Real coco coconut water review

In recent years coconut water has left the palm-treed shores of tropical islands where tourists on lounge chairs stick straws straight into the fruit, and exploded onto supermarket shelves—helped along by beverage giants such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

Marketed as a natural health drink, brands spout various health claims promoting coconut water. So before we drank the Kool-Aid, we thought we’d check in with the experts whether the nutritional claims stack up. Is coconut water part of a healthy diet or we should just stick to good old water from the tap?

We asked five experts if coconut water is good for you.

Four out of five experts said no

Here are their detailed responses:

Alessandro R Demaio, Medical Doctor

No

Stick to plain water. Coconut water is the “juice” of the coconut, not to be confused with its higher-fat cousin coconut milk. While it does contain some natural electrolytes—including potassium, sodium and manganese—there is no compelling evidence it is better for rehydration than normal water. While coconut water is lower in sugar than other juices and probably fine as a treat from time to time, it still contains unnecessary liquid sugar and calories so I would recommend sticking with plain water for both rehydration and everyday drinking.

Clare Collins, Nutritionist

No

Coconut water is the clear liquid found inside young green coconuts. Nutritionally coconut water does contain some nutrients, including the B vitamins Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, as well as trace amounts of thiamin (B1), Vitamin C, potassium, and sodium. It also contains some simple carbohydrates (sugars) and amino acids.

The energy content varies from 80 kilojoules (kJs) to 150 kJs per 100ml compared to zero for water. Some products on supermarket shelves are pure coconut water but many contain a mixture of coconut water with other ingredients added. These include coconut cream, sugar, other fruit juices, vitamin C, and added flavors which add to its kilojoule content.

Coconut water has been promoted as a sports drink but a 2017 study in ten males who completed a 60 minute cycling exercise followed by a 10km time trial on two occasions found drinking coconut water did not improve their markers of hydration or their exercise performance compared with drinking plain water. The hype does not match the research evidence. So unless you prefer the taste and have time to exercise to burn up the extra kilojoules coconut water provides, especially the flavored varieties, I suggest you stick with water.

Emma Beckett, Food scientist

No

I’m going to say no, because coconut water is overhyped. But, remember it’s not individual foods that are good or bad for us, it’s our overall diets that matter. Coconut water is advertised as low sugar. Which is true when comparing fresh, unsweetened coconut water to soda or fruit juice. But many coconut waters are sweetened—so a 330ml serving could have more than 15 grams of sugar.

Compared to other drinks, coconut water is high in the essential nutrient potassium. While this sounds good, most people aren’t low in potassium because we get more than enough from eating fruits and vegetables. One normal potato has as much potassium as 330ml of coconut water.

Enzymes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients are the other ‘selling’ points of coconut water. But our bodies make the enzymes they need, and fruit and vegetables have antioxidants and phytonutrients. Bottom line—drink water and eat food, don’t get distracted by expensive beverages.

Rosemary Stanton, Nutritionist

No

The watery liquid from the centre of the coconut is refreshing. It has no fat, and less sugar, and fewer kilojoules than soft drinks. However, many brands have some dubious claims.

• ‘No added sugar’: true (check the ingredients), but it contains natural sugars. 500ml from young coconuts has 33g of sugar, made up of 36% fructose, 41% glucose, and 23% sucrose. This is less than most fruit juices and soft drinks, but the sugars do add up and 500ml has approximately 500 kJ.

• ‘Rich in electrolytes, including calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, and potassium’: correct only for potassium. Only insignificant quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Sodium varies, but is usually commendably low.

• ‘Good source of vitamins’: false. Most vitamins are absent and the few present are in insignificant quantities.

• ‘Superior way to rehydrate’: not according to reliable studies. One study found coconut water didn’t improve cyclists’ performance, and those who drank coconut water took in less fluid than those who drank water. Bottom line: fine for an occasional refreshing drink, but I’d recommend water.

Rebecca Charlotte Reynolds, Nutritionist

Yes

Coconut water is known as ‘dew from the heavens’ to Hawaiians. It’s made up of about 94% water, 4% sugars, 1% fiber, and has less than 1% protein, fat, and other chemicals. The other chemicals include vitamins, minerals (including the electrolytes sodium and potassium), and plant hormones like cytokinins (that may benefit the body in various ways).

Coconut water is a good thing to drink for overall health and can be useful for rehydration after lots of sweating, or diarrhoea and vomiting. That is, if you can afford it—it’s more expensive than cow’s milk, for example. Also, if you need to watch your body weight, prioritizing tap water may be a better idea (coconut water provides about 170kJ per 250ml serving). Also note coconut water usually comes in drink containers that have been transported from tropical regions such as Vietnam, which isn’t great for the environment—again, tap water wins in this respect.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Is coconut water worth the splurge?

In recent years there has been an explosion of coconut water products available at grocery and convenience stores. If you’ve tasted it, you know that it’s pretty refreshing-even the plain, unflavored coconut waters (or so I think).

And because staying hydrated can make or break your workout performance, it’s not surprising that many athletes and weekend warriors are looking for an extra edge when it comes to their beverage of choice.

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But should you be reaching for coconut water, instead of just water? Is it any better-is it worth the splurge?

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The good news is thatcoconut water, the clear liquid found in young coconuts, naturally contains some electrolytes (potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium), which you lose through sweat when you exercise. Although the research on the drink is still limited, one 2002 study found that exercisers who consumed coconut water drank more, but weren’t any more hydrated than those who drank water or a sports drink.

So what, then, is coconut water best for? Try it whenyou want something other than water that’s natural. But pay attention to which product you choose because not all are created equal. And be mindful of the extra calories. (Find out here when you should be using energy or sports drinks, electrolyte waters, juice and milk.)

Here’s how 10 plain-flavored brands compare:
FYI, with a couple of exceptions-which I’ve called out below-most brands contain only one ingredient: coconut water. I’ve also standardized all the nutrition information to 8 ounces to make it easier for you to compare.

Sobe Lifewater (per 8 fluid ounces) delivers 35 calories, 45 milligrams sodium, 8 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams sugar, 65 milligrams potassium. You get 2 1/2 servings in a bottle. The first ingredient is water, the second is sugar and the third is coconut water. Of all the brands we looked at, this is the only one with added sugar and it’s the lowest in potassium.

