Hate drinking water? Try these H2Os: infusions with artichoke, watermelon and birch

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Still desperately clutching onto your coconut water? You’re in denial. This is what will be in the fridges of health hipsters this year. 

Banana water

Because bananas are delicious in milkshakes, maybe they'll make water taste yummy, too?

 

What's the story? US company Steuben Foods has launched a banana water made with banana juice concentrate. Each bottle claims to have as much potassium as two medium-sized bananas.
What’s it like? In addition to the original sweet banana flavour, the brand is also offering mango and passion fruit options. Which sound … weird?
We say: if you want a potassium hit, there's no better way to get it than by eating a banana
Will it take the coconut water crown? According to a spokesperson for Steuben Foods, banana water combines "refreshment, nutrition and taste" without the "polarising flavour" of coconut water. Watch this space …

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Artichoke water

What do you mean you only eat artichokes leaves dipped in a silky smooth lemony mayonnaise?

 

What's the story? Arty Water (its brand name) claims to improve your immune system and detoxify your liver, but there's yet to be extensive research backing this up
What’s it like? Watered-down artichoke. In a bottle. Literally
We say: it’s not as disgusting as it may sound but we think we’ll stick to eating it the old-fashioned way. You know, with your teeth
Will it take the coconut water crown? This definitely tastes of artichoke, so if you’re not a fan you may have a problem

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Artichoke

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Birch water

Yep, we’re talking trees. Those super pretty silver birch trees in your garden or local park could be the source of the new super-water.

 

What's the story? Birch sap. When the sap is rising in the spring it can be collected by tapping the trunk or by cutting off the end of a branch and attaching a bottle to it
What’s it like? Almost like sweet twigs and pine have been mixed together with fresh water
We say: it’s a traditional drink in northern parts of China and Europe and it has been gaining momentum with clean-living folk in the US. Many people claim it provides health benefits (including helping headaches, eczema and flu) – although medically, the verdict is still out
Will it take the coconut water crown? It's a contender

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Birch tree

Photo: Saaby / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted /  Flickr: saaby


Watermelon water

It's off to a good start as the fruit is mostly made up of water …

 

What's the story? 100% raw watermelon, the flesh, the rind and some lemon
What’s it like? Summer in a glass
We say: hello new warm weather best friend. We're sold
Will it take the coconut water crown? Quite possibly; watermelons are tasty

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Watermelon

Photo: Pink Sherb / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: pinksherbet


Turmeric water

One of the quintessential spices in curry, turmeric has been used to relieve everything from liver problems to depression in folk medicine. But, like many alternative therapies, there isn't much research to back up the ancient wisdom.

 

What's the story? In a small research study in 1989, supplements made from the bright yellow powder were found to be more effective at curbing heartburn and indigestion than a placebo
What’s it like? A swoosh of water with curry
We say: Hemsley + Hemsley swear by their 'pep-up turmeric tea' (turmeric, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper mixed with hot water) when they’re feeling under the weather
Will it take the coconut water crown? Chances are high with the spiralizing crew

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Turmeric

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Cactus water

Yes, the prickly desert plant is being made into water.

 

What's the story? Early reports suggested a potential link between lowering inflammation and blood sugar levels, and drinking prickly pear cactus and citrus – but the research is limited
What’s it like? A hot desert with a refreshing hint of prickly pear
We say: here’s the fun part – it’s used as a hangover cure in Mexico
Will it take the coconut water crown? Just like coconut water, it has a good amount of electrolytes so it could prove popular with gym bunnies

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Cactus

Photo: Thirty Thr33 / CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: whiparound


Almond water

If you’re a newcomer to almond milk then hold onto your nutty hat because it’s now all about almond water. Keep up. 

 

What's the story? This water has no wild health claims, but nuts are a good source of protein, essential fatty acids and vitamin E
What’s it like? Sweet and nutty with some vanilla added into the mix
We say: so, we know it’s not a ‘healthy’ idea, but paired with rum and citrus this water is a dream
Will it take the coconut water crown? As sugar is added to the mix, we can’t see this toppling the coconut crown

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Almonds

Photo: Harsha K R CC-BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: mynameisharsha

Which of these trendy waters will you be trying out? Tell us in the comments box below or tweet us @Homemade