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Apple Cinnamon Water, Energy Booster or Waste of Time?

Apple cinnamon water

Apple cinnamon water is one of several infused waters that has been populating the Internet recently, and part of the pitch accompanying the photos and recipes is that this flavored water has no calories (and thus could help with weight loss), is an energy booster, and/or has detox powers. So are any of these claims true, or is making apple cinnamon water a waste of time?


What are the basics of apple cinnamon water?

The recipe for apple cinnamon water is not rocket science: you combine sliced apples, cinnamon sticks, and water in a (preferably) glass pitcher or large jar, let the combination steep or diffuse in the refrigerator overnight or at least for several hours, and serve. A standard recipe calls for 2 sliced apples (no seeds), 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks (depends on how much you like the taste of cinnamon), and 64 ounces of pure water.

Like many of the other kinds of infused water recipes, you can make some variations, such as using half water and half crushed ice, adding a teaspoon of honey or agave syrup to sweeten the water (which adds calories), or serving the water with or without the fruit. Another variation you can try when making apple cinnamon water is to boil the apple slices and cinnamon sticks for a few minutes, then add the mixture to the remaining amount of water in your pitcher and refrigerate.

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Some people prefer to use a pitcher specially designed to make infused water (an infuser), but you can save yourself that expense by simply using a regular glass pitcher or sun tea jar. Infused apple cinnamon water is inexpensive, too: you can refill your water pitcher two to four times before you need to toss out the apple slices and cinnamon sticks. (Don’t forget to compost the apples!)

However you slice it (pun intended), you have created a refreshing beverage for yourself and your family that avoids the pitfalls of sugar-based sodas. But what about the energy-booster, no-calorie, and detox claims?

  • No scientific studies have shown that drinking infused apple cinnamon water will specificaly boost your energy levels or help with detoxification efforts by your body. That does not mean drinking infused water is not an excellent, healthful habit: it is, and it is highly encouraged, especially for anyone who is used to downing lots of sugary or artificially-flavored drinks.
  • As for the no-calorie claims, water alone is calorie-free, but when you add ingredients that do have calories and some of the particles of those substances remain in the water, then the resulting flavored water may have a few calories. However, the infused water is still virtually a zero beverage, free of the empty calories provided by sugar and the potential health hazards associated with artificial sugars and flavorings.
  • Drinking infused apple cinnamon water may boost your energy and help keep your energy levels balanced simply because you are providing your body with life-sustaining water instead of soda pop and resulting sugar rushes and lows. In addition, infused water helps prevent dehydration, which can result if you down soda (especially caffeinated drinks) and other sugary beverages after exercise or when you are thirsty.
  • Lastly, water is a natural detoxifier. That’s why you are encouraged to drink about eight 8-ounces of pure water daily to flush toxins and other wastes from your body via urine, sweat, and breath. Why not make that effort delicious by making and drinking apple cinnamon water—never a waste of time!

