original.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a flavor enhancer that’s been \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6097542\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003edocumented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e in a series of medical case reports to cause whole-body inflammation in a small subset of consumers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSucralose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener that was found in a 2018 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30535090\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to cause negative changes to insulin sensitivity in healthy young adults, even at only 15% of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) level. Healthy insulin function is necessary for prevention of type 2 diabetes.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNatural flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a broad term that could mean any number of chemical compounds. As we referenced in our article examining \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-bodyarmor-good-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eis Body Armor good for you\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, there exists medical research suggesting that some natural flavoring compounds are unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSodium benzoate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a preservative that was found in an \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/29243862\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eanimal study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to negatively impact memory and coordination. MiO Original also contains two other preservatives: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epotassium sorbate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esucrose acetate isobutyrate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eYellow 5\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial food dye that was found in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23026007\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\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;\"\u003eInternational Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to be contaminated with carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider MiO Original to be bad for you, because it contains seven additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eNutritionist Maty Harrington has similar conclusions in her TikTok recommendation to avoid MiO:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@nutritiouslyeasy\/video\/7016681303374400774\" data-video-id=\"7016681303374400774\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@nutritiouslyeasy\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@nutritiouslyeasy?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@nutritiouslyeasy\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"mixeddrinks\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/mixeddrinks?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#mixeddrinks\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"skinnydrink\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/skinnydrink?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#skinnydrink\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"mio\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/mio?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#mio\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"healthydrinks\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthydrinks?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#healthydrinks\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"healthycollege\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthycollege?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#healthycollege\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"harmfulingredients\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/harmfulingredients?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#harmfulingredients\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"red40\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/red40?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#red40\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"artificialsweeteners\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/artificialsweeteners?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#artificialsweeteners\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ Lofi - Domknowz\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/Lofi-6799585653702019073?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ Lofi - Domknowz\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\u003eMiO Energy Ingredient Review\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\/MiO_Energy_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1664337223\" alt=\"MiO Energy 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;\"\u003eMiO Energy has a similar formulation to MiO Original. It contains ingredients we already reviewed in the previous section and consider unhealthy: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecitric acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003enatural flavor\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esucralose\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esucrose acetate isobutyrate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epotassium sorbate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis drink mix contains two separate artificial food dyes: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eRed 40\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eBlue 1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. Red 40 was found to be contaminated with carcinogens and Blue 1 was found to cause hypersensitivity reactions according to the medical review on food dyes we cited in the previous section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAcesulfame potassium\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an artificial sweetener that’s been found to cause negative changes to brain and gut function in animal studies as we documented in our recent \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/prime-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrime hydration drink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMiO Energy also contains a blend of added vitamins like \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evitamin B3\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003evitamin B6\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. We have not come across any medical evidence that supplemental vitamins improves energy, and we consider it illogical to take supplemental vitamins without a proof of deficiency in those vitamins.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall we consider MiO Energy to be unhealthy because it contains ten additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCan MiO Make a Healthier Soda?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named Kaitlyn Anderson shared a viral recipe for a \"healthy Dr. Pepper\" that includes MiO for the flavor:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@k8lynanderson\/video\/6984542232325999878\" data-video-id=\"6984542232325999878\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"@k8lynanderson\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@k8lynanderson?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e@k8lynanderson\u003c\/a\u003e Dr. Pepper 🤝 Health \u003ca title=\"healthydrpepper\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthydrpepper?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#healthydrpepper\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"topochicodrpepper\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/topochicodrpepper?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#topochicodrpepper\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"healthydrinkrecipe\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthydrinkrecipe?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#healthydrinkrecipe\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"healthydrinkideas\" target=\"_blank\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/healthydrinkideas?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e#healthydrinkideas\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca target=\"_blank\" title=\"♬ original sound - Brooksie\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-6934109917917842181?refer=embed\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e♬ original sound - Brooksie\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\u003eOur Healthy Flavor Enhancer Recommendation\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\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=\"\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\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 it has no artificial sweeteners, artificial dye or any other questionable ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe only ingredients in True Lime are citric acid, lime oil and lime juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3UMob5s\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTrue Sampler Pack\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on Amazon that contains all four flavors: True Lime, True Orange, True Grapefruit and True Lemon. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\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 Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth MiO Original and MiO Energy contain a significant number of questionable additive ingredients like artificial food dye, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. We do not recommend either product and consider both to be unhealthy.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHealthiness certainly exists on a spectrum, and replacing a soda with a water and MiO would be a healthy switch, but we would definitely recommend regular water or seltzer over MiO products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor consumers who prefer flavored water to regular water, there are flavor enhancers on the market free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-09-27T23:56:27-04:00","updated_at":"2022-12-07T00:22:27-05:00","summary_html":"We review every ingredient in MiO Original and MiO Energy to give our take on whether the popular flavor enhancers are bad for you. We highlight some questionable additive ingredients and share a healthy soda recipe featuring a MiO flavor.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-mio-bad-for-you","tags":"_related:hydration, _related:nutrition"}

