Cactus water is the new kid on the trendy water block…but does this water deliver or is the Prickly Pear bubble about to burst?
What is Cactus Water?
Cactus Water is a drink made from liquid extracted from the bright pink fruit of the Prickly Pear Cactus Plant. It seems paradoxical to look to a desert plant for hydration, but although it grows in arid conditions, the Prickly Pear is perfectly adapted to storing large amounts of liquid.
What Does Cactus Water Taste Like?
Although its flavor is unique, many people suggest that it tastes of bubblegum, kiwi fruit and watermelon. So definitely pleasant, but in limited quantities, unless you love the idea of drinking bubblegum!
What Parts of the Prickly Pear Are Edible?
Almost all parts of the Prickly Pear Cactus are edible: the leaves/pads, flowers, stem and fruit can all be eaten. Popular in Latin America, Prickly Pear Jam is a hit with kids and the syrup is super-tasty on pancakes!
Will Cactus Water Make Me Ill?
It’s not all jam and sugary treats though: Cactus Water can have a laxative effect in some people and drinking it is linked to gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea.
What Do Doctors Think About Drinking Cactus Water?
Drinking too much Cactus Water can destabilize blood sugar levels and doctors advise against drinking Cactus Water if you take any medication that lowers your blood sugar, as this heightens the risk of hypoglycemia.
Is There a Healthier and Cheaper Alternative to Cactus Water?
Cactus Water usually comes with a pretty hefty price tag, compared with the cost of a glass of Tyent Water, for example. A glass of fresh, ionized hydrogen water tastes amazing and costs as little as 6 cents per glass, once your water ionizer is plumbed into your home. The equivalent amount of Cactus Water costs many times that!
Also, despite the ‘100% Natural’ claims, check the packaging: you might not be drinking pure cactus juice. Many manufacturers sell ‘Cactus Juice’ that’s actually a blend of water; Prickly Pear Concentrate and flavorings.
Even the most natural type of Cactus Water will still contain some sugar, so although fine as a treat, Cactus Water should never replace water as your main source of hydration!
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