After reading the ingredients, I purchased a Sobe Lifewater drink at Target. I wanted to see if I felt the effects of erythritol, which are usually gurgling noises in your stomach (borborygmi), gas, bloating, and in large doses nausea. Also, I was getting tired of drinking plain water I only drank one bottle, so I only experienced gurgling noises.
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol found in sugar free gum, diet foods, low-carb foods, sugar-free drinks and some stevia blends. Make sure you purchase pure stevia and not a blend of sweeteners. If you have irritable bowel syndrome or other digestive issues you should avoid using products containing erythritol.
Sugar alcohols (erythritol, sorbitol, xylitol) ferment in our intestines, so our bodies cannot fully absorb them, which is why they cause bloating, gas and diarrhea. Manufacturers make sugar alcohols as a lower-calorie alternative to sugar.
Here is an article that contains pros and cons of sugar alcohols.
Instead of purchasing flavored water, which usually contains artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, I now flavor my own water by adding slices of cucumber and lemon – very refreshing! You can also add a couple mint leaves.