“ Manufacturer: Danone / Waters „
Danone Activ has been a revelation to my family. My children don't normally like to drink water, due to the Midlands area having hard water and we feel it has too tinny a taste. However Danone Activ has a wonderful taste and the children are receiving calcium intake without having to force pills down them.
The price too was a consideration as a family of six with a fixed budget. We found Danone Activ to be very reasonably priced and purchased it by the case.
There has been a lot of advertising for Danone Activ products so I thought I might try their water. All is not as it seems. Advertising leads you to believe that you can get the same calcium from a glass of Activ water as you can from a glass of milk. What they fail to make clear is that you need a litre of water to get the same calcium (30mg) as you get from 250mls of milk. If you are drinking this product for its calcium content you would find it cheaper to drink milk. I paid 89p for a 1.5 litre bottle of Activ as it was on offer at Tesco. It is available in several flavours including Apple, Tropical Orange and Blackcurrant.My local Tesco only had the blackcurrant one so that's what I bought. The first taste left my my feeeling kind of greasey, as though I had swallowed a mouthful of cooking oil, flavoured with a sprinkling of powdered chalk. Further tastes only confirmed my opinion. It is horrible. Nutritionally a 1.5 litre bottle contains the following: Calcium 30g Energy 20.8kcal 88.3kj Protein 0 Carbohydrate 4.95g (including sugars 4.95g) Fat o Sodium 4mg Not so sure about the health benefits of the sodium (salt), or the sugar. The ingredients which are listed in the very small print underneath the bit about 1 litre of Danone Activ giving you 37% of the recommended daily ammount of calcium, are also a little suprising. Water 92.9% (what a suprise) sugar 4.95% citric acid, calcium chloride, preservatives, extract of blackcurrant and flavouring. So, you would have to drink 3 litres of this water per day to get your enough calcium to maintain your health. The thought is quite scarey...I would be up at least four times in the night and have a permanenly greasey mouth! It would also cost 2.67p per day. It's enough to drive you to drink!
Bottled water or tap water; I can rarely taste the difference and it is only my pocket that feels the difference. Give me a free glass of tap water anyday (well free so long as you are not in one of those very annoying restaurants who charge for the pleasure of a glass!) Whatever you serve me with though, I probably couldn't tell the difference and I won't make a fuss, however, Danone Activ is a new water to the market and this one is one to make a fuss about – especially if you are made to drink the stuff! Danone Activ came onto the market not too long ago and immediately jumped to number 8 in the bestseller’s list for bottled water. So, what makes this different? Well, can’t get your kids to drink milk? Give them this – it is water fortified with calcium! The Danone scientists will have us believe that one litre of Activ contains the same amount of calcium as 2 glass of milk. Two glasses of milk though totals 250ml in Danone’s eyes…pretty small glasses! Nevertheless, the National Osteoporosis Society has endorsed this product in the fight against osteoporosis. Despite the reported benefits of drinking this over normal water I cannot recommend it. Danone also make Evian water and the taste is initially not dissimilar. However, the water leaves a very dry taste in the mouth after swallowing – probably due to the high calcium content. This assertion is backed up by a statement on the bottle that warns you that extreme changes of temperature can lead to white deposits forming in the water (completely harmless) and this is most likely to be the calcium coming out of solution. I can’t say that a glass of clear liquid with white granules in suspension is my idea of a good drink! The water is “made in Wales in the Brecon Beacons National Park”. It does not say that it is bottled at source and I suspect that it is not overly different from the water that comes out of the taps! I
t is bottled in a clear bottle with a bluish tint, topped off with a bright red lid. The one advantage of the red lid is that it makes it stand out from amongst all the other waters available in the shops and supermarkets! In keeping with the trend set by Volvic, the bottle is crushable and recyclable – an interesting thought when you consider that bottled water is less energy efficient than tap water in the first place and thus decidedly less “green”. For those of you into the technical information, this product is 99.8% water with added calcium corbonate, chloride and sulphate and carbon dioxide. One litre of Activ should provide 37% of the body’s daily requirement of calcium. Don’t think too hard about the added ingredients though – calcium carbonate = limestone; calcium chloride = an irritant (can cause upset stomachs and burn the skin) and calcium sulphate = the stuff that makes your tap water hard (why not just drink the tap water?). Danone have also just launched flavoured waters in this range, orange and apple and blackcurrant. I can’t wait to try them (NOT!)! This product could have its uses. For those on a diet it could be a way of getting some of the calcium that one would otherwise get from milk but without the calories. Remember though that you still need fat in the diet! For worried parents whose children won’t take milk or those caring for sick or elderly patients, again this could provide a partial alternative to milk. As an alternative for the majority of us, however, I doubt its use. It is priced much the same as other bottled waters at about 50p per 500ml.
Water fortified with calcium, endorsed by the National Osteoporosis Society