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Which ‘plant water’ should you choose?

BT Toronto | posted Friday, Jul 29th, 2016

The summer months can require some extra hydration, which makes it a perfect time to have a refreshing glass of water. But did you know there are many varieties of water to choose from that go beyond your tap?

As many Canadians are moving away from sweet and sugary drinks, Canadians want more water but want a variety of waters to choose from. Thankfully, there are many healthy choices on the market. Holistic nutritionist Trionne Moore from The Healthy Road is here to give us a ‘101’ on plant waters and what you should be looking out for.

Coconut water

Most people have heard of coconut water, or are already drinking it. Dubbed “Mother Nature’s sports drink,” coconut water is high in electrolytes and contains four times the potassium than a banana. Coconut water is a great alternative to sports drinks, containing less than half the sugar one would find in a standard sized bottle.

However, not all coconut waters are healthy. When searching for coconut water, avoid “from concentrate” brands. Many coconut waters are concentrated, and many waters add flavours to compensate. Avoid any added ingredients… the only ingredient should be pure coconut water to get the most benefits.

Maple water

Maple water is slowly becoming a popular choice for water drinkers, as it is believes it contains many healthy antioxidant compounds. Maple water is the actual sap from the tree, filtered naturally by the tree. This process that maple water is produced makes maple water naturally organic, clean, refreshing, and subtly sweet.

However, there is little research on the health benefits of maple water. Despite maple water containing many vitamins and nutrients, there is no proven claims that maple water contains healthy antioxidant compounds.

Birch water

Birch water might be the new craze of 2016. Birch water is another sap water, much like maple water, and is local to Canada. It is high in nutrients, and only contains half the sugar as maple water. Birch water contains xylitol, proteins, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals, which makes birch water a good way to cleanse the body and boost your health.

Which ever water you choose to drink this summer, drink lots and stay hydrated!

All of the listed waters can be found at The Healthy Road on 518 King Street East.



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