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    Apple Water?

    So in the depths of my almost four months without coffee or alcohol I've started picking up other addictions, and I'm trying to steer them towards healthy. I have lately discovered a rather amazing beverage named Hint which is just water with natural fruit flavor. This isn't a radical concept but they have apple flavored water.

    I'm loving this combo - I've never gone through water so quickly in my life, it's addictive. I love apples - particularly Granny Smith's - so this combo fills so many boxes for me.

    Only downside here of course is --- it's bottled water. And not cheap either. I'm wondering if I just bought a water jug and put some green apple slices in, like they do with lemons or limes, would it work the same way? Or am I leeching sugar at this point?


    #2
    Look at the nutrition label of the bottled water. Look at what kind of apple product it contains besides water. If it says they add a flavoring, not the apple pulp material per se, then you might not get the same flavor result if you just add applesauce, for example, to water at home. The flavoring would be same kind of substance that we would synthesize in the organic chemistry lab when we made something that smelled like banana or pear.

    Well, I got it here:

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      #3
      You know what? I'd just try it out. The sugar leeching from the apples would probably be negligible, and you'd save some artificial flavors. What do you have to lose?

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        #4
        Without adding the isolated compound to the water, it will be a watered down flavor plus the texture of the apple pulp mixed with the water. But all it takes is for you to like it, Brunsonja.

        MissSmilla, the flavoring is natural, just because it is naturally occurring in nature. The fact that they can isolate it and concentrate it, like they can do with cocaine or CBD, doesn't mean that it is artificial. But, yes, who knows what else is in there that they are not required to report just because it is in so small quantities that it does not meet the threshold of the criteria for inclusion. So at least by making your own at home, Brunsonja, you can be sure of what you are consuming.

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          #5
          dynamomelano ah you're right. It does say "natural".

          By just adding apple slices to the water and letting them steep (if that's the correct word if it's not tea) and then taking them back out, it won't change the consistency of the water.

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            #6
            This sounds like the "infused water" that hyped a year or so back.
            It's done basically how suggested here: Put the fruits or herbs or spices in water, let it sit for some hours in the fridge and then it's ready to drink.

            I would think that apples take a while to release the flavour into the water and maybe you won't get the taste you know from the bought ones.
            But on the other hand you can make all the flavours you like. Add some cinnamon to your apple water for example.

            Also you will know exactly what's in your drink. Those bought ones tend to have sweeteners in it, even if not sugar to keep it on 0 calories.

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              #7
              Infusing the water with applesauce might work better than with the apple slices since only the surface of the slices are going to release anything to the water. Then you can strain the water to separate the pulp if you only want the water.

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