Move over, coconut water, theres a new drink in town: maple water. Its the same sap thats typically boiled down for hours to form the concentrated syrup that Canadians are so famous for. However, this sap goes straight to bottle and is now making the rounds as a popular option for the health crowd.
If youre thinking this sap is a sticky mess, youd be mistaken. Maple sap has a watery consistency to it. As far as taste goes, it sort of tastes like a glass of water with a few drops of maple syrup added to it. Like a mild sugar cane drink.
While you might think that the sugar content is high in maple water, its actually quite reasonable. Theres three to four grams of sugar per serving, but keep in mind that its natural. Soft and sports drinks not only have way more sugar, they have refined sugar and/or high-fructose corn syrup. It even compares well with coconut water, which has roughly 11 grams of natural sugar per cup.
As far as nutrients go, thats where things get a little bit hazy. If you rely on the companies and their research, theyll tell you its a rich superdrink. DRINKmaple says theres 46 nutrients in maple water, which includes amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals, polyphenols, prebiotics and vitamins. The challenge is that this is a really new product on the market and there is so little research on it. Almost no studies have been done on maple water, so we dont know how true these claims are.
What we do know is that its low calorie with only about 20 per bottle. Its also gluten-free and dairy-free, and its not genetically modified. A number of companies have already rushed into the space to bottle up this goodness. Youll find brands like DRINKmaple and Seva at health food stores nearby (if they arent there already).
So should you rush out and try this? Well, if youre a hipster, yes. Thats because you start trends, not follow them. And if youre not a hipster, its not a bad idea to test it out too. Its priced about the same as coconut water, and while we dont know for sure if its a superdrink, its definitely healthier for you than sodas and many of the sports drinks. Thats a pretty safe assumption. This is a natural product and its free of chemicals and preservatives, and chances are Mother Nature has some good health benefits in there for you.
In terms of using it as a post-workout drink to replenish your electrolytes or relying upon this stuff instead of water for hydration, you might want to wait on the science to back it up before you go that far. But as a liquid for smoothies or as a casual drink, it seems like a good option.