As the plant based water options continue to grow, we see more products pop up on shelves at our favourite local organic grocer. This post will break down some of the popular drinks you’ve and may or may not have seen. Step aside coconut water, you’ve got some competition.
Birch Water: also synonymous for birch sap (no water added). Naturally derived from tapping birch trees in the spring, birch tree sap naturally contains electrolytes, polyphenol antioxidants, and phytonutrients. It is extremely low in sugar and calories, 2g and 10 calories respectively for 355ml. Traditionally tapped in Northern Europe and consumed for its detoxifying and rejuvenating properties. Also popularly used in cosmetics for its hydrating properties
Maple Water: also synonymous for maple sap (no water added). Many people are familiar with the boiled down version, maple syrup. Maple sap is derived from Eastern Canada where Maple trees are tapped on farms that produce maple trees for syrup. Maple Water contains bioactive nutrients, electrolytes, and antioxidants. It has a slightly higher sugar content than birch water at approximately 5g of sugar per 355ml.
Cactus Water: comes from the prickly pear cacti fruit, and is not derived through sap. Cactus Water contains electrolytes, Vitamin C, and minerals. It is believed to help reduce inflammation when consumed and has a slight berry flavour. Cactus water contains 6g of sugar and 28 calories per 355ml serving. Cactus Water can be harvested from in desert climates where the prickly pear cactus thrives.
Coconut Water: Is harvested from the fruit of the coconut. Coconut water is rich in potassium and contains much more solid content due to its high sugar content ranging from 15-18g of sugar per 355ml. Ideal for re-hydrating when one is dehydrated due to the Coconut Water having more substance. Coconut Water is typically harvested in Hawaii, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Have you tried all types of plant waters? There is something for everyone, whether you are looking for a drink that is low in sugars, calories, or looking for different functional benefits. We always encourage you to find what works best for your body and lifestyle.
We hope you found this post informative, if you are looking to try some Birch Water, we harvest refreshing Canadian Birch Sap here in beautiful British Columbia. Our Birch Water comes in its natural form with no sugar or flavours added, or with juice and pinch of cane sugar for those who want to ease into trying birch water with a bit of extra flavour. Click here to learn more.