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PRODUCT: RealBeanz Nutrient-Enhanced Iced Coffee

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RealBeanz with coconut water. Photo by
Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.

 

A year ago or so, we had the opportunity to taste RealBeanz, a line of flavored bottled coffee beverages with a stylish vibe, 100% natural ingredients and rBST-free milk.

The flavors have neutraceutical enhancements that turn them into functional beverages. For example, Vanilla Nut has “naturally-calming herbs to sooth feelings of nervousness brought on by everyday stresses”; Mocha has “powerful ingredients that will undoubtedly add a boost to your body’s immune system.”

Depending on the neutraceutical, each flavor is also labeled with a benefit: Energize, Focus, Relax, and so forth.

But we, who don’t put sugar in our coffee, found the flavors to be overly sweetened.

Recently, the company sent us new flavors made with coconut water: Cappuccino With Coconut Water and Dark Roast With Coconut Water.

The sweetness level seems to be toned down a bit—but still plenty sweet for sugar-craving Americans.

 
RealBeanz products are all natural, made with real brewed coffee and natural energy enhancing ingredients. (Some brands, likeJava Monster, Rockstar Roasted, and Starbucks Double Shot, are not.)

There’s more about the neutraceuticals below.

The line is Certified Kosher by The Orthodox Union.

WHAT’S THE BENEFIT OF COCONUT WATER?

Enjoy a coconut water drink for hydration, not for enhanced health. According to Web MD, the main benefit of coconut water is the potassium.

“Most Americans don’t get enough potassium in their diets…” says Web MD, “so coconut water can help fill in the nutritional gaps. Beyond that, the scientific literature does not support the hype that it will help with a laundry list of diseases.”

Here’s the full article.

 

WHAT’S THE REAL BENEFIT OF THE
NEUTRACEUTICALS IN YOUR BEVERAGE?

All seven varieties of RealBeanz are nutrient enhanced. Beyond the natural caffeine from brewed coffee, the different flavors include natural ingredients such as choline bitrate, green tea, grape seed extract, guarana, L-theanine, niacin, panax ginseng, vitamins B6, B12, B5 and yerba mate.

Each of these ingredients has shown efficacy, but the question is: How much of these nutrients is needed to provide noticeable benefit? To quote Price Hamlet, “Aye, there’s the rub.”

Whether you drink cups of green tea or beverages with a neutraceutical enhancement, there’s a threshold beneath which you’re not getting any benefits. The amount of the functional ingredient may be just enough to make a marketing claim and attract your attention.

So enjoy whatever you drink for the taste and hydration, and try to cut back on the sugar.

 

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Coconut water has lots of potassium, but that’s about the extent of its extra benefits. Photo | IST.

 

If you’re counting on real health benefits, do the research: Check how much of the neutraceutical is in your beverage and what health experts recommend as your daily value for efficacy.

  




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