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Vita Coco (per 8 fluid ounces) delivers 45 calories, 30 milligrams sodium, 11 grams carbohydrate, 11 grams sugar, 470 milligrams potassium. For Vita Coco you get 2 servings per container. Vita Coco used to be made with only two ingredients, fresh coconut water and vitamin C, which explains why the bottle delivers 100 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Now it also lists “less than 1% natural fruit sugar” as an ingredient. Their reasoning is that it allows them to standardize the sweetness based on the coconut harvest so their product will always have 11 grams of sugar in 8 ounces. Drinking one container also gives you 10 percent of your daily dose of magnesium.

Zico Natural (per 8 fluid ounces) contains just 34 calories, 91 milligrams sodium, 7 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams sugar, 324 milligrams potassium. Per cup, Zico Natural is the lowest in terms of calories, carbohydrates and sugar. Because the bottle delivers 14 ounces, if you drink the entire thing, you’ll need to up the numbers above. One bottle gives you 9 percent of your daily magnesium.

O.N.E. (per 8 fluid ounces) has 43 calories, 43 milligrams sodium, 11 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams sugar, 0 grams protein, 476 milligrams potassium. The small bottle that you’ll find in stores, however, is 11.2 fluid ounces. If you drink the entire thing that’ll be 60 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. You’ll also get a little calcium (4 percent of your daily needs) and magnesium (6 percent).

Naked (per 8 fluid ounces) delivers 43 calories, 14 milligrams sodium, 10 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams sugar, 462 milligrams potassium. A bottle of Naked coconut water, however, is 11.2 fluid ounces so if you drink the entire container you’ll get 60 calories, 20 milligrams sodium and 14 grams of carbohydrate. You’ll also get some calcium-and slightly more than O.N.E. at 6 percent of your daily recommendation. Of the brands we compared, Naked delivers the least amount of sodium.

Taste Nirvana (per 8 fluid ounces) has 42 calories, 35 milligrams sodium, 8 grams carbohydrate, 8 grams sugar, 504 milligrams potassium (per cup, that’s the most potassium of the brands here). Taste Nirvana is another brand where the container you buy is a little larger: 9.5 fluid ounces. Per container, you get about 4 percent of your daily recommended calcium and 9 percent magnesium.

CocoZona (per 8 fluid ounces) contains 37 calories, 121 milligrams sodium, 10 grams carbohydrate, 9 grams sugar, 408 milligrams potassium. As with some of the other brands, CocoZona comes in a larger container than a cup-14.5 fluid ounces; it also contains the most sodium of all the brands compared here. But you also get about 4 percent of your daily recommended calcium and 10 percent magnesium.

Blue Monkey (per 8 fluid ounces) boasts 76 calories, 42 milligrams sodium, 19 grams carbohydrate, 10 grams sugar, 290 milligrams potassium and 6 percent of your daily recommendation for iron. You get 2 servings per Blue Monkey container.

C20 (per 8 fluid ounces) delivers 50 calories, 66 milligrams sodium, 13 grams carbohydrate, 11 grams sugar, 293 milligrams potassium. In each bottle, you get 2 8-ounce servings.

CocoWater (per 8 fluid ounces) packs in 90 calories, 45 milligrams sodium, 13 grams carbohydrate, 13 grams sugar, 475 milligrams potassium. Per container of CocoWater, you get 2 8-ounce servings, which makes this coconut water the highest in terms of calories than any other brands compared here. There are 2 ingredients in CocoWater: the first is coconut water and the second is vitamin C, which explains why the bottle delivers 150 percent of your daily recommendation for C.

Coconut water is hailed as the latest thing for the health conscious, with more and more brands available. In Brazil, India and the Caribbean, it’s been a staple for decades but its popularity has sky-rocketed in the last few years in the UK. Coconut water contains naturally high levels of hydrating electrolytes, including potassium, calcium and magnesium, which have made it popular as a sports drink. It’s made with the liquid inside young, green coconuts – some companies add water but others will be 100% coconut water. This is different from coconut milk which is made of the white flesh – grated or squeezed – to make a liquid.
The most popular brand in the UK is Vita Coco – it makes up nine out of 10 of every coconut water bought, and its sales are soaring at 122% each year. Popularity is one thing, but is it the best? We tried eight different coconut water brands, comparing big brands like Vita Coco and Innocent to supermarket ones like Asda, Marks & Spencer and Aldi. When Aldi’s is the best, why pay more? Find out why we think so.

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Coconut water can be found on every supermarket shelf in America. It’s considered a healthier replacement for sports drinks, more hydrating than regular water, and even a tasty ingredient to blend with your favorite liquor for a healthy-ish cocktail. Coconut water margaritas anyone?

While most sports drinks are full of sugar and additives, coconut water replenishes your body with electrolytes without any extra chemicals or unnatural ingredients. That is if you’re buying a coconut water brand that’s still good for you. Not all coconut water is created equal or sourced sustainably. In fact, some are downright bad for your health AND for the environment.

Next time you reach for a refreshing drink of coconut water keep these tips in mind:

Look for coconut water that is the least processed and still has most of the nutrients intact. Why? The Scientific Journal of Molecules found that coconut water helps prevent heart attacks, can lower high blood pressure, has serious anti-aging effects, fights free radicals which reduces cancer risks, and contains trans-zeatin which can help treat Alzheimer’s disease. In order to reap all of coconut water’s health benefits, it’s best to drink it in its raw form.

Because we can’t all crack open a fresh coconut every day, make sure the brands you’re buying aren’t heat-pasteurized at high temperatures. Some coconut water brands use heat-pasteurization to kill bacteria and extend shelf life, but this process also kills off most of the nutrition. There’s a better way to pasteurize that keeps the health benefits intact. Look for brands that use high-pressure processing instead. You’ll see HPP on the label.

You also want to avoid coconut water that has puree listed in the ingredients. The only ingredient you should see on the back of the label is coconut water and maybe one or two other natural additives. If you see puree, avoid it at all costs. It usually means a lot of added sugars and preservatives.

Here are the healthiest and most sustainable brands of coconut water on the market:

Harmless Harvest

Harmless Organic Coconut WaterHarmless Harvest

This organic coconut brand envisions a world where nutritious, clean, organic, and healthy food are the rule rather than the exception. Harmless Harvest believes in treating their employees fairly and sourcing the coconuts as sustainably as possible. The coconuts are sourced in Thailand using traditional agricultural methods and community-centered farming initiatives. No high heat is involved in the pasteurization process either, just high pressure, leaving all the nutrients intact.

