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Is coconut water worth the splurge?

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., July 27, 2012 - 9:43am

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Brierley asks: Do you drink coconut water? If so, which one is your favorite?


My favorite is Naked. I love the taste, but my main reason for selecting it over any other is that it's Fair Trade Certified! I drink the 1 liter size.


09/17/2014 - 3:25pm

I don't really have a favorite coconut water, but I do like it. I would not drink it if I did not think there was nutrition in it. To that extent, I wonder if coconut water really has so much potassium in it as it says on some labels? I've seen numbers ranging from 360 to over 500 milligrams for potassium, and potassium is something it is hard to find supplements for and that the recommended daily amount is close to 5 grams. So coconut water is a good source if the potassium numbers are right, and also if there is not too much sugar or calories, and also not too much sodium as well.

So, this article to me would be better if it did some real investigation of coconut water and what is in it rather than what it tastes like. Coke tastes great, but it will kill you sooner or later along with all that sugary diabetes-inducing crap, so maybe we ought focus on more important things - or at least discuss them once in a while.


05