What It Is
Sap from a maple tree. Collected and processed, and then sold at your local store, it’s like a drink straight from a maple tree tap. No, it’s not syrup – that’s sap that’s been cooked down. The stuff right from the trunk is slightly sweet, has fewer calories than coconut water, and contains more than 45 essential nutrients, manufacturers say. It’s better than a sugary sports drink, says dietitian Valerie GoldsteinBerkowitz. But many of the vaunted nutrients are not likely to be present in quantities large enough to have any effect on your health. And you’d probably have to chug a ton of it to see benefits like reduced muscle fatigue. Still want to try it? Look for a brand with 10 to 20 calories per 8 ounces. Or save your money and drink good old-fashioned H2O.