We all know over the past few years different types of water have been all the rave. From good old fashion H2O to coconut water, maple water, and birch water, which ones are most natural for you? Consumers are turning now to plant waters because they appeal to our want for the less processed healthier lifestyle we are all striving to achieve these days. But are they as healthy as they sound? Hmm…personally I like to stick to water with lemon but ill give these “plant waters” a shot.
Coconut water, or some may know by the name “Vita CoCo”. The process starts when the water is taken form the inside of an under-develeoped green coconut. Shockingly, there is 600-700 milligrams of potassium and 40-250 milligrams of sodium per eight-ounce serving. However, according to a recent article in Environmental Nutrition, “You won’t see any added benefit from drinking coconut water after a light to moderate workout, but it does boast fewer calories and less sugar than the average age sports drink”-Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT.
Interestingly enough there is such a thing as maple water…if you have the same confused look on your face as I do thinking…”I am not drinking maple syrup, that can’t be good” but thats not it! It is far less sweet then syrup and is made from the sap of the maple tree. Of course you have to boil it down a ton just to get a gallon, but hey if you have a sweet tooth this is for you! This drink contains less potassium then coconut water, but offers up a small quantity of other unique nutrients, like iron and calcium, as well as a significant amount of manganese.
Lastly, birch water…if you are like me I’ve never heard of this type of water before. But like it sounds it is made from tapping birch trees. Containing small number of trace minerals such as, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, and magnesium. But this type of plant water does have one trick up its leaves….(haha)…it contains saponin, a compound that occurs naturally in plant foods and has been studied for its cholesterol-lowering effects. Be careful of what you are buying though because some brands contain added sugar! Be sure to check your labels.
Bottom line these drinks are a great substitute for average sports drinks that roam the shelves. These three drinks are lower-calorie, lower-sugar, less-processed alternative to commercial drinks. So take a chance and try out these new natural “plants waters”.