Harmless Harvest Organic Raw Coconut Water 16oz: $4.49 per bottle

Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water

Taste Nirvana Real Coconut WaterTaste Nirvana

Taste Nirvana claims it has the best tasting coconut water for sale. It’s a family owned operation that bottles it’s coconut water in small batches within hours of harvesting the coconuts. The taste is seriously refreshing.

Run by a Thai father and son team, Taste Nirvana employs local Thai coconut farmers. They use premium Thai Nan Ham Coconuts, which are considered to be the sweetest and most nutritious in the world. This coconut water is also bottled in glass, making it 100% recyclable.

Taste Nirvana Real All Natural Coconut Water: $2.51 per bottle

Vital Juice

Vital Young Coconut WaterVital Juice Co.

Vital Juice Co adds absolutely nothing but young coconut water to it’s refreshing beverage. Their coconut water is never heated or frozen during the process of harvesting to grocery store. It’s left raw, delicious, and nutritious.

It can be harder to find this brand in typical grocery stores unless you live in a major city. You can buy it in bulk online though. It’s one of the pricer coconut waters on the market, but it’s also one of the healthiest.

Vital Juice Co Coconut Water: $59.88 for 12 pack of 10oz bottles

Munkijo Organic Coconut Water

100% Organic Coconut WaterMunkijo

This organic coconut water is sourced in the Philippines, the largest exporter of coconuts in the world. Coconuts from the Philippines are less sweet than those from Thailand, making this a good option if you don’t enjoy overly sweat beverages.

Munkijo 100% Organic Coconut Water: $26.95 for a case of 12

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Water

100% Organic Coconut WaterRebel Kitchen

Rebel kitchen is one of the newest coconut water brands to hit stores. It’s a U.K based brand that sources it’s coconut from small farms in the Philippines. They also use non-thermal, high pressure processing instead of heat-pasteurization.

Similar to Munkijo coconut water, it has a refreshing but less sweet taste than other Thai-based brands. This coconut water is currently only available for purchase in stores. It’ll be available to order from the Rebel Kitchen website soon!

Rebel Kitchen Coconut Water: $4.00 per bottle

The Coconut Water Brands to Avoid:

Vita Coco

Natural Coconut WaterVita Coco

This brand claims it 100% pure but the coconut water undergoes high heat-pasteurization that kills almost all of the nutrients. Vita Coco also adds sweeteners to their coconut water so it isn’t exactly “100% pure”. Steer clear from their coffee/coconut water fusion drink. It’s full of carragean, an emulsifier that destroys your healthy gut.

Zico

Coconut waterZico

You’ve probably seen this coconut water brand on super market shelves. It’s one of the most popular brands on the market. That’s because it’s manufactured by the Coca-Cola company, who’s a huge fan of GMO’s. Zico coconut water is made from a heat-pasteurized concentrate. If you prefer healthy coconut water with all of its nutrients intact, steer clear.

Naked Juice

Coconut WaterNaked Pepsi Co

This Pepsi co brand is involved in a class action lawsuit for deceptive labeling. While the name may suggest that Naked Coconut Water is pure and organic, Pepsi Co has been called out for using GMO’s under false organic labeling before. Whether the claims are true or not, it’s most definitely heat-pasteurized, which is reason enough to avoid this product.

There are so many delicious way to enjoy coconut water aside from just drinking it raw. Try adding some to your morning smoothies, whipping up a fruity cocktail, or using it to sweeten your iced-coffee. You can even add it to curry and soups in place of regular water for more flavor and nutrition. Here’s are 12 refreshing coconut water recipes to try this summer from Well + Good.

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I love coconut water! When I’m traveling in the tropics, there is nothing better than drinking water straight from a coconut. Mother nature designed the perfect vessel for a drink that is so refreshing, slightly sweet, and keeps you hydrated in hot climates. You’ve probably heard that coconut water makes an excellent hydrating drink that replenishes electrolytes and can replace nasty chemical-filled Gatorade and Powerade – but there really is more to it than that. How do you buy the healthiest coconut water and avoid the worst?

Coconut water is one of the healthiest drinks on the planet

Coconut water contains a unique combination of B vitamins, vitamin C, micronutrients, and phytohormones that are exceptionally beneficial to your health. A scientific review of coconut water, published in the journal Molecules, highlights some of the ways that coconut water replenishes your body:

  • Helps to prevent heart attacks
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Can have anti-aging effects
  • Fights free radicals to help prevent cancer
  • Contains trans-zeatin which can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

That being said, I don’t want you to think it’s okay to pick up just any coconut water off of the shelf. Packaged coconut water is really flooding into the market recently. You can find it in bottles, cartons or powdered, frozen, flavored, carbonated, and sweetened. With all these choices it can be confusing and difficult to know if you are choosing the best one.

It usually costs at least $3 bucks a bottle, so it’s not exactly affordable- and if I’m going to spend my hard earned money on some, I make sure it’s worth it! Primarily, I look for coconut water that is the least processed and still has the majority of its nutrients intact. This is always going to be directly from a fresh coconut – but, of course that’s not always available. If you haven’t already heard, Pepsico and Coca-Cola have their own versions of coconut water – (O.N.E., Zico, Naked) – and you can only imagine what the corporations have done to it.

How To Ruin Coconut Water

Using a concentrate instead of fresh juice: Some coconut water companies get away with saying their drinks contain “100% Coconut Water” that’s “All Natural” even though it’s made from a reconstituted concentrate. Just like other juices in the store, they heat fresh coconut water and reduce it to a syrup. It’s cheaper for them to import this coconut water syrup, which they later add water prior to packaging. Any juice that has been heated to this extent loses a significant amount of its nutrients and its beneficial enzymes are denatured (i.e. the enzymes don’t work anymore).

Taking water from mature coconuts: This is a biggie. Young coconuts on the tree are usually green with an abundance of water in the center that is full of nutrients. Anyone that drinks coconut water straight from a coconut is drinking out of one of these young coconuts. As they begin to age, the nutrients in the water begin to seep into the meat of the coconut, and the water becomes less nutritious. It’s essentially watered-down. This also happens when young coconuts are picked and allowed to lie on the ground in the sun, for an extended period of time. While older “mature” coconuts might be used to make coconut oil, coconut milk and other coconut products, the coconut water from older coconuts is often discarded because it’s lacking nutrients and doesn’t taste the same. As the popularity in coconut water spiked recently, companies realized that they could buy up the water from mature coconuts and could get it cheaper than young coconut water. This is why it’s important to drink young coconut water and not get scammed into drinking the watered-down and less nutritious version.

