What are the five new healthy drinks?
Plant-based ‘super waters’ make big health claims – but do they really live up to the hype? Read about the new healthy drinks here:
1. WATERMELON WATER
With around 92% water, watermelon is the ultimate thirst-quenching food – but the buzz around new watermelon water may not be so justified. “Although the sugars that make it sweet are natural, it’s a high GI fruit,” explains nutritionist Angelique Panagos. The plus side? Packed with vitamins A and C to reduce wrinkles and antioxidants like lycopene and l-argenine to boost collagen production – it’s the ultimate anti-ageing beverage.
2. ALOE WATER
You might know it as the green goop you spread on a severe case of sunburn but the fresh pulp from aloe leaves produces a juice said to aid digestion, its vitamin C content boosts the immune system, while vitamin B12 gives you an energy kick. “While there isn’t much scientific evidence out there, it seems that the glycoprotein and polysaccharide content help reduce inflammation to calm intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s and IBS,” says nutritionist Chloe Strickland-Eales.
3. BIRCH WATER
Sourced from the sap of (you guessed it) birch trees, this refresher contains only four calories per 100ml and is rich in micronutrients such as copper, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium and magnesium. It also contains xylitol, which promotes good dental health and saponin, which blocks the absorption of cholesterol explains nutritionist Amie Richmond.
4. MAPLE WATER
“At only 10 calories per 100ml but packed pull of manganese for nutrient absorption, maple water is a healthful and low-sugar alternative to coconut water,” says Richmond. Meanwhile its hydrating electrolyte content means that it’s great post-workout to aid recovery.
5. CACTUS WATER
Containing around half the calories and sugar of coconut water, prickly pear cactus water packs electrolytes and minerals that hydrate, aid digestion and revitalise tired skin. The betalain extract can also ease hangovers explains Strickland-Eales.