Skip to comments.Group Sues Coke Over Vitaminwater Claims
Posted on 01/18/2009 5:09:25 PM PST by Daffynition
Vitaminwater, which is marketed as a healthy drink, is nothing more than soda without the bubbles, according to a consumer group that has filed a lawsuit against maker Coca-Cola, claiming deceptive advertising practices.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest said that Coke's claims that the drinks can improve health are unsubstantiated.
CPSI said that the 33 grams of sugar in each bottle of Vitaminwater do more to promote obesity than any health benefits other ingredients might provide. It also said that the claims of help for the joints and bones cross the line into fraud.
Coca-Cola responded with a statement on its Web site that called the move ridiculous and ludicrous.
"Vitaminwater is a great tasting, hydrating beverage with essential vitamins and water, with labels showing calorie content," it said. The company also said the drink, like all its products, can be part of a healthy diet.
"Vitaminwater is Coke's attempt to dress up soda in a physician's white coat. Underneath, it's still sugar water, albeit sugar water that costs about ten bucks a gallon," said Steve Gardner, the group's director of litigation.
Michael F. Jacobson, the executive director, said people should get their vitamins from real food or inexpensive supplements.
these types of drinks including the energy drinks are the biggest FRAUDS out there. These companies are stealing dollars like it’s no tomorrow and they have the idiot Obama voters to thank. We are a nation of dolts and swindlers.
Wouldn’t it be nice if WE could sue these “groups” that are always making asses out of themselves with their lawsuits? Personally, I’m tired of all of them. Obama should force every one of them to either get jobs or go to jail.
Center for Science in the Public Interest has a garage and a dog. I believe the dog is their researcher, the guy is the lawyer.
These people are kook sthat only come out when they have a kook like Obama who will play to them.
I'm a KO stock holder and I just shake my head... that much coin for Kool Aide? Damn.
I guess the "brain trust" at KO (including Warren Buffett) did drink the Kool Aide.
Let’s see. Coke is selling Vitaminwater as a drink that has vitamins.
Whiny activist group is suing because, though it fulfills the claims Coke is making, on a totally unrelated note is has sugar in it.
What next? Offer a low-sodium version of a product and get sued because it still has the same amount of fat?
Center for Science in the Public Interest + Vitamin Water = strange bedfellows.
V water is indeed loaded with sugars I stopped drinking that too. Propel has sucralose instead and is low calorie
That’s ok, I really like it ; ), XXX and Power-C are my favorite. We all have our weaknesses. I like sugar ; ) I guess it could be far worse.
Outside of my morning coffee ...it used to be all I drank ... but when I finally read the label, I stopped buying it.
.99/bottle is pretty expensive.
Really, they list their ingredients accurately, there is nothing to sue about.
Sugar or HFCS?
Neither ...especially in any quantity.
So, you enjoyed it too. It’s expensive that true. When it’s on sale, I have one at work in the middle of my workday, addition to water. I don’t drink sodas (normally), so I guess in moderation, it’s not too bad. It’s a shame that the good tasting stuff has to be bad for us. Normally, I find alot of this kind of stuff a big scam, and this probably is as well - but, I pretty much buy it because it tastes good.
Center for Science in the Public Interest...should be prosecuted under the RICO Act.
Yes he does. He even mocked Coke for the deal, saying how he bottled water for cents and sold it for 300m bucks!
The only reason I applied for a COSTCO membership ......... so I could buy it by the case! I was hooked. LOL
No, the biggest fraud is plain water.
We will know there is a recession when plain bottled water sales tank and Americans return to sanity and drink water from the tap.
From the Consumerist [guess that's like being a Gothamist]: Mystery Of Strange Things Found In Vitamin Water Solved: Harmless Mold
They list the sugar per serving which is 2.5 servings per bottle which is rediculous.
Our tap water tastes awful. Sometimes bottled water is a treat. We reuse the bottles.
And definitely don’t reuse the Vitamin water bottle when drinking the tap water, lol.
One of my favorites!!!
No that would be the Center for Science in the Public Interest
Hey, Einstein, I never stated these drinks shouldn’t be sold or “there should be a law”. Just stating that we have an uneducated public when it comes to science and nutrition. That’s all. People are FREE to make stupid choices and they are with buying over priced water. Just like people were stupid to buy Kevin Trudeau’s book of likes. He made like a bandit but now this crook’s lies have caught up to him