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I used 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, wrapped in a coffee filter. I do have a tendency to swell up on occasion, so I'm reasonably sure it's a coincidence. But after reading a couple posts from people with similar results, I thought I'd ask. Thanks so much for your response.
Terri, How much water did you drink? Are you on any medications at all?
I used 2 quarts of water, one sliced apple and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Day One I drank about a quart and a half. Day Two, about the same. I read somewhere that you can use the same apple and cinnamon for 3-4 pitchers, so I imagine Day Two was less potent than Day One. This morning, Day Three, when I woke up, the swelling has gone down considerably, but not 100%. At this point, my intention is to continue the regimen, because I'm not sure, after only two days, that I've given it a chance. Thank you so much for this site and for your attention.
Oh, I'm on Metformin (diabetes) and Lisinopril (high blood pressure.
Terri, I take the same mess as you. Did you consult with your doc? Are you still drinking the water? I'm thinking of giving it a try and was wondering... Thanks.
Hi Terri and Sonya. I would be interested in knowing how you have been doing with the apple cinnamon water since I last responded to your question, and it appears Sonya is interested as well. Let us know! Thanks
I suggest you talk to your healthcare provider about your change in habits (the addition of cinnamon apple water), especially since you are taking medications for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Hi Terri - As a nurse I agree with Deborah. The thing is you want to make sure it is not just a coincidence that you had swelling. Since hypertension is so closely related to heart function, especially over-time, make sure you let your doctor know what happened. It is never ever ever ever (did I say never? LOL) - a bad idea to err on the side of caution when it comes to our health. We truly care about your well-being, thus the guidance. Not to mention the holidays are approaching and you want to make certain everything is good with your vital signs, blood work and all else.
Could I use ice water, instead of crushed ice,? Could the drink be served lukewarm, too? I am not used to drinking cold stuff. Thank you.
Winnie, I see no reason why you couldn't enjoy apple cinnamon water at room temperature or use ice water instead of ice. Enjoy!
How much water should you drink a day? I haven't read that anywhere.
I am still drinking the water, though I switch back and forth from the apple/cinnamon to black raspberry/lemon. The swelling was a coincidence. It's gone now and I'm on my way to a healthier me.
Terri, you mentioned you're taking meds for diabetes. Have you noticed a change in your blood sugar with the cinnamon water concoction?
I have been drinking this water for about two weeks. I find by having it ready and cold that I drink more. I also use it for my evening cocktail as I have stopped drinking alcohol. I do think I have detoxed. Also have an unrelated sinus issue so do not feel very energized. I love the water.
Libby: That's great! Glad to hear this simple beverage has helped you. Thanks for sharing your experience.
I took this 2 days ago but stopped since I got migrain and it seemed my energy was drained. I prepared again today but at night I started feeling that my sugar is getting low and a slight migrain. I am not diabetic.
I made a slight variety in this recipe. Instead of infusing the water with apple and cinnamon. I've put everything in a blender and made me a flavored drink. Today I brewed 5 green tea bags and cooled the water down and used the tea instead of the water and put it in the fridge. It tasted delicious and refreshing.
I been drinking the cinnamon apple water for 2 weeks ii lost 7 pounds with exercise and eating healthy and its pretty good and I feel stupendous
I am on day 2 of drinking the water. I have not had any pepsi but have had some coffee in the morning with a bit a creamer. The water has no cinnamon taste with 2 sticks... does it matter if these are purchased fresh or from the spice isle at the grocery store-we bought Mccormick cinnamon sticks? Also not much of an apple flavor. One of the viral videos said 1/2 an apple but that didn't work so added a whole apple. This article says 2 apples- what should I be using to get a great apple flavor? Also, these 2 days I have been totally exhausted after dinner that I fall asleep without trying sitting on the couch. Is this normal? Should the water be replacing my energy or am I just having side effects from no pepsi.
I use 1 whole apple and 2 cinnamon sticks to 1 1/2 liters of water and it tastes great...I have a lot of extra energy not as hungry for snacks. ..and my sugars are good
How long can I keep this mixture? Can it soak for 24 hours?
Court, I think 24 hours would be fine as long as it is refrigerated. What do others think? Share your experiences!
I started drinking the apple cinnamon water today, and I feel great! I usually drink several Diet Mt. Dew's by the 44oz cup daily. Today I only drank half of one. I have not had a craving for it since starting the infused water this morning. I am trying to convince my husband to try it too. We both take medication daily for narcolepsy, and still struggle with excessive daytime sleepiness. I noticed a tremendous increase in my energy level today. I am extremely happy with the results just from today, and am excited to see what the long term effects will be. I am a licensed practical nurse and wanted to let Terri know that swelling is not uncommon when you have hypertension. Increasing your water intake and decreasing your sodium intake will help to reduce swelling. I hope this helps.
Jenny, thank you for sharing your experience with apple cinnamon water and for reassuring Terri about the swelling. It's so great when we all help one another!
I just weighed myself, and I thought I would let you guys know I am down 3 pounds since yesterday. I feel amazing. For the first time in forever, I woke up feeling refreshed. I am convinced the infused water is the reason. I will definitely keep drinking it.
Hey . Sorry to bother but how much do you drink a day ?? To make this a succesful detox water . Im trying to lose 20 pounds but i dont know how much water to drink please let me know or email me at [email protected]
My sister and I are drinking this water and we love it although we are making more trips to the bathroom due to the high contents of water intake. But the cinnamon does help to curve your appetite and the Apple gives it some flavor. I have experienced more energy. I give this water 10 thumbs up if I had them lol.
Is it required to refrigerate? I prefer my water at room temp.
Desiree, I don't know that refrigeration is required, but I would not leave it out at room temperature (especially if it is hot) for long as a safety precaution.
I have a problem with just drinking plain water because it has no taste. I want to start getting more water in my system because I had a kidney transplant in 2006. I will drink some of the vitamin waters but not all the time and drinking sweet tea all the time is my problem. I want to cut back on the sweet tea. I am going to try this apple and cinnamon water to see if it helps, but I am only going to star with so many ounces a day. I don't want to over stress my body. I really hope this will help me get more water into my system because I know I need it for my kidney and body.