YJ Tried It: Maple Water, The Next Big H2O on Tap?

This sweet maple water is packed with minerals to fortify and strengthen your bones. YJ put the new health trend to the test.
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This sweet maple water is packed with minerals to fortify and strengthen your bones. YJ put the new health trend to the test.
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This sweet maple water is packed with the good-bone health mineral, manganese

Soon to be nestled next to the coconut and aloe water, maple water is the latest newcomer to the all-natural beverage scene. It’s the stuff maple syrup is made from—the clear, watery liquid inside the trunk that delivers nutrients to the tree (boiling it down creates syrup). A taste test proved maple water to be refreshing, with a moderately sweet but not maple-y aftertaste (we tried Vertical Water and DRINKmaple). It’s as hydrating as tap water, with about 15 calories and 3 grams of sugar per 8 ounces, plus a little sodium and an abundance of manganese, a mineral associated with maintaining good bone health, according to St. Augustine, Florida–based nutritionist Jenna Braddock, RD. Any other benefits over H2O aren’t proven, but University of Rhode Island researchers detected more than 25 phenolic compounds in maple sap that may potentially lower one’s risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. At about $3–4 per bottle, we’ll let you decide whether it’s worth sipping. See alsoHow to Build a Better Smoothie