Natural medicine or hype: how healthy are cactus water and birch sap really?

Cactus water and birch sap: energy drinks from nature?
Coconut water has long been forgotten. Today Hollywood stars use cactus and birch water, which have significantly fewer calories. The plant juices are said to be very refreshing and to maintain health and beauty. However, there is no scientific evidence for this.

Cactus water has been drunk in the Mexican desert for centuries. The sweet-lemon drink is obtained from the fruits of prickly pear cacti, which are valuable water reservoirs in barren areas. Minerals and vitamins such as vitamins A and C, magnesium, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids collect inside the plant. Cactus water is a natural stimulant thanks to the acid taurine, which is also contained in energy drinks. With regular consumption, the skin should even become firmer. The low-calorie "miracle water" is not yet available in German shops. Given the current media hype, this can only be a matter of time.

Alternatively, it can be some birch sap that the Vikings already appreciated. Birch milking has a long tradition in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. The tree is only tapped in early spring when it pumps the nutritious sap from the roots into the buds. Birch water should taste fresh and sweet and sour. According to the vernacular, it has an invigorating effect, supports detoxification and relieves headaches. Positive ingredients include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and sodium.

The calorie content is only 5 kilocalories per 100 ml. Because the sweetness is due to the birch sugar xylitol, which has only half as many calories as ordinary table sugar. In Scandinavia, birch water is not only drunk, but also used to sweeten coffee and muesli. If you want to taste the drink, you will find it in selected organic supermarkets, health food stores and on the Internet. There is pure tree sap, but also flavored. But the fashion water is not cheap. A 0.3l bottle costs at least 2.50 euros.

Even if trends come and go, the healthiest thirst quencher is still plain tap water or mineral water. And that guarantees calorie-free and inexpensive. Heike Kreutz, aid

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Video: Watering wrinkled Opuntia Prickly Pear Cacti after 7 months - BEFORE u0026 AFTER (January 2022).