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Are Water Alternatives Really All That Healthy?


Everyone knows the important of drinking water – it hydrates us, is sugar-free and is essential to human life and body function. Many people do not drink enough water during the day – by the way the recommended amount is eight glasses. Drinking water is not difficult to do, but there is no flavor, which can be a turn off. However with the rise of vitamin and coconut waters, more and more alternatives are popping up on the market. But while these drinks will quench your thirst and taste nice, just because they have the word “water” in the name does not it as healthy as plain old H2O.

Doctors and dieticians will always tell you that drinking plain water is the best bet for optimum health. Most alternative waters do contain sugar, so it is important to drink these waters in moderation. Even the mega-popular coconut water has 12 grams of sugar per 8 ounces and has no fiber or protein. However, most alternative waters do contain vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, which can benefit your health. As long as regular water comes first, feel free to indulge in these delicious and health-conscious alternative waters now and again.

There are some new arrivals to the scene of alternative waters entering the market, some of which seem to be healthier than others. Maple water, which is derived from maple trees during sap harvest, has 2/3 fewer calories than coconut water and is filled with antioxidants. The taste is mild, so manufacturers recommend adding the water to smoothies. Aloe water is also an excellent alternative that has shown several health benefits. Made out of aloe vera and filtered water, this drink is full of amino acids and enzymes that will keep you hydrated and energized.

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