6. Maple water
Once the coconut-water craze faded, out came maple water, the slightly sweet liquid tapped from maple trees. Companies tout it as a nutrient-stocked, naturally hydrating beverage with health benefits ranging from blood sugar control to thyroid support. Our experts aren’t convinced. Maple water is very high in manganese, an important mineral, but not one most men lack. Also, any purported antioxidant benefits of this drink aren’t supported by research.
Maple water is much lower in sugar than even coconut water — 2 to 5 grams per serving, depending on the brand — but that also means it doesn’t taste like much. “In my opinion, maple water just tastes gross,” Amidor says. “Nutrition aside, I don’t want it.”
Verdict: If you happen to like the subtle sweetness of maple water, and you don’t mind paying $3 to $4 a pop for it, there’s nothing really wrong with drinking it. “I just don’t want people thinking they need it after a workout — that’s a lot of BS,” says Caspero. “It brings me back to asking, 'Why? What’s the purpose?' ”
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