Adding “natural flavors” or sweeteners: Young coconut water is refreshing and sweet, so there is absolutely no need to flavor or sweeten it – unless you are trying to hide something. Guess what happens when they use mature coconuts for their water? It tastes acidic, so they mask this taste with natural flavors or sweeten it up with sugars. I’ve heard that some companies use a centrifuge system to remove the acidic taste, but it’s a safe assumption that if you see a plain coconut water on the shelf with any natural flavors or sweeteners added it is from mature coconuts and not worth your money.

Pasteurizing it with heat: Coconut water is very delicate, naturally perishable, and should be kept cold. Have you ever stopped to wonder why most bottled and boxed coconut waters on the shelves aren’t in the refrigerated section? I recently checked out one of these bottles and noticed it didn’t expire for 2 years! This is because most coconut water at the store is heat pasteurized, which literally means that it’s been cooked to a very high temperature to kill bacteria and extend its shelf life. It has been shown that heat also destroys some of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients and also denatures enzymes – stripping its benefits and much of its flavor. If coconut water is from concentrate, this would be the second time it’s heated. Obviously, your best bet is to seek out and find unpasteurized raw coconut water. This can be hard to find, but there is another way to kill bacteria while keeping the nutrients intact: HPP (high pressure processing). Without using heat, HPP is best way to preserve the goodness in coconut water, while extending its shelf life a little to make it more available commercially.

Dipping whole coconuts in formaldehyde or sodium metabisulphite: It’s been reported that some non-organic coconuts may be preserved for transport to the U.S. by dipping them in chemicals, including formaldehyde a known carcinogen. This leads to the possibility that these chemicals seep into the coconut meat and poisons the water. Some of my favorite organic cafes avoid this by getting frozen coconut water shipped directly to them.

We called up several of the most popular coconut water companies and asked where they source their coconuts (young vs. mature), if they dip them in chemicals, how they pasteurize them, and about additives and preservatives that they may use. We got a variety of responses, and it’s almost surprising to me how much some of these companies have screwed up something as basic as coconut water. I found several brands to avoid, because they are so heavily processed that the final product barely resembles natural coconut water.

Coconut waters to avoid at all costs:

Naked Juice Coconut Water – Although it’s not from concentrate, Naked told me that they use “mature” coconut water that is flash pasteurized with heat. The plain variety doesn’t have any additives, but all of the flavored ones have added natural flavors. This is also a Pepsico brand – a company that spent over $4 Million dollars to fight GMO labels – so they aren’t getting any of my business.

O.N.E. Coconut Water – This is another Pepsico brand that is flash pasteurized with heat. The flavored waters “with a Splash of Fruit Juice” contain natural flavors and “sugar” as an ingredient. As it doesn’t say “cane sugar” on the label, this could very well be from GMO sugar beets.

Pepsico told me that they couldn’t confirm whether their sugar is GMO because:

“the exact source of the sugar in our coconut water cannot be confirmed because we source our ingredients from around the world and that information is not available at this time. Please know that all of our products comply with all applicable food laws and labeling requirements. O.N.E. Coconut Water relies on the regulatory agencies charged with safeguarding our food supply when sourcing ingredients for our products”.

They are relying on the FDA’s regulations to protect us, although the FDA themselves say that the manufacturer is responsible for ensuring the safety of the ingredients used in their products, including GMOs.

Zico – They sell two entirely different coconut waters depending on which packaging you choose. The waters in the bottles are made from concentrate and are a “blend of Asian coconuts” with natural flavors added. On the other hand, the ones in the tetra-pak cartons are not made from concentrate, have no additives, and contain only Thai coconut water that is packaged in Thailand. A bit confusing, isn’t it? While the tetra-paks (boxed) seem like a good choice, they use “Ultra High Temperature Pasteurization” to give it a long shelf life. This means it’s heated well above boiling point to 280 degrees Fahrenheit, which “kills everything” according to Scientific American, including beneficial nutrients. Plus, in case you didn’t hear the news, they were recently acquired by Coca-Cola – a big supporter of GMOs who have spent over 3.2 million to prevent GMO labeling.

CocoZona – We called and emailed them on several occasions, and they never replied to any of our questions – not even a peep! I always find it alarming when a company refuses to stand behind their product and isn’t transparent about their practices, especially since some companies have been caught lying about what’s really in the bottle. So, at this point, we know little more than what’s printed on the bottle of CocoZona, and the ingredient list reveals that it is made from concentrate. That’s enough reason to stay away from it.

Vita Coco – Don’t be fooled by all of those celebrity endorsements! Their waters are not made from concentrate, but they are all pasteurized with heat. Many of the flavored versions contain added sweeteners and the Cafe versions contain carrageenan. Even the seemingly plain 100% pure version contains added “fruit sugar.” Watch out for their coconut waters targeting kids, which are loaded with added sugar and many different natural flavors – they are not 100% coconut water! According to their website, Vita Coco Kids is also ultra high temperature pasteurized.

GOYA – This brand is heat pasteurized and contains added preservatives. Some versions are sweetened with sugar, which may be GMO. Because I vote with my dollars, I avoid any GOYA brand product as they spent over $56K to fight GMO labeling in California.

C2O – They told me they heat pasteurize their water up to 120 degrees celsius once the product is in the can for as long as 5 minutes. Although, they use no additives or concentrates, the length of this high heat processing puts it squarely on my avoid list.

Purity Organic – It’s made from concentrate and flash pasteurized with heat, so some of the goodness has been destroyed. It’s organic I know, but not all organic products use the best practices!

Coco Libre (Organic) – It’s made from concentrate, flash pasteurized with heat and has added “natural flavors.”

How do other popular coconut waters stack up?

Munkijo (organic) – This water isn’t from concentrate, contains no additives or added sugars and their young coconuts are sustainably grown and harvested. But I’m sorry to report they also use ultra high heat pasteurization to process their waters, so it’s far from the best on the market.

Coco Hydro by Big Tree Farms (organic) – I really like Big Tree Farms’ mission geared towards sustainability. Their unique version of coconut water is powdered and comes in packets that travel easily. So, there is no pasteurization involved, you just add water to reconstitute it. However, the process they use to evaporate the water uses heat, so it is not considered raw and some of the nutrients may be destroyed in the process.