Is MiO Bad For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers

Is MiO Bad For You? A Registered Dietitian Answers


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MiO is a flavor enhancer that’s added to water to improve the taste. The brand proudly advertises that their products have "bold taste" while containing zero sugar and zero calories.

But what’s actually in MiO? Are there any unhealthy added ingredients? How do the ingredients in MiO Energy compare to the ingredients in MiO Original? And is MiO bad for you overall?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and we review every ingredient in MiO Original and MiO Energy to give our take on whether the popular flavor enhancers are bad for you. We'll highlight some questionable additive ingredients and share what we consider to be the healthiest flavor enhancer on the market currently.

MiO Original Ingredient Review

MiO Original ingredients

Apart from water, we recommend avoiding nearly every ingredient in MiO Original.

Citric acid is a flavor enhancer that’s been documented in a series of medical case reports to cause whole-body inflammation in a small subset of consumers.

Sucralose is an artificial sweetener that was found in a 2018 clinical trial to cause negative changes to insulin sensitivity in healthy young adults, even at only 15% of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) level. Healthy insulin function is necessary for prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Natural flavor is a broad term that could mean any number of chemical compounds. As we referenced in our article examining is Body Armor good for you, there exists medical research suggesting that some natural flavoring compounds are unhealthy.

Sodium benzoate is a preservative that was found in an animal study to negatively impact memory and coordination. MiO Original also contains two other preservatives: potassium sorbate and sucrose acetate isobutyrate.

Yellow 5 is an artificial food dye that was found in a meta-study published in the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health to be contaminated with carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals).

Overall we consider MiO Original to be bad for you, because it contains seven additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. 

Nutritionist Maty Harrington has similar conclusions in her TikTok recommendation to avoid MiO:

@nutritiouslyeasy #mixeddrinks #skinnydrink #mio #healthydrinks #healthycollege #harmfulingredients #red40 #artificialsweeteners ♬ Lofi - Domknowz

MiO Energy Ingredient Review

MiO Energy ingredients

MiO Energy has a similar formulation to MiO Original. It contains ingredients we already reviewed in the previous section and consider unhealthy: citric acid, natural flavor, sucralose, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, and potassium sorbate.

This drink mix contains two separate artificial food dyes: Red 40 and Blue 1. Red 40 was found to be contaminated with carcinogens and Blue 1 was found to cause hypersensitivity reactions according to the medical review on food dyes we cited in the previous section.

Acesulfame potassium is an artificial sweetener that’s been found to cause negative changes to brain and gut function in animal studies as we documented in our recent Prime hydration drink review.

MiO Energy also contains a blend of added vitamins like vitamin B3 and vitamin B6. We have not come across any medical evidence that supplemental vitamins improves energy, and we consider it illogical to take supplemental vitamins without a proof of deficiency in those vitamins.

Overall we consider MiO Energy to be unhealthy because it contains ten additive ingredients we recommend avoiding. 

Can MiO Make a Healthier Soda?

A TikTok user named Kaitlyn Anderson shared a viral recipe for a "healthy Dr. Pepper" that includes MiO for the flavor:

@k8lynanderson Dr. Pepper 🤝 Health #healthydrpepper #topochicodrpepper #healthydrinkrecipe #healthydrinkideas ♬ original sound - Brooksie

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, artificial dye or any other questionable ingredients.

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

There is a True 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 Amazon listing.

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Conclusion

Both MiO Original and MiO Energy contain a significant number of questionable additive ingredients like artificial food dye, artificial sweeteners and preservatives. We do not recommend either product and consider both to be unhealthy.

Healthiness certainly exists on a spectrum, and replacing a soda with a water and MiO would be a healthy switch, but we would definitely recommend regular water or seltzer over MiO products.

For consumers who prefer flavored water to regular water, there are flavor enhancers on the market free of preservatives and artificial sweeteners.




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