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Jun 6

Is Cactus Water the New Coconut Water?

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We all know about coconut water by now. It’s delicious, hydrating and slightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness. It’s taken America by storm, and just when you thought you found your new life elixir, a new health water appears on the scene that’s vying for its spot. That fierce new competitor is cactus water, a popular drink in South America and Mexico loaded with anti-aging antioxidants and a handful of electrolytes.

Unlike coconut, cactus has a berry undertone. The fruits are juiced and pureed and usually blended with a citrus concentrate. Think watermelon meets kiwi. Early research suggests a link between ingesting cactus flesh and a decrease in inflammation and blood glucose levels. Other studies have found that the fibrous pectin in the plant may lower diabetics’ need for insulin. It’s also used as a hangover helper in Mexico. The antioxidant found in prickly pear extract — betalains — has been shown to reduce symptoms of nausea and dry mouth. Or, you can use it to create the hangover. The fruity undertones of the water make it an extremely versatile base: Blend your Cosmopolitans with prickly pear cactus and aloe or mix in cactus water with tequila.

These days, the prickly pear juice can be found at most health food stores like Whole Foods. While its claim as a top superfood may just be another fleeting fad, it most definitely is a healthy alternative to sodas and sugar-heavy juices.

Best part? It contains half the sugar and calories of most coconut water brands.

We’re liking the sound of that.

Jun 2

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water

JUN 2, 2015

6 Reasons Cactus Water Is the New Coconut Water
Say goodbye to that hangover.

 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.

It’s anti-inflammatory
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!

www.truenopal.com

 

Mar 27

Cactus Fizz Cocktail

Cactus Fizz Cocktail

True Nopal Cactus water and natural agave tequila combine to add a sweet spike to this cocktail Cactus Fizz Cocktail
Cactus Fizz Cocktail

Photo Credit

Corbis Images

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Start to Finish: Less than 15 minutes

All you need are four ingredients to craft this fancy-looking cocktail. And you’ll be pleasantly be surprised by how the cactus water’s fruity flavor pairs with the naturally sweet taste of the agave tequila.

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 ounces true nopal cactus water
  • 1 ounce blanco agave tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit
  • 1 1/2 ounces soda water

Directions:

Directions

In a shaker, add cactus water, blanco agave tequila and fresh squeezed grapefruit. Shake well. Pour over ice. Top with soda water and lightly stir. Optional: Garnish with sugar or salt on rim with a grapefruit wedge.

Recipe provided by True Nopal cactus water

 

Mar 6

Natural Products Expo West 2015 Preview Scoop Of Top Exhibitors!

True Nopal cactus water – Booth #8214

tru nopeI was not expecting to love this item. The flavor is best described as pleasantly watered down fruit drink, but with a crisp clean citrus-y finish. Serve cold, this is incredibly refreshing prickly pear water – an all natural ingredient hydrator that will quench thirst with no added sugars, no preservatives, no sodium, no GMO, and it’s even gluten-free. In other words, it’s straight from the earth just the way it was intended to be. True Nopal cactus water has about half the calories and half the sugar than the leading brand of coconut water.

Made from the prickly pear cactus, True Nopal Cactus Water has anti-inflammatory properties and is the new front-runner in the growing plant water category. It tastes better than its other plant water counterparts and cleanses the body with all 24 betalain antioxidants found in the cactus. Studies have shown that it can also be used as a hangover cure that hydrates the body before and after a great night on the town.  I will never be without it again, Love this product. LOVE IT.

Jan 14

bon appetit: 7 strange flavored waters to try – or not

January 14, 2015 /
Written by Michael Y. Park

If you ever felt like a sap for paying $4 for a bottle of flavored water, you can now buy actual maple water to drive the point home. Or you can pick out a flavored water based on color, not taste. And why not get your dog in on the fad, too? There’s a flavored water just for Fido.

For years now, flavored waters have been the big thing in rehydration, with companies touting their vegetable- and fruit-infused H2O as “phytonutrient”-packed, antioxidant-filled, electrolyte-crammed ambrosias that’ll have you fighting off colds, embracing Mother Nature, and feeling like a five-year-old again. Cucumber water and lemon water have gone from being the mainstays of country clubs to coming in plastic bottles decorated with skinny-dipping slices. And try to tally up the number of people you know who’ve adopted coconut water as their go-to refreshment last couple years. (Or just name the celebrities who quaff the stuff, like Rihanna, Madonna, and Demi Moore.)

But it gets weirder from there. Just take a gander ….

Cactus Water
If it works for camels and for cartoon characters lost in the desert, why wouldn’t it work as a bottled drink? The folks at True Nopal took the Nopal cactus (i.e. prickly pear) and have marketed as a lower-calorie, lower-sugar competitor to, yes, coconut water, and it’s got a fruity taste that might appeal to an even wider market. And no needles!

Maple Water
Canadian-based Seva describes maple water as “pure maple sap, the clear and nourishing water the flows naturally out of maple trees each spring. … It’s like drinking maple water right from the tree!” Except, we hope, the part about picking out flakes of tree bark from your lips.

Bacon-Infused Water
Yes, of course someone came up with bacon-infused water, because the “bacon thing” is never going to end. In this case, the bacon flavoring comes in the form of effervescent tablets you added to your water to create a bubbly, pork-flavored drink. (You could probably recreate the effect by dropping a couple slices of bacon into your seltzer water.) Thankfully, these tablets no longer seem to be available.

Chocolate-Mint Water
Though Metromint’s “chocolatemint” flavor has been around for a while now, it’s still a puzzler. Is it meant to appeal to chocolate lovers who don’t actually love chocolate enough to actually, y’know, eat chocolate or drink cocoa? To supposed chocoholics who don’t want that luscious chocolate-y smoothness that’s such an integral part of the chocolate experience? Is it a scientific experiment about whether certain flavors are still appealing if you strip away their normal visual and textural cues? At least we can rest easy knowing the “guilt-free anytime delight” was made with “real mint” grown in Washington’s Yakima Valley, though the website makes no mention of the chocolate part of the equation.

Flavored Water for Dogs
You’ve probably already figured out that dog-food commercials are meant to appeal to human owners’ appetites and not canines (we don’t care how smart your dog is, he couldn’t care less whether or not his canned meal resembles beef stew or chicken pot pie). So you won’t be surprised to know that there’s a line of flavored waters for dogs. K9 Water comes in chicken, beef, liver, and lamb, (no, there’s no toilet-water flavor), and according to the California-based company that makes it, it’s “rebarkably refreshing™.” Because dogs love puns, too.

Jan 5

life & style magazine star swap says “swap coconut water for cactus water.”

Life & style magazine star swap says “swap coconut water for cactus water.” Move over, coconut! True nopal cactus water is not only a super-hydrating nutrient powerhouse, it contains about half the sugar and calories of coconut water at just 24 calories a glass.

Dec 12

7 food trends to watch in 2015

We can’t really remember what life was like before bone broth (maybe one of the oldest food concepts on the planet) somehow took over the world in 2014. Broth joins a long line of trendy health foods, some of which stick around (chia seeds, kale, quinoa) some of which cool off (agave, soy milk, egg whites). Here are seven foods we expect to be seeing a lot more of in the new year.

1. The New Coconut Water(s)
Coconut water has dominated the market for quite some time, but lately we have been seeing a few new waters on the scene, namely, maple, cactus and watermelon. They are all natural forms of hydration with no added sugars and boast the same kind of benefits as coconut water — vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, electrolytes and more.

2. Sprouted Grains
Sprouted grains and flours have been around in the health food community for some time, with things like ezekiel bread bringing the concept into a wider consciousness. But we see even bigger things happening in 2015, with news of Kashi announcing the launch of a sprouted grain cereal early next year and rumors of King Arthur flour widening their range of spouted grain flours. Next big move we’re hoping for: sprouted grain bagels at the local bodega.

3. Activated Charcoal
Chinese and Ayuredic medicine has long used activated charcoal for intestinal health and to neutralize toxins. In Western medicine it’s often used in emergency situations to keep certain kinds of poison from entering the body through the stomach and as a remedy for gastric issues and upset stomach. Lately, we’ve been seeing activated charcoal going a lot more mainstream, from vitamins, marketed as a digestive aid, to an ingredient in cold-pressed juice, from Activated Greens at NYC’s Juice Generation to Charcoal Lemonade at LA’s Juice Served Here.

4. Fermented Foods
We’ve talked before about the benefits of fermented foods, particularly that it can help balance your microbiome, lift your mood, help your skin and brain function and encourage good bacteria for a healthy gut. In addition to kimchi, there are a few fermented foods that you probably have already tried but weren’t aware they were so good for you, from pickles to sauerkraut and more. While these aren’t new, much like bone broth, we can see these fermented foods picking up steam in the new year for their increasingly recognized health benefits. There’s a lot of versatility here, especially in the pickle department. Ferment your own food in style, with these fermentation pots we included in our recent healthy foodie gift guide.

5. Amaranth
Could amaranth be the new quinoa? An ancient grain from the high valleys of the Andes (like quinoa), amaranth is a nutritious and versatile addition to the everyday pantry. You can cook it alone for savory meals (it has the consistency of grits or porridge) and top it with vegetables and greens like you would quinoa. Additionally, amaranth pops like popcorn to make rice cakes and other things, like these Golden Amaranth Superfood Bars.

6. Cabbage
Kale will always be our jam, but it’s time to spotlight another cruciferous vegetable with equally notable health benefits: cabbage. Full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and more and low in calories, in both red and green varieties, you can use in it pretty much all ways you use kale. In fact, we have been seeing it pop up on restaurant menus in place of kale recently, maybe because kale has gotten more and more expensive as it’s popularity and demand grow. In addition to similar health benefits and lower price, cabbage may gain some traction in the new year as it’s the main ingredient in two of the most popular fermented foods: sauerkraut and kimchi. Incidentally, cabbage makes great chips.

7. Yacon Syrup
Agave, raw honey, xylitol, maple syrup, coconut sugar — the list of alternative sweeteners is vast, as people try and find a better alternative to refined sugars. There’s been some particular attention paid recently to yacon syrup. Derived from the yacon root, the syrup has a caramel/molasses taste and texture. In addition to sweetening without the refined sugar, the benefits of yacon have been noted as helping manage metabolism and weight loss. Maybe not tomorrow, but sometime in the near future, we wouldn’t be surprised to see some “sweetened with yacon” labels popping up.

Aug 29

true nopal cactus water available at costco

True Nopal, the innovator of Cactus Water, announced today that True Nopal Cactus Water will be available in Costco stores in the LA region and Hawaii in the beginning of September 2014. For the first time since its inception, True Nopal will sell a 4 pack of 1 liter Tetra Paks within Costco.

True Me Brands CEO, Tom Zummo, said, “We are thrilled to be working with Costco to get True Nopal into the hands of more consumers. For many, Costco will provide people with their first taste of True Nopal Cactus water through Costco’s sampling program.

Costco is a great platform to show consumers who we are. Our bright colored packaging will get consumers attention and our great taste and nutritional benefits will keep them coming back.”

True Me Brands LLC, True Nopal’s parent company, is a rapidly growing food and beverage company that created the “Cactus Water” category. True Nopal Cactus Water has obtained national distribution and has finalized agreements with many of the nation’s largest grocers and natural food stores.

Cactus Water first went onto the shelf in the beginning of May 2014 and has grown from zero stores to about 2500 in just three months. True Nopal Cactus Water is made with the nutritious fruit of the prickly pear cactus which can help reduce inflammation associated with muscle fatigue and exercise. The prickly pear cactus is the only plant in the world to contain all 24 known betalain antioxidants. True Nopal is all natural with no added sugars, no fat, no cholesterol, no GMOs, gluten-free and both Vegan and Kosher certified.
For additional information visit www.truenopal.com or www.truemebrands.com