Consumer Voice - - The Surveillan­ce Series/ Fortified Water -

Vi­ta­mins are of two types: fat-sol­u­ble – A, D, E, K; and wa­ter-sol­u­ble – B and C. For­ti­fied wa­ter/drink con­tains mainly wa­ter-sol­u­ble vi­ta­mins.

1) Vi­ta­min B3 (Niacin): The health ben­e­fits of vi­ta­min B3 are as fol­lows:

i) It helps bring about a sig­nif­i­cant de­crease in heart dis­ease.

ii) It helps lower the level of bad (LDL) choles­terol.

iii) It as­sists in the en­ergy pro­duc­tion of cells. It is ben­e­fi­cial for a healthy ner­vous sys­tem and a well­func­tion­ing di­ges­tive sys­tem.

iv) It is as­so­ci­ated with a re­duc­tion in the risk of Alzheimer’s dis­ease, cataracts, os­teoarthri­tis, and Type 1 di­a­betes.

As per Di­etary Guide­lines for In­di­ans, 2011, by Na­tional In­sti­tute of Nu­tri­tion, Hy­der­abad, the daily re­quire­ment of vi­ta­min B3 is 18 mg for a man (mod­er­ate work) and 14 mg for a woman (mod­er­ate Vi­ta­min B3 con­tent in three brands – O’cean Fruit Wa­ter, Wild Vi­ta­min Drink and Cof­fee Day Vi­ta­m­inEn­riched Wa­ter – was found far less than their la­bel claims. In 7up, vi­ta­min B3 could not be de­tected though it

claimed 1.20 mg in the la­bel. High­est amount of vi­ta­min B3 was found in O’cean

Fruit Wa­ter (0.590 mg/100 ml). Brand O’cean Fruit Wa­ter Wild Vi­ta­min Drink Cof­fee Day Vi­ta­m­inEn­riched Wa­ter 7up Re­vive Hy­dro­tonic Drink Lab Re­sults (mg/100 ml) 0.590 0.191 0.116 Not de­tected La­bel Claim (mg/100 ml) 1.8 0.8 2.4 1.2

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