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The Baltimore Sun has published an article detailing how flower-flavored drinks are a growing trend in health food stores such as Whole Foods Market. This flower trend is also showing up in snacks like chocolate and popcorn.

Blossom Water, a Massachusetts-based company, started its flower-infused water business more than two years ago. Today, they have online slot machine games four flavors – Lemon Rose, Plum Jasmine, Grapefruit Lilac and Pomegranate Geranium – in more than 300 stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

Several studies have found that certain flowers show specific benefits: In 2008, a study in The Journal of Nutrition found hibiscus lowered blood pressure, and in 2004, a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine showed elderflower reduced flu symptoms.

Sara Haas, a Chicago-based registered dietitian, chief and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, theorizes that flowers’ vivid colors could mean that they contain an abundance of antioxidants, much like fruits and vegetables. As the trend of ingesting flower-infused products continues to grow, more researchers will likely perform long-term studies on the possible benefits of ingesting flower-infused products.

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