Healthy Coconut Water
There are a number of health benefits to drinking coconut water. Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts. Over time the coconut water inside a coconut solidifies into the meat of the coconut.
Coconut water is a delicious and refreshing beverage that can be drunk as it is or mixed with other liquids. It is a popular drink in the tropics. The great thing about coconut water is that it is always safe to drink straight from the coconut. It was successfully used by the Americans and the Japanese during the war in the Pacific to give emergency blood plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. Coconut water is high in minerals and is a better liquid for restoring body PH and essential electrolyte balance than any sports drink. Here is a list of some of the benefits of coconut water.
- Low in carbs
- 99% fat free
- Low in sugars
- Isotonic drink great for re-hydrating the body
- Promotes weight loss
- Boosts immunity system
- Cleanses the digestive tract
- Balance your body PH levels
- Good for treating kidney and urethral stones
- Raises metabolism
- Carries oxygen to the body’s cells
- Contains zero cholesterol
- More nutritious than milk
- High in potassium
- Contains lauric acid that fights viruses
Below are introductions and reviews of coconut water available for purchase on Amazon.com
Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water is sold in 12 11.2 ounce tetra pack containers for about $23. It is a coconut water made in Brazil. It contains 5 essential electrolytes-potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous. It is free of fat, sugar and cholesterol. This coconut water tastes great served chilled or mixed in a cocktail. Each coconut harvested when 7 months old and is cracked by hand. No artificial sweeteners or added sugar.
Vita Coco Pure Coconut Oil has received a whopping 352 reviews! 202 reviewers gave the product 5 stars. 46 people gave the coconut water 1 star.
It is impossible to summarize so many opinions here. However, one standout reviewer from Cuba said he tried all three of the major coconut water brands on his 4 year old daughter who had grown up drinking coconut water and out of Zico, O.N.E and Vita Coco she liked Vita Coco the best. He describes Vita Coco as, “most close 99.8% to the fresh coconut taste”. Praise indeed.
Negative reviews claim that Zico is closer to fresh coconut water straight from the coconut. One reviewer complained that her shipment of coconut water from Vita Coco had gone off.
Zico Pure Premium Coconut Water is sold in 11.2 ounce tetra packs. For 12 packs the cost on Amazon is about $20. The advantage of buying coconut water in tetra packs is that it avoids the problem of dented tins. A slightly squashed tetra pack poses no risks to health.
This is a coconut water that is made in Brazil. It is very popular. It is made from pure coconuts, not concentrate and contains no added sugar.
- Suitable as a sports drink – has all 5 essential electrolytes
- Great for smoothies or cocktails
- Only 60 calories per tetra pack
Zico Pure Coconut Water has received 176 reviews on Amazon. Of those, 102 are 5 stars and 22 are 1 star.
The top review for Zico coconut water gives it 5/5 for taste compared to O.N.E (4/5) and Vita (3/5).
Another reviewer mentioned that this coconut water is great if you work out because it contains a lot more potassium and other electrolytes than sports drinks with no added sugar. He also mentioned that it is great for re-hydrating when you have a hangover. The same reviewer (from the West Indies) says: “This is the best tasting and most authentic tasting brand out there.”
The negative reviews are mostly from people who didn’t like the taste of coconut water. Zico is a brand of coconut water without added sugar and so has a sour under taste that might not be to everyone’s taste.
O.N.E Coconut Water comes in 11.2 Ounce aseptic containers. The 12 pack costs about $20. This coconut water contains the 5 main electrolytes – potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous – in the same levels as the human body. O.N.E coconut water is 100% natural. It is one of the favorite brands of coconut water on the market. O.N.E is dedicated to sustaining the Amazon rainforest. The packaging is eco-friendly the Tetra Pak.
O.N.E Coconut Water has received 222 reviews on Amazon. 112 reviews gave the product the top 5 star rating, 48 reviews were 4 stars and 21 reviews gave the coconut water just 1 star.
Many people comment that O.N.E coconut water has the closest taste to drinking the water straight from young coconuts. Many people also mention that it tastes better chilled. One reviewer thought that the packaging was excellent because it didn’t have any smell.
One long review questions the environmentally friendly credentials of the O.N.E company. He could find no proof that the coconut water was organic such as ‘USDA Organic’. The same reviewer wrote that he couldn’t find any information on the company website about where the coconut palms are grown and how they are grown.
Many of the other reviews compare O.N.E coconut water to Zico and Vita Coco. The general consensus is that O.N.E is the closest in taste to fresh coconut water. This is, of course, is all subjective. I leave it for you to decide.