While making my weekly stops at various independent health stores and food co-ops I’ve found myself coming across a relatively new craze with the health-conscious community, cactus water.
Just running off visual nostalgia, it made perfect sense. Time and time again I can recall watching an array of animated series with the cliche deserted dessert scene where a character is on the brink of death due to dehydration and ends up tapping into a cactus as the last reserve of liquid.
So one day I decided to take a carton off the shelf and read some info, and to my pleasant surprise I noticed the amounts of sugar were significantly lower compared to the ever popular coconut-water. This is glorious news to all my people who stick to a strict keto-genic diet, where we up the intake of fats and protein while limiting sugar and carbs.
After trying it out for the first time I was happy I did, the taste is surprisingly sweet for the low sugar count, and the consistency is most definitely easy to put down for your needed hydration and electrolytes.
So get out and try some cactus water sometime, it might be your elixir to staying hydrated while also staying conscious of your sugar intake. Always be sure to check the amounts of sugar in any types of beverages, because although some fruits have a lot of natural sugar, many companies add more for taste sake. No bueno.
Here are a few more benefits of the ever-growing cactus water:
Cactus Water contains 5 naturally-occurring electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and rare antioxidants.
- CALIWATER Cactus Water contains 200MG of Prickly Pear Cactus Extract which has been shown through clinical trials to relieve the symptoms of a hangover. (Tulane Health Sciences Center, Dr. Jeff Wiese, 2004)
- Drink Cactus Water when you need a cleanse & detox for your body.
- Zero Fat.
- Lower in sugar and calories than nearly all leading coconut water and aloe juice products.
- Gluten Free &†Vegan
- Not From Concentrate Prickly Pear Cactus Puree
- The†cactus fruit is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains
- Prickly pear cactus is used for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is also used to fight viral infections. In foods, the prickly pear juice is used in jellies and candies.
Long story short, give it a shot. Always good to add to your health arsenal.
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