You may have heard people talking about maple water as the “new coconut water.” But this drink, sold by Vertical Water, is pretty much nothing like the tropical one—and the company isn’t claiming that it is.
A maple tree pulls water from the soil up through its roots and then vertically up into the trunk and back down through the trunk. The trees are tapped for this water, which is the same ingredient that’s boiled to make maple syrup.
Vertical Water has 15 calories and 3 grams of naturally occurring sugars per eight-ounce serving, plus 30 percent of your daily recommended manganese, a trace mineral important for bone health, protection against free radicals, and nerve function. The company doesn’t add anything to their product—no sugars, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives—and it’s gluten-free and vegan.
What I like especially about Vertical Water, at least for now, is that I couldn’t find them making any wild health claims, though Valentina Cugnasca, CEO of Vertical Water, says research on the functionality of maple water (also called maple sap) is ongoing.
As for the coconut water comparison, Cugnasca says the only commonality is that both come from trees. So forget about post-workout electrolytes—this is simply a great option to keep you hydrated, especially if you are not a plain water fan.
Cugnasca suggests enjoying it alone or using it to sweeten smoothies, cocktails, and other recipes—you can even use it to make coffee and tea.
If you want to give it a try, the first Vertical Water shipment will be to the West Coast in the next few weeks and online via retailers like Amazon.