Taste Nirvana (organic) – No concentrates or additives in this brand, and their young coconuts are sustainably grown, harvested and organic (though not labeled as such). I really like how it’s packaged in glass bottles. They are the only company that told me they use a “steam sterilization” process which is a combination of steam and pressure.

Amy & Brian (organic) – Other than the fact that they flash pasteurize the water, all other aspects are good – no additives, no added sugars, no concentrates. They also told me that their young coconuts are not treated with any chemicals or pesticides. I have to admit though, I’m not a fan of the cans they are in, even if they are BPA-free.

Harvest Bay (some varieties are certified organic) – They flash pasteurize their water for about 2 seconds at 120 degrees, and it’s not from concentrate. Some of their waters are now organic, and they are all non-GMO project verified. Although they add no sugars or additives to their plain version, most flavored varieties contain added sugar or natural flavors, so I’d avoid those.

Whole Foods 365 – They confirmed they don’t use a concentrate, however they heat pasteurize their water which comes “from around the world depending on availability”. Their water is also packaged in cans, which I don’t like!

Trader Joe’s – Their water is not from concentrate, but it is pasteurized. I have yet to hear back from them in regards to how they pasteurize their water (whether they use flash or ultra processing). They fortify their water with added vitamin C, which is a red flag that it has been heavily processed.

My top picks for packaged coconut water:

***This chart contains examples of the coconut waters we researched, however, there are many more available on the market or may be available in your neck of the woods. Please use this post as a guide to find the best coconut water in your area.***

While the best coconut water is straight from a young coconut picked from a tree, these packaged waters below are as close to the real thing as you can get. They don’t use any heat processing or concentrates, so they aren’t cooking your coconut water. Some of them use HPP to kill bacteria, and a couple of these brands serve it up completely raw and unpasteurized.

Harmless Harvest (organic) – I’ve written about this brand before, and it’s no secret that they are my favorite. I had the pleasure of meeting with the founders of Harmless Harvest and I’m blown away with how open and honest they are about everything. They’ve become a success not because of marketing, but because of their good practices. In fact, they hardly spend any money on marketing at all (and bloggers are not compensated either). They source their young coconuts from small organic agroforestry farms that pay a fair wage to their workers. The coconuts are then frozen and shipped to the U.S. for packaging, after which they use HPP processing to kill bacteria and extend the shelf life to 60 days. Because it’s so minimally processed, some of the waters turn pink when the naturally occurring antioxidants or phenols are exposed to light – and you won’t find this in pasteurized coconut water. You can find this at Whole Foods and most natural food stores in the refrigerator section.

Juice Press (organic) – This water is totally raw. It’s not pasteurized or processed with HPP. Their coconuts are shipped frozen to the store and then they ship it fresh to you with a 3 or 4 day shelf life.

Exotic Superfoods (organic) – Another fave, this water is 100% organic and raw. It is not processed with any heat or HPP – but it’s kept frozen to preserve freshness.

Liquitera (organic) – This bottled raw coconut water is also organic, without any pasteurization. It’s only available at their stores in New York.

Vital Juice (organic) – It’s never heated or frozen, and it’s preserved with HPP, 100% organic and non-GMO project verified. It is currently only available at stores in Washington and Oregon with plans of expansion, and you can also order it online on Amazon.

Unoco (wild coconut) – Made from wild coconuts (not from a plantation) and processed with HPP without any additives. It’s only available in California right now.

Suja (organic) – Suja makes a coconut water blend, Tropicaloe, which is made from freeze-dried coconut water mixed with pineapple, apple, aloe, lime, mint and spinach juices, all preserved with HPP. This juice is exclusively sold at Whole Foods stores.

Keep in mind that while I think coconut water is amazing, I don’t drink it every day, I use it as a treat or on days I am very active and sweat hard!

Best Coconut Waters

Updated 9.23.19 – added Maui & Son’s. Full change list at bottom.

What are the best coconut waters? Judging by the amount of shelf space devoted to them in grocery stores, coconut water is a popular item. Not being a huge fan of the fruit, I had never tried it until it was recommended to me by several doctors. They extolled the virtues: low in calories (the average is 55 per serving), lots of electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, no fat, no cholesterol and an easy way to hydrate. I decided to give it a try, and picked up a carton at Trader Joe’s. It was terrible; I nearly spit it out. It was weeks until I gave another brand a try. The second, Amy & Brian’s was much more pleasant and easy to drink, which led me to investigate the wide variety of brands available.

Some of their websites promise all kinds of miracles. For example, CocoFresh claims to “help with rashes, kill intestinal worms, check urinary infections, is a tonic for senior citizens & sick people, cure malnourishment, treat kidney & urethral stones and eliminate poisons”. Another “increases semen, promotes digestion, and is a “proven pitta-pacifier” with a pranaropana-life-restoring-capacity”. Huh?

Over the last six months, I have tried many brands and have found a huge variation in taste. Some were too sweet, some bitingly acidic, others tasted like a chemical brew, and a few had little flavor at all. It occurred to me that it would be worth the time to do a taste test: What are the best coconut waters?

I held tastings over four nights with 17 intrepid friends, rating 18 brands in a blind tasting (additional brands were added in later tastings). Here are the results, with the top brands listed from lowest score to highest.

One issue that gave us fits – inconsistency. At first, I thought I was losing my mind when I did tastings with the second and third groups – ratings were very different than the first group. After buying samples of the same water over three months, it became clear that aside from the big name brands such as O.N.E or Naked, the overall taste varied considerably from batch to batch. The smallest, least processed waters such as Harmless Harvest had a wide variation in taste, with two groups calling it the best, and two groups the worst. This is the reason you’ll see divergent comments in the ratings, but in the end, enough people participated in the tasting with samples from different sources so that the averages worked out. I discussed the issue with a couple of juice company representatives, and was told that “much like wine, the flavor of each coconut varies, especially from season to season and the age of the coconut”. Apparently, young coconuts are best for water whereas older once are best for industrial uses. In addition, some brands add “natural flavors” or sugar to ensure consistency between batches. Therefore, these ratings are subjective, based on the taster’s preferences, and the particular batch of water. I did go out of my way to buy one of each brand from three different stores.

