The Truth About “Healthy” Drinks
From cold-pressed juice and apple cider vinegar to good old lemon-water.
Staying healthy—no, just staying health conscious—is effing hard work, kind of like keeping up with the Joneses, but with kale (is it a miracle? Not so amazing as we thought? Terrible for the environment?). But bit by bit, we’re sorting through the torrent of science, trends and recipes in an effort to sort through the good, the bad and, as ModelFit nutritionist Vanessa Packer put it, “the poison.” First on our investigative list: the beverages, juices and elixirs we throw back in an effort to, uh, glow from the inside—from green tea to coconut water to $12 cold-pressed juices. Herein, the no-bullshit truth according to three certified nutritionists.
Hot lemon water
“I am a huge fan of hot water with lemon first thing in the morning. It jumpstarts the digestive system and awakens your senses to the start day. Citrus is also known to act as a mild diuretic, so it can aid in releasing a bit of excess water retention.” –Marissa Lippert, Registered Dietician, Nourish NYC
“Coconut water can be a good source of electrolytes like potassium and magnesium, which can help re-hydrate the body. Some people swear by its anti-aging effects, which may be due to plant hormones called cytokinins. Be wary of brands that are highly processed, made from concentrates or have added sugar.” –Danielle Duboise, Certified Nutritionist; Co-Founder, Sakara Life
“I often liken coconut water to ‘nature’s Gatorade.’ High in potassium and electrolytes, I recommend it for post-strenuous workouts or if you’re feeling dehydrated (like after a loooong night out to battle a hangover!).” –Marissa Lippert
apple cider vinegar
“I'm a big fan of apple cider vinegar. I use it in a lot of my homemade salad dressings. It has a long list of health benefits including preventing heart disease and diabetes, aiding in stomach ailments and supporting weight loss.” –Vanessa Packer Holistic Nutritionist, ModelFit; Co-Founder, Bonberi
green bean coffee