We don't mean to knock coconut water, but we can't help but take notice of the new kid on the block—cactus water, which is a popular drink in South America and Mexico. Loved by health freaks and beauty enthusiasts alike, the latest twist on H20 is making waves (and not for nothing). Here, find six reasons why you might want to start drinking the succulent stuff.
It tastes better
Of course this is a matter of opinion, but its light, berry taste is said to be easier on the palette than coconut water's sweet, nutty taste.
It's loaded with anti-aging antioxidants
While many plant waters are taken straight from the tree or fruit, cactus water is primarily derived from prickly pear concentrate and extract. Fun fact: prickly pear cactus is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains AKA powerful antioxidants, like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which revitalize skin for a healthy glow and fight signs of aging.
It's naturally low in sugar and low calories
If there's one category where cactus water has coconut water totally beat, it's in this department. It has half the sugar and calories of many coconut water brands.
It will keep you hy-dra-ted
If we're going to trust anything to help us stay moisturized, it's a self-sustaining, water-storing cactus plant. The thirst-quenching cactus extract will help lock in skin's moisture to protect it from dryness.
Because it's chock full of antioxidants and electrolytes, it reduces inflammation. So, say buh-bye to puffy morning face, particularly those pesky under-eye bags.
It will cure your hangover
Research has shown that if you drink cactus water before drinking alcohol, it can reduce hangover symptoms, like dry mouth and nausea, thanks to those potent betalains. So, cheers!
Caliwater Cactus Water Wild Prickly Pear Pack of 12, $34.99; amazon.com.