One trend over the years since this report was first published is the rise of more “artisanal” coconut waters. For instance Trader Joe’s cheapest coconut water is rated dead last, but their refrigerated version earns a much more respectable 8th place. Vita Coco and Coco Community are the same company, but rate 15 and 1 respectively. Also, prices on coconut waters go up and down like the stock market. If you check different stores, you can find a price difference of $1 per can within the same brand. For this reason, though I update the prices regularly, you may find differences. One thing I did highlight is whether they have been pasteurized as this is thought to make a difference in nutritional value. We’ve changed our list of best coconut waters – the “Not recommended and “Fair” are no longer ranked by order of preference. There were so many similarly bad waters it was becoming tedious to rank them.

Not recommended:

Blue Monkey: Metal can, non-organic, no additives, flash pasteurized., $.12 per ounce. Philippines. BPA free.

On a June 2019 trip to the bay area, I picked up a new version in a fancy blue bottle. It had a good toasted coconut flavor but was overly sweet. Between the bottle and the French writing on it, It feels like a gimmick. The rating remains the same.

  • Comments: “Lingering chemical aftertaste”. “Overpowering chemical aroma”, “Heavy”, “Dull”, “Way too sweet!”, “Metallic”.

CocoCoast: Metal can, organic, 100% “green coconuts”. We found this at Providore Fine Foods, a local, upscale grocery store. They ususally carry top-notch products, and even though it was $3.39 a can, we bought two based on Providore’s reputation.

  • Comments: “Sugar, sugar, sugar!”, “OMG, this is one of the worst ones you’ve made us taste”, “has a metallic finish”, “I grew up in the Philipines and this is nothing like I grew up with”, “Too sweet!”.

Coco Libre: Paper container, water and organic coconut concentrate and “natural flavors,” flash pasteurized. $.22 per ounce.

  • Comments: “Salty”, “Awful x 3”, “Heavy”, “tastes like something dairy”, “You need a spit cup”.

Nature Factor: Metal can, organic, no additives, high-temp pasteurized. $.20 per ounce.

  • Comments: “If this was representative of the others, coconut water would have no future”. “Smells like a pond”. “Woody”, “Too sweet”
  • Comments: “Oddly salty”, “Bland x 5”, “Simple”, “Not too sweet”, “Off taste”, “Foul”, “Oh hell no!”, “Chemical taste”.

Refreshe: Paper container, non-organic, vitamin C added, flash pasteurized., .$13 per ounce.

  • Comments: “Could hardly get down”, “Caramel”, “Too sweet – x 12”, “Tastes like cherry Koolaid”, “Awful”, “Unpleasant smell” – Safeway brand.

Tasco Young Coconut Juice – Metal can, includes sugar, preservatives. Flash Pasteurized.

  • Comments: “Ugh – tastes like chemicals” “Too damn sweet”. This water cost us only $1.19 at an Asian market, making it one of the lowest priced, but I would never buy it again.

Taste Nirvana Young Coconut Juice: Glass container, non-organic. Cane sugar, sodium metabisulfite added.

  • Comments: I didn’t even bother to put this before the group. I’m sure I speak for all of them when I say this was the worst we’ve ever tasted. To be fair, they call this “juice”, not water, but it looks and is labeled much like their regular coconut water. The clear glass bottle is rather pretty with long strips of coconut floating in it, but that is where the good ends. It’s like drinking a mouthful of brown sugar – almost to the point of being syrupy. It also contains 5 grams of saturated fat and 10 grams of sugar in 9.5oz. Most coconut waters have 0 fat and 100 calories in a 16.2oz container. I’m not a fan of sweet drinks to start with, but I couldn’t finish the bottle. Don’t confuse this with Taste Nirvana Real Coconut Water which is currently at #2 on this list.

Trader Joe’s Pure Coconut Water: Paper container, non-organic, vitamin C added, flash pasteurized. $.25 per ounce.

  • Comments: The judging was universal – it was the worst of the entire group. We found it acrid and bitter, yet watery. I couldn’t drink the leftover water and ended up pouring it out. This is the non-refrigerated version.

Trader Joe’s Organic King Coconut Water – Cardboard container with an attached straw. USDA Organic, not from concentrate. Sri Lanka. $.16 oz. We were not impressed by yet another version of coconut water from Trader Joe’s.

  • Comments: “Watery”, “lacks body”, “tastes cheap”, “there are coconuts in this?”, “I wouldn’t pay for this”.

Fair:

365 Whole Foods: Metal can, non-organic, no additives, flash pasteurized, $.11 per ounce.

  • Comments: “Middle of the road”, “Easy drinking”, “Drinkable”, “Pleasant”.

C20: Metal can, non-organic, no additives, high-temp pasteurized, $.17 per ounce.

Cadia All Natural: Metal can, no added ingredients. Flash Pasteurized. Thailand. Updated 2.19

  • Comments: “Ugh… nasty”, “Astringent”, “No body”, “Lousy aftertaste”, “Off taste”. “Not refreshing”. “Way down my list”, “Throw the rest out”.

CoCo Fresh: Metal container, non-organic, no additives, $.22 per ounce.

  • Comments: “not a hint of taste”, “Not much fragrance”, “Icky”, “Unremarkable”, “Smooth, but so is water”, “Bland”.

Columbia Gorge Organic – Plastic container, organic, no additives, cold pressed, distributed refrigerated. Thailand. .27 per ounce. Information is sparse – not much on the web and CGO’s website is terribly outdated and not mobile friendly. I generally like CGO products but wasn’t impressed with this one. But the taste is what you are here for:

  • Comments: “Wow, I thought this would be better; it’s so bland”. “No depth… a very flat taste”, “The mouthfeel is a little off”, “$4! – It’s not worth it”.

Festival Coconut Water: this brand has suddenly appeared in most major stores as well as online. The price is right – currently about $1.20 per 16.2 fl oz. 100% organic. Metal can. Thailand.

  • Comments: I haven’t run it by the full panel yet (we get together every six months), but here are my comments: Nutty, a bit too sweet, slight chemical aftertaste that turns me off a bit on the finish. Unremarkable overall.

Foco: Cardboard container. From Thailand. Not listed as organic. No added sugar/preservatives. Various sizes. About .10 per fl oz.

  • Comments: “Bland”, ” Watery”, “Not offensive but not particularly good”, It lacking something to make it stand out from the pack”, “Ok for the price, but not particularly enjoyable”.

Full Circle Market: Cardboard container. Contains ascorbic acid. Not organic. Origin not clear. $.10 per fl oz.

  • Comments: The vitamin C which is added as a preservative is not nearly as overwhelming as other brands which use it. “Light, easy drinking”, “fairly refreshing beverage”, “Innocuous”, “Middle of the road”, “nothing to write home about, but okay”.

