Despite coconut water's recent world takeover (after all, anything endorsed by Rihanna is bound to rule the planet, right?), not everyone is entirely convinced of its greatness. Coconut water can be a little bit funky, a little bit floral, and sometimes, a little bit chunky. For those of you wishing there were a better-tasting plant-based water, Canada's got a present for you: maple water.
Newly available in Canada and on its way to the U.S. market, maple water is essentially just maple sap -- the clear, sweet nectar that runs out of maple trees. (Don't worry, the stuff they're selling on store shelves has been sterilized.) Though we all think of maple as being sickly sweet, it's important to remember that maple syrup is super concentrated maple sap -- it takes 20 to 50 liters of sap to boil down into 1 liter of syrup. So as you can imagine, maple sap is much less sweet than its syrupy counterpart. (And it's only got about 6g of sugar per serving.)
Originally used as a tonic by the First Nations people of Canada, now it's suggested that we either drink it straight up, or use it in ice cubes, cocktails, smoothies, soups, stews, or even for cooking a whole ham. Though it doesn't boast all the same benefits of coconut water, it's packed with vitamins and minerals.
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