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Fuel Buzz: Artichoke Water

Is this the new coconut water?

The coconut water craze got the gears spinning for new ideas in the healthy drinks industry.

One of the latest additions to the market is Arty Artichoke Water, made by a company in Southern California called Arty Water Company.

The artichoke is a popular vegetable that is usually eaten by removing the leaves and pulling the top layer of each leaf off with your teeth. It is very healthy— phytonutrients like Silymarian and Cynarin serve as antioxidants that can help the liver, skin, immune system and more. Artichokes also have ample Vitamin C and potassium.

Arty used a patent-pending process to take the entire artichoke and extract the water, nutrients and all. The result is a plant-based beverage using fresh California artichokes. The finished product has eight ingredients—filtered water, artichokes, pandanus leaf, spearmint, blue agave nectar, natural flavors, monk fruit concentrate and traces of lactic acid.

Sounds good—but how does it taste?

We had an artichoke lover and a non-artichoke lover try it. The artichoke lover liked the drink, saying it tasted like an “artichoke-flavored tea.”

The non-artichoke lover was less enthused, though he did say it had a sweet taste that was easy to drink. To him, the artichoke water tasted better than actual artichokes.

An 8-ounce bottle is vegan-friendly and has 40 calories, 55mg of potassium, 2g of dietary fiber and 9g of carbohydrates.

A pack of four 8-ounce bottles is available on Amazon for around $11.

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