Harvest Bay: an 8.45 oz. cardboard container with a “sippy straw”. Thailand. $.21 cents per ounce.

  • Comments: “Tastes off.”, “Chemical tones”, “Flat”, “No, I wouldn’t buy this”, “Near the bottom of my list”, “Doesn’t taste much like anything”.

Naked: Paper container, non-organic, added fruit sugar, flash pasteurized, $.15 per ounce. Flash Pasteurized. Added sugar. Owned by Pepsi. USDA Certified Organic. According to news reports they have had a class action lawsuit for using GMOs and deceptive labeling.

  • Comments: “Bland”. “Tastes like plastic”, “Nothing special”, “Tastes off”.

Wild Harvest: 100% coconut water, no artificial colors/flavors, no preservatives. “Micro filtered”. 8oz can. $.10 per fl oz. This is a recent entry that is showing up everywhere.

  • Comments: “Innocuous”, “Bland”, “Not unpleasant”, “Would do in a pinch”, “Price is right”, “Slight off taste”.
  • Comments: “Ok”, “Unremarkable”, “Bland”, “Middle of the pack”, “Grassy”, “Simple”, “Gummy taste”, “revolting”, “Tastes like plastic”.

Good:

11. Amy & Brian’s: Metal container, organic, no additives, flash pasteurized. $.17 cents per ounce. No GMO’s, no preservatives. When Re-tasted 2.19 the tasters weren’t as impressed because of high sweetness – interesting as there are no added ingredients.

  • Comments: “Watery”, “Bland”, “Too sweet”, “Wow – too sweet!”, “Mellow”, “Brown sugar”, “Better than most”, “Could do in a pinch”.

10. Kroger brand – Simple Truth: cardboard container, organic, no additives. Philipines. This was so similar to Thirsty Buddha (below) that we think it may be the same company. At $.89 it’s a good buy.

  • Comments: “Easy drinking”, “Refreshing”, “Another bland one”, “Slightly astringent”, “Smooth”, “Would work in a pinch”.
  • Comments: “A bit watery”, “Bland but refreshing”, “light”, “Smooth”, “Not much body”, “Not much character”, “Slightly astringent”.
  • Comments: “Actually tastes like coconuts”, “Not as sweet as the others”, “Refreshing”. “Expensive for Trader Joe’s”

8. Maui & Sons: Cardboard container. Product of Vietnam (seems a bit deceptive to have Maui prominently in the name). 100% coconut water – not organic, but no preservatives. $2.99 for 1 liter, so about $.08 oz. I’m getting some surprising waters as friends have started sending them to me. This, from Home Goods was a surprise for all of us.

  • Comments: “Very easy drinking”, “Not a lot of character and no toasty notes, but refreshing nontheless”. “Not too sweet”, “I could drink this on a regular basis – especially as coconut water cost keeps rising”, “I’m surprised how easy this goes down”.

7. Obrigado: cardboard container. No additives/sugar. Water is processed without exposure to light or air, which is supposed to make it better.

  • We were surprised it didn’t place higher on this list, but the two samples we bought had a slightly off taste, with hard edges. Comments were all over the place: “Tastes more like home than most”, “a bit one dimensional but still good”, “doesn’t taste very coconutty”.

6. Zola: Metal container, non-organic, <1% sugar, $.13 per ounce.

  • Comments: “Too sweet”, “Very toasty”, “Good coconut flavor”, “I actually could drink this daily”, “Complex”, “Layered”, “Like toasted almonds”, “Refreshing”, “Best of the bunch”

Best Choices:

5. Purity Organic: Paper container, organic, water/coconut concentrate, flash pasteurized, $.17 per ounce.

  • Comments: “A bit syrupy, but very nice taste”, “Refreshing x 4”, “Quenching”, “Crisp”, “Nice finish”, “A little too sweet”.

4. Original Villager Natural Coconut Water: Paper container. No added ingredients. Certified USDA Organic. 33.8 oz. The Philippines $.15 oz

  • We received this directly from the manufacturer. As of now, it is only available in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Comments: “Crisp”, “Refreshing”, “Better than I expected”, “Nice toasty flavor”, “No off processing tastes”, “Not too sweet”.

3. Harmless Harvest Coconut Water: never heated, sold in cold case. Plastic container, organic, no additives, cold high-pressure processed. $.32 per ounce. From Thailand. This water varies from an almost clear color to very pink, which they claim is from the antioxidants interacting with light. Note: This was number 16 during out test in 2015. Multiple tastings showed it seemed to vary widely from batch to batch. Though the company used to call their product “raw”, they have discontinued the phrase due to issues with the FDA. In 2016 the company was sued by a group claiming they were not really using organic coconuts, which they settled but denied any wrongdoing.

  • 2015: “Excellent”, “bright”, “toasty flavor” – our number 2 pick.
  • 2016: “Unpleasant aftertaste”, “No! No!”, “Horrible”, “Too sweet”, “Toasty coconut, but a bit much”, “Nutty”, “Tastes very green (not in a good way)” – our 16th pick.
  • 2017: “fresh”, “balanced”, toasted coconut” – 3rd place.
  • 2018: nice full body, but way too sweet.
  • 2019: much more similar from bottle to bottle than it used to be. However, after being given a case of this and drinking some every day, I found it rather heavy, something I hadn’t noticed before. Over time I got tired of that heaviness.

You can see why had trouble rating Harmless Harvest. Because of these differences from year to year, we feel this brand varies greatly between batches and is difficult to rate. Your experience may vary. Tip: you can get this at Costco in boxes of six (larger size) for <$13. It hides in the refrigerated foods area.

  • Comments: “Would be great over ice”, “Toasty coconut”, “Nutty”, “Pleasant, smooth and balanced”, “Smooth”, “Nice mouthfeel and body”. Retested in 2019, it kept the same placement on this list, though we felt it lacked body.

1. Coco Community Organic Coconut water: Plastic container. From Thailand. Fair Trade, organic, no GMO. This coconut water is made by the same company behind Vita Coco, also on this list. That is where the similarities end. The coconut water is processed with the high-pressure process like Harmless Harvest and shipped cold.

