It was all too good to be true - the health benefit claims of ‘super water’ have now been dismissed as rubbish by experts.
They say that drinks such as coconut water, birch water, cactus water and more often don’t provide the health benefits promoted by their manufacturers.
Mike Lean, professor of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow, told The Sunday Times there was no scientific evidence to support many of the reported health benefits of ‘super waters’.
“[It] is all nonsense and should be challenged legally,” he said.
Elaine Allerton, from the British Dietetic Association, also said that some drinks’ claims to “detoxify” the body have no evidence behind them.
Sales of such plant waters in Britain have been soaring over years, and both health blogs and manufacturers’ websites claim that they can reverse the effects of ageing, cure hangovers and even hydrate you more than water can.
Coconut water Vita Coco, for example, was initially marketed as “super-hydrating”, but a lawsuit in the US led to the claim being withdrawn as it was “misleading and misrepresenting”. The company had to pay $10 million (£7.6 million) to settle the case.
Instead, it’s now marketed as “natural coconut water” that’s “refreshing and packed with nutrients”.
Meanwhile Sibberi, a company which sells maple water, birch water and bamboo water, says that maple water is “naturally hydrating, packed with Manganese and is good for bones and tissues” on its website, while its birch water is “naturally hydrating, naturally detoxing and good for joints”.
Remember - however tasty alternative drinks are, sometimes it’s better to stick to good-old-fashioned tap water.
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