Maple Water Is The New Coconut Water
Is one of your favorite activities exploring the aisles of Whole Foods, on the hunt for the healthiest new products?
No, just me?
Regardless, I’m guessing you’ve heard of the “hottest” new drink in the beverage cooler: Maple Water.
Maple water supporters like Lauren Conrad & Co. have been spouting the benefits of this beverage, calling it the new coconut water.
Before we even delve into the specifics, I’d like to first point out that being called “the new coconut water” is not a compliment.
This recent New York Times article put coconut water on blast saying that it’s no better than a glass of a water and banana.
Personally, I’d much rather fill up on that than a glass of sweet/salty liquid.
The Times cited a 2012 study proving that coconut water’s rehydration properties are exactly the same as a bottled water and sports beverages, and revealed that in the past 10 + years coconut water proponents have had to continuously change their message due to false advertising.
This short video sums up the only real reason to drink coconut water…
…because you like the taste.
So now that we understand that there’s nothing cool about being “the new coconut water,” let’s look into maple water’s nutritional profile.
Maple water is essentially the sap from a maple tree. This subtly sweet liquid is boiled down and reduced to make maple syrup. Proponents claim that just as the “water” provides nutrients to the tree, so too can it help humans grow and thrive.
Some of the reported benefits of drinking maple water include strengthening bones, improving muscle function and even controlling blood sugar.
According to one maple water company, maple sap contains “46 essential nutrients – vitamins, minerals, amino and organic acids, prebiotics and polyphenols that help awaken trees from their long winter sleep. They make maple water ideal for quenching your body’s thirst.”
The thing is, this “ideal” mixture of nutrients only accounts for 2.5% of drink, the rest is just water.
An 8.45 oz serving of DRINKmaple contains 20 calories, 4 grams of sugar and 40% of your RDA of manganese. While manganese is a very important mineral for development and metabolism, you don’t need to drink maple water to get it.
You know where else you can get 40% of your RDA of manganese, from a 1/2 cup of spinach.
The gist: maple water is the new coconut water. It’s a trendy drink that claims to possess expansive health benefits, when its only real quality is that it is a “natural,” low-calorie option for people who prefer flavored beverages over water.
If that’s you — and you’re down to spend $3 a bottle — then this may be for you.
There’s nothing unhealthy about maple water or coconut water, there’s just nothing that amazing about them either. I’d encourage you to drink nature’s true “natural” hydrator — water — and eat some whole foods instead.
If you absolutely need flavoring in your water, and want the most natural option possible, try infusing your water with fruit and herbs. Purchase a cheap infusing pitcher and just toss your favorite fruits in the middle to jazz up plain water.
Or, put them straight into your Brita or glass of water.
I made this mixture of cucumber and mint yesterday and it was the bomb.