There was quite a bit of debate as to the placement of Coco Community in the rankings. All agreed it was in the top three. In the end, the similarity between two different lots pushed it to the number one spot, as Harmless Harvest tends to vary quite a bit. Taste Nirvana drops one place, but still does well because of the taste/price ratio – it’s possible to find it for $2 a can, whereas Harmless Harvest and Coco Community cost much more. I haven’t been able to find this water in Portland, but it is available in the California Bay Area.

  • Comments: “Very refreshing with nice toasty flavors”, “Salty and sweet”, “Great balance”, “Odd finish with a syrupy sweet note”. “Best we’ve tasted”.

*HPP – Cold water high-pressure processing supposedly preserves the largest amount of taste, nutrients, etc. In 2015 the FDA banned products using this method from sale in the United States. This ban has now been lifted.

Update history:

Updated 9/19 – added Full Circle Market, Foco, Blue Monkey bottled, CocoCoast, Maui & Sons. Revamped listings format.

Updated 5/19 – Added Festival Coconut Water

Updated 4/19 – added Wild Harvest, Thirsty Buddha, Kroger Simple Truth. Retasted Amy & Brian’s, Taste Nirvana, C20 and Cadia waters.

Updated 12/18 – prices and a few comments

Updated 2/18 – added Original Villager, Trader Joe’s King Coconut Water, update prices.

Updated 11/17 – added Columbia Gorge, Harvest Bay, restest Harmless Harvest, Coco Community, Obrigado]

Updated 7/17 – Zico has a new formula. Updated 4/17 – Taste Nirvana changed the label, so we retested and found it the same. Also retested Harmless Harvest and found it better – it moved from #16 to #2, but it proves our point that it tends to vary widely from bottle to bottle. We moved it up with a comment.

Updated 9/16 – added Tasco. Updated 2/16 – added Cadia. Updated 10/15 – downgraded Zola due to a noticeable slip in quality]

Things to Consider Before Buying Coconut Water

Coconut water has been a staple of tropical diets for centuries and has also been used in Ayurvedic medicine and other traditional medicines. Coconut water in the US is usually flash or UHT pasteurized or processed using high pressure processing (HPP) as there are very few raw (unpasteurized) sources available. Coconut water which is raw or unpasteurized must be kept refrigerated and its shelf life is limited.

Coconut water will usually have a nutty and sweet taste. It can be drunk as it is, used in smoothies, popsicles, cocktails, sauces, puddings, curries, cakes, salad dressings and so much more.

The Difference Between Coconut Water and Coconut Milk

Coconut water is the clear liquid from the coconut, while coconut milk is fresh coconut meat mixed with coconut water. Coconut water is extracted from young green coconuts, when at around nine months old they are just filled with water. As the coconut ages, the water transforms into the white coconut flesh which is then grated or pressed to make the creamed coconut, milk or oil.

Coconut Water Nutrition

An unflavored and no added sugar coconut water is low calorie, containing between 45 and 60 calories per 8 fl. oz serving. It is also lower sugar and its 9 grams of carbs are easily digestible. This makes pure coconut water healthier than many sports drinks, sodas and even some fruit juices.

An 8 fl. oz serving of coconut water will also contain around 3 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein and 10% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Coconut water is also a source of several amino acids – some of which are in greater quantity than in cow’s milk and it is an especially rich source of arginine, the amino acid that helps the body respond to physical stress.

Coconut water also contains natural electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and magnesium, although the levels of these vary as a coconut matures.

Coconut waters which are flavored or contain added sugars should be treated more carefully than pure coconut water as their sugar, fat and even sodium content can be dramatically increased. Sticking to a pure coconut water is usually always the healthiest way to enjoy coconut water.

Coconut Water for Active Lifestyles

Adequate potassium intake is vital for electrolyte and fluid balance in our bodies, especially during exercise. Having enough potassium in the body can also help prevent against cramps. Although potassium is in foods such as bananas, melon, grapefruit, oranges and spinach, an unbalanced diet can mean a lower intake of this important mineral.

Because of its higher potassium levels – around ten times as much as some sports drinks – coconut water can help the body to stay hydrated during exercise and may possibly hydrate the body better than water and equal to sports drinks after exercise. Another study found that coconut water could cause more stomach upset and bloating though.

Although coconut water only contains a smaller amount of magnesium, the magnesium is needed in the body to help shift potassium and calcium into muscle tissue to help with muscle contraction and relaxation. Magnesium also plays a vital role in organ function and energy production.

Possible Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Some early research in animals has found that the antioxidants in coconut water can modify free radicals, or reduce levels of oxidative stress in the body. Free radical damage is linked to many disorders including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

In one animal study, diabetic animals were able to maintain better blood sugar levels when they were given coconut water when compared to those animals (the control group) not fed coconut water. There have been some other small studies in the laboratory which have shown promising results for helping improve blood sugar levels and other markers in animals with diabetes. As of yet, none of these have been carried out in humans.

Giving coconut water to people who had high blood pressure was able to improve systolic blood pressure in 71% of the study group. The potassium in coconut water is probably the main contributor to this as potassium can lower blood pressure in those who have normal or higher blood pressure. This also means if you actually have low blood pressure you should take care drinking coconut water as it can lower your blood pressure even more – you are best checking with your healthcare provider first.

Animals who were given higher quantities of coconut water also had lower levels of blood cholesterol, triglycerides and liver fat – the reductions were similar to the effects of a statin drug.

Safety of Coconut Water

Coconut water is listed as being likely safe for most adults when consumed as a drink. It can cause bloating or stomach upset in a small number of people. Drinking high quantities of coconut water could cause blood potassium levels to become too high which may lead to an irregular heartbeat and/or kidney problems.

Those with high blood potassium levels should avoid coconut water, as should those with cystic fibrosis. If you have kidney problems you should check whether it is safe for you to drink coconut water and if you are due to undergo surgery, you may need to stop drinking coconut water at least two weeks before the procedure as it could affect blood pressure control during or after the surgery.

Conclusion

Early research into the benefits of coconut water is promising. Although most of the research has taken place in the laboratory, findings have shown its potential in diabetes and heart health. It may also be useful for hydration during exercise. Currently there are no limits set on how much coconut water we should drink in a day, but it is worth remembering that it is not calorie free and it does contain sugars, fat and sodium – especially if it is not a 100% pure coconut water.

Enjoyed as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, coconut water may just support our well-being and it may just be all that it is cracked up to be. We trust that you have enjoyed our best coconut water brand review and that you feel confident in selecting the right coconut water for your tastes – whether to enjoy after your early morning run or in a tasty coconut and berry smoothie.