Do Plant Based Waters Add Up Nutritionally?
All the trend and hurrah is surrounding the plant-based water products — but beneath all the commercialized logos and 3d rendered imaging, does plant based water really benefit us nutritionally?
We shall break down the logistics product by product:
Coconut Water: This plant-based water is by far the best selling water alternative. After a tough workout, one may reach for a coconut water as a health-infused beverage. However, coconut water lacks sodium, a primary electrolyte that seeks replacement after a long workout.
Aloe Vera Water: This beverage has a distinct refreshing flavor, one similar to cucumber. Infused with vitamin B and linked to healthy digestive system, aloe vera seems like a truly beneficial alternative to plain water or sports drinks. However, drinking aloe vera water has been linked to hepatitis, calcium excretion, protein loss, and electrolyte imbalance.
Cactus Water: Extracted from pointed pair cacti, cactus water is high in vitamin C, rich in anti-inflammatory flavonoids, minerals, and electrolytes. Most cactus water are infused with added sugars with most of its fibers lost during the juicing process anyways (which is why it is probably more beneficial to just eat a pear cactus).
Revelant, Julie. “Should You Be Drinking Plant-based Waters?” Fox | Health. Fox News, n.d. Web.