Tag Archives: Healthy Beverages

Sep 7

NBC News 12 Cactus Water vs coconut water

By: Kristen Keogh

There’s nothing more ‘Arizona’ than a cactus.

It turns out while we love looking at them, Arizonans might love drinking them even more.

A Scottsdale entrepreneur is turning the desert dwelling prickly pear cactus into a beverage that contains just the cactus and water combined.

“I was on a run on one of the amazing trails we have in Arizona and the prickly pear was in bloom and I thought it was amazing that this plant could grow and thrive and produce a fruit without any water in one of the harshest climates in the world,” said Tom Zummo, creator of TrueNopal. “I knew there was a reason it was there.”

He did some research and learned it has a ton of benefits beyond hydration. Tom says cactus water can keep your skin healthy, aid in muscle recovery and even cure a hangover.

“The prickly pear is the only plant in the world with all 24 known betalain antioxidants,” Zummo said.

He also says it has less sugar and fewer calories than sports drinks and coconut water. Plus it has a natural strawberry kiwi taste.

“I looked to fill that gap with something healthy that tastes good, low-calorie and low-sugar,” Zummo said.

The 12 News weather team warns when we’re facing excessive heat like we’re about to see (a warning is in effect from Saturday to Thursday), you should try to limit dehydrating beverages containing alcohol, caffeine and sugar.

In a coconut water we purchased at Sprouts, we discovered for every 8 ounces you consume, you’re getting 11 grams of sugar. For every 8 ounces of cactus water, you’re only consuming four grams of sugar and about a third of the calories.

Zummo’s company started in Scottsdale, where he grew up but it’s about to go global. He just partnered with Suntory, a multi-billion dollar company that will distribute his cactus water around the world.

He knows his fellow Arizonans need it the most, though.

“It will quench your thirst in this Arizona heat,” Zummo said.

You can buy TrueNopal at Sprouts, Whole Food, AJ’s and Amazon.com.

Jul 19

Homegrown concept to turn Prickly Pear fruit into Water goes Global

By: FOX 10 Arizona

What started out as an idea is now turning into a bustling worldwide business for one Valley man.

“Prickly Pear is indigenous to Arizona,” said Tom Zummo, CEO of True Nopal Cactus Water. “We’re surrounded by it.”

Zummo’s idea was to turn Prickly Pear cactus into bottled water. He’s now joined forces with one of the biggest beverage distributors in the world. The Prickly Pear was something Zummo never really thought much of, until one day, he had an idea.

“It was just something that came to me while I was on my run through Scottsdale,” said Zummo. He wondered if he could take the Prickly Pear fruit, and create a drink out of it. This was back in 2013, when coconut water and other beverages like it were all the rage.

“I started doing some research to see what kind of benefits were behind the Prickly Pear, and it was amazing,” said Zummo. He found the juice was sweet, had less sugar than coconut water, and was packed with Vitamin C and electrolytes.

Zummo decided to start a business selling the water, and that’s when Zummo said True Nopal Cactus Water was born. The Prickly Pear fruit is harvested from the Sonoran Desert, pressed, processed and then bottled.

In the four years since Zummo started, the business has been growing. He recently signed a deal with Suntory, one of the largest beverage distributors in the world.

“The brand is like one of my children,” said Zummo. “You want to see your children excel and do magnificent things in their life, and my vision was to always see this be a global brand.”

True Nopal will now be distributed to stores around the globe

Oct 16

Wall Street Journal The Next Hot Trends in Food

By JULIE JARGON and ANNIE GASPARRO
Oct. 16, 2016 10:18 p.m. ET

The Next Hot Trends in Food

Not too far in the future, when you reach for a healthy drink, it might be full of water from a cactus.

The next healthy beverage: plant waters
The coconut-water fad appears to have unleashed a new category in the drink aisle: plant waters. From aloe water and maple water to artichoke water and cactus water, they are replacing more sugary sports drinks and artificially flavored waters that don’t appeal to consumers’ desire for nutritious and natural beverages.

While U.S. soda sales fell for the 11th year in a row last year, coconut water sales rose 27%, according to market research firm Technavio.

Some drinks are more likely to make it from health-food stores to convenience stores than others. Maple water and cactus water are more appealing than, say, artichoke water, since many people know cactuses contain water and view maple syrup as tasty.

Not only do these provide more flavor than plain water, they also tout health benefits beyond hydration. Aloe-vera juices claim to aid digestion and weight loss. Cactus-water makers say their drinks contain electrolytes and antioxidants.

Some of these plant waters are already popping up next to coconut water in mainstream grocery stores such as Kroger. The new plant waters are taking aim at the coconut beverage, advertising that maple water or cactus water contains significantly less sugar.