What I'd like, I guess, is flavored water--something sweet but without actual sugar: a member of the Sucralose family. But it occurs to me that even those drinks (Nestle's H2O Splash and others) also come in bottles that I'd also tend to go through swiftly. Clearly the best thing to do would be to find some way to fill used bottles at home and still make them sweet.
Today I was reminded of something I saw at Hallmark many years ago. My friend and co-worker, Steve, had been commanded by his doctor to give up coffee (too acidic or something), and so he switched to taking caffeine pills with water in the morning. A co-worker expressed concern, and he shrugged and said, "It's the same drug I've always been taking. I'm just changing the intake mechanism."
So I'm tempted now to just buy a bunch of packets of Sucralose (which, per Snopes, has never been reliably linked to any health problems, panicked email forwards notwithstanding) and add them to my tap-filled water bottles. On the one hand, it feels creepy and unnatural. But logically, it's like with Steve: I'm just changing the intake mechanism of something millions of people ingest, and turning it into something that's better for the planet.
But it strikes me that even this option has a flaw: I like my water to be flavored with actual flavor: strawberry, kiwi, and the like. A raw, plain sugary taste is apt to be a little much even for me. So I ask the populace at large: is it possible to get fruit-flavored packets of Sucralose/Nutrasweet anywhere? Or maybe with vitamin supplements added? There's a lot of glass and plastic at stake in your answer.
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