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It’s maple tapping time, but did you know you can get more from maple trees than just maple syrup? Companies are now marketing maple water as the next health drink, and you can go tap your own for free.
Bettersweet, one company that sells maple water, says:
One ingredient. 35 simple calories with the perfect hint of sweetness. It not only tastes better than those other sugary drinks but is better for you too. Every sip is infused with micronutrients, antioxidants and organic minerals delivered straight to you from some very happy, healthy trees.
B Vitamins convert the tree’s stored carbs into energy, manganese strengthens it, while zinc and anti-oxidants protect it through its springtime revival
Maple water revives the tree in the spring and is also healthy and refreshing for us. It’s a delicious way to wake up in the morning, maximize your workout without extra calories, or feel rejuvenated throughout the day.
Even the Amish are getting into the action. One website that sells Amish Maple Tree Water says:
It seems that years ago, Amish farmers noticed that they had more energy and felt healthier when drinking the natural distillate that’s collected during the boiling process of reducing maple tree sap into maple syrup…
This unsweet, 100% all-natural drinking water is filtered by the sweet Maple trees of Northeast, Ohio and is produced by Amish certified organic maple tree and syrup farmers. It contains naturally occurring sucrose, calcium, potassium and other trace elements like silicon and may have a slightly smoky flavor due to the distilling process over a wood fire or a darker color depending on when in the season that the sap is harvested.
At a sugarbush festival last weekend, my youngest daughter certainly developed a taste for maple water. She downed cup after cup of the barely sweet drink as people gathered it from the trees.
Maple sap runs for a very short window of time, so now is your chance to go out and get your own supply (click here to learn how). You’ll be saving a load of money off those packaged drinks and getting some vitamins and minerals in every tasty sip.
This article originally appeared at Examiner.com