After years of holding court as “Mother Nature’s sports drink,” coconut water may have some competition. Maple water, a new drink derived from maple sap is being packaged and sold by companies like DRINKmaple, Vertical Water and SEVA, is just starting to migrate down to the United States from Canada. It may be the next hot thing in hydration.

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“Maple water is natural, authentic, tastes very fresh and it's absolutely delicious, hydrating and sweet but is one-third less in calories and sugar than coconut water,” explains celebrity trainer and nutritionist Nonna Gleyzer, who first filled us in on the tasty new trend.

Gleyzer, who counts Natalie Portman, Gisele Bundchen and Stacy Keibler as her clients, says the drink is packed with vitamins, nutrients, minerals, amino acids, and even probiotics, which makes it not only a perfect post-workout recovery drink, but also great for the digestive system.

“I usually drink it slightly chilled, but room temperature tastes great too. I also add it to my protein shakes, smoothies and green juices, because it adds great flavor.”

Health experts are still undecided as to whether maple water is really all it’s cracked up to be, as there is little to no scientific data supporting its claims, but as DRINKmaple cofounder and nutritionist Kate Weiler, MS, CHHC, AADP recently pointed out to Details, no research is needed.

"We're not creating a hot new ingredient in a lab.  We're taking something from nature that's been used for years." 

Sources:

  1. Drink Maple
  2. Vertical Water
  3. Seva Maple Water
  4. Details.com