The chain ‘reinvents’ three herbal drinks to drink cold and hydrate during hot months with interesting properties.

Cold fruit infusions.

When it comes to hydrating in summer, there are more options than water – undoubtedly the best and most appropriate – soft drinks, juices or drinks with alcoholic content so widely consumed in Spain, from beer to tinto de verano. Aware of this, Mercadona renews its range of infusions to consume cold with three new products: Rooibos & Mango; Berries; and Piña Colada.

“Inspired by the flavor of Piña Colada, this infusion is an aromatic combination of apple, green tea, rooibos, stevia leaf, pineapple and coconut, more intense and sweet thanks to stevia. In the case of Red Fruits, hibiscus, aronia, apple, black currant, plum, raspberry and strawberry are masterfully combined. The cold Rooibos & Mango infusion combines these ingredients with the apple and the stevia leaf ”, explains the chain.

What are herbal teas made with rooibos? As we explained recently, it is a plant of South African origin whose name means “red bush”. Its interest is that, unlike green tea or black tea, does not contain substances analogous to caffeine, so it allows you to prepare herbal drinks but without stimulating compounds that can interfere with sleep.

In return, many of the benefits associated with herbal teas would be obtained, mainly the intake of antioxidants, natural compounds of plant origin that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals, which in the long term translates into a reduction in the risk of heart disease or cancer, as well as counteracting certain effects of biological aging.

In the case of rooibos, the evidence is preliminary but promising. A study of 15 people showed that antioxidant levels in the blood increased by 2.9% when participants drank red rooibos infusions and by 6.6% when they drank the green rooibos variety, in which the leaves have not been oxidized, so they contain more antioxidant. After taking 500 ml of infusion made with 750 mg of product, the effect lasted five hours.

Rooibos infusion is the only known natural source of the antioxidant aspalatina, another compound to which scientific studies with animals attribute antidiabetic effects by controlling blood glucose and reducing insulin resistance. By last, six cups of rooibos tea a day for six weeks reduced the “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol in a study of 40 overweight adults at high risk for heart disease.

All these infusions stand out for being hypocaloric, that is, they provide less than 2 kilocalories per 100 milliliters of drink. On the other hand, it must be emphasized that these are complementary contributions to the diet and that in no case do they replace the whole fruits and vegetables on which they are based, because other essential micronutrients such as dietary fiber are absent in this case. The varieties of piña colada and mango also contain the vegetable sweetener stevia, which is not caloric but whose flavor is not always necessarily adapted to all palates.

As for the infusion of Red Fruits, it is based on another herbal preparation, the hibiscus flower, which provides among its main antioxidants citric and ascorbic acid. As for the main fruit, it is about aronia, a berry with a very high content of polyphenols and flavonoids, natural antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects that benefit cardiovascular and metabolic health.

Finally, the use of plastic wrap for the sachets is a necessity that guarantees that their properties are preserved, explains the chain. “In infusions, the function of the bag is that the scents and essential oils The characteristics of this product remain for a longer time, as well as protecting it from oxidation and external agents that could reduce its quality ”, says Mercadona. “However, if you deposit the containers in the yellow container, we guarantee that they are treated and fall within the circular economy circuit,” they conclude.