First coconut, then maple, now birch? No, this is not the range of choices in a scented candle collection, but a progression of hip hydrators that advocates say are better for us than plain old water.

“Birch tree water may have some health benefits in that it has electrolytes,” said nutritionist Rachel Beller to Good Morning America. “It also has xylitol, which may prevent tooth decay.” Birch water, like coconut and maple, all contain electrolytes, which are minerals that help control the body's electrical impulses.

The newest member of the club, Birch, also has a high sugar content, though--which critics say make its nutritional profile barely different from that of so-called "natural" sodas. Birch water is harvested by tapping into a tree and draining the liquid just below the surface of the bark, which can produce a drink rich in minerals and micro-nutrients according to some companies.

Have you ever used "health benefits" as an excuse to justify a sugary drink? Do you swear by natural beverages as opposed to sports drinks like Gatorade? 



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