Here's why health researcher and writer Dana Leigh Smith thinks Cactus Water is all the rage:
"If beautiful, young-looking skin is what you’re after, cactus water is the answer. The trendy drink, made from prickly pear cactus extract and its juice, contains betalains, an antioxidant that prevents moisture loss, aiding the appearance of glowing youthful-looking skin. Aside from its aesthetic benefits, research indicates that consuming prickly pear can lower cholesterol and help diabetics manage their blood glucose. What’s more, for a fruit-flavored beverage, it’s relatively easy on the waistline: A 16-ounce serving contains just 50 calories, and 12 grams of sugar—about half of what you’d find in the same serving of coconut water.
Drink This! If you’re interested in giving it a try, reserve it for a hot, sticky day or after a tough exercise routine. 'Cactus water naturally contains many of the electrolytes lost through sweat like potassium, magnesium, calcium and sodium,' notes registered dietitian Isabel Smith. We like Caliwater Cactus Water."