Cactus Water

March 12, 2019

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First, there was coconut water. Then Maple Water. Each touting the re-hydrating properties that are supposed to help you recover from a workout.  Now make room for cactus water, which is also being praised as nature's Gatorade. Cactus water is made from the cactus fruit, or rather prickly pear concentrate, and water. So, it’s pretty simple with minimal ingredients. It’s low in calories (18 calories per cup), contains 4 grams of carbs, no added sugar, and 159mg of potassium. However it isn't a fairly nutritious beverage and while it may help you replenish your electrolytes after a workout, cactus water alone can’t supply enough. There's not a lot of info or research on the nutrition benefits but it can certainly help hydrate you, and the potassium content can help with some electrolyte replenishment. But it may not be worth the hefty price tag.  In the end, it's up to your palate. Just remember to stick with cactus water, opt for flavors that don't have any added sugar, or at least a very small amount (think 4 grams or less).

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SOURCE: Women's Health

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