Food Trends: Superdrinks
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding 'superfoods' and nutrition this year, but until now, it’s been relatively quiet when it comes to superDRINKS.
But fear not, our food trends investigations wouldn’t be complete without an examination of the drinks that promise to power up your day.
The industry seems to be doing something right – today, it’s a multi-million pound market. Take coconut water as a case in point. It has become so famous that it literally turned into a $400 million business overnight in the US and £100 million in the UK.
At present, there are a multitude of fascinating (and often strange-tasting) superdrinks that offer a host of benefits somewhere between health and refreshment.
So which ones are causing a buzz all over the country?
Superdrink #1 Birch Tree Water
A drink with history, birch tree water can be sourced in just a few places in the world. Refreshing and oddly sweet thanks to the fragrant pine mix, the tree doesn’t start producing its water until it's 30 years old. Despite this, birch water’s been popular for some time. In fact, it dates back centuries to the time of the Vikings. It has even been used as a traditional medicinal drink in parts of Eastern Europe, Canada and China.
Birch sap is loaded with electrolytes. These electrolytes are thought to power up the body with fluid and boost hydration, which makes this superdrink a go-to drink for gym goers and exercise enthusiasts.
Superdrink #2 Cactus Water
Cactus water is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summers day. Made from the prickly pear cactus, this delicious drink is hailed for its beauty-enhancing and health benefits.
Cactus water contains taurine, a powerful amino acid that acts as an awesome antioxidant that helps get rid of nasty free radicals while quenching your thirst. It also claims to reduce puffy eyes and lessen muscle damage after exercise. Athletes around the world are advocating the power of cactus water, thanks to its ability to boost athletic performance.
So how does this prickly pear 'superdrink' compare to others? It’s significantly lower in both sugar and calories compared to the majority of coconut water brands. When juiced, puréed and mixed with filtered water and lemon juice, it creates a flavoursome fruity drink.
Superdrink #3 Artichoke Water
If you don’t like artichokes, this is probably not the drink for you. With a distinct artichoke taste to it, it’s harder to get people to buy into this one.
If you can disregard the taste, you’ll see that artichoke water is more than just mushed up artichokes in a bottle. This potent, nutritious plant-based water is your immune system’s best friend – it helps detoxify the liver thanks to the vegetable’s astounding number of antioxidants.
Containing phytonutrients, which are known for their great medicinal effects, artichoke water also contains traces of milk thistle to cleanse and support your liver – it’s powerful stuff.
Superdrink #4 Almond Water
For almond lovers, this is the perfect thirst-quenching drink. With notes of almonds and vanilla, this nutrient-rich water will keep you both refreshed and satisfied.
Nutrition enthusiasts know how beneficial the humble almond is. Almonds offer an excellent source of protein and essential fatty acids, and also contain magnesium, potassium, zinc, selenium, phosphorus, and vitamin E.
Superdrink #5 Turmeric Water
Turmeric as a spice has long been noted for its anti-inflammatory properties. So if you’re after a drink with a little bit of extra spice with hints of curry, this might be the ideal superdrink for you.
Turmeric relieves inflammation, which can be unbearably painful if chronic. It’s also thought to have anticancer properties.
They say turmeric in all its forms can benefit a person’s health whether it’s in a drink or in a soup, so turmeric water can be nothing but good.
Superdrink #6 Maple Sap Water
Sweet and flavoursome just like a pancake brunch minus the calories, maple sap water promises to give the body serious doses of manganese and potassium, which helps keep bones strong and muscles healthy.
Billed as 'Mother Nature’s sport superdrink', the maple sap water craze has certainly caused a stir.
Superdrink #7 Charcoal Water
The idea of sipping on charcoal is probably far from appetizing, however, when charcoal is added to water, it’s said to benefit your health by detoxifying the body.
Adding a stick of charcoal to water is nothing new - this practice has been carried out in Japan from around the 17th century and is still widely popular today.
A single charcoal stick is believed to make tap water more potable by absorbing poisons and impurities, such as chlorine. Others claim that charcoal water assists in weight loss by reducing gas and bloating, making this superdrink a favourite amongst dieters.
Superdrink #8 Rose Flower Water
Sweet and fragrant in its taste and smell, this aromatic water has a long history. With immense healing powers thanks to its many antioxidants, rose flower water is a gem when it comes to controlling and inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi.
Superdrink #9 Watermelon Water
Most people like watermelon, which is why this refreshing superdrink that tastes of summer is more popular than others.
Believe it or not, watermelons contain a substantial amount of nutrition. Loaded with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, this superdrink is a favorite amongst athletes and gym bunnies alike. After exercising, watermelon water is said to hydrate the body and aid circulation, reducing soreness after a hard workout.
Are you thinking of experimenting with this 2017 trend? Perhaps it’s in the form of a vegetarian restaurant pop up or something a little different for your café. If you’ve got a health drink or food cart, even better – park yourself up next to a busy city gym or park on a warm day, and get creative!