I am so rude. I couldn’t help but listening in to a conversation while waiting in line.
“People will die if they don’t drink water for three days.”
“No, you are wrong. I’ve gone a week without water.”
“There is water in root beer.”
“Okay, but even if I didn’t, and I didn’t drink anything, I’d still be alive. My body would just suck the water out of the food. Maybe not so much in chips, but there’s a lot in spaghetti sauce. And I’d of course have a grape or two.”
“Okay. So we can’t go without LIQUIDS for three days.”
“Yup. Doctors are all so wrong. I just get it from food and air. I am like a cactus. They can go without water for three YEARS.”
Back to The Snack Hound test kitchen, I researched and found that the irreverent shopper was correct. It’s true. The cactus part, at least. Sounds good for all the black thumbs out there.
The resiliency has led to the craze if looking to desert plants instead of rain forest plants for extreme antioxidant content. Whether it is the Prickly Pear or the Nopal cactus, where nopalea juice comes from, there are no formulations all the time.
Drinking the juice directly from the cactus comes with prickly results. You could give yourself a piercing , but like coconut juice directly from the fruit, you might need to be chained to the bathroom for awhile. Cactus juice naturally is a constipation fighter, but don’t worry, the blends that the juices are in won’t overload your system to cause any sort of emergency. Life is too cruel for a juice peddler to do that. The combo of antioxidants (Betalains), however, are proven to reduce inflammation/irritation in the body. Too bad it won’t help burning ears. I swear when someone is in the next county is referring to me, I call them and they say “I was just thinking about you.”
Right now, you can get a bottle of Nopalea for the cost of shipping at the Try Nopalea.com site. You can try root beer free if you arm wrestle the aforementioned guy in line. You better be pretty agile, because he’s probably on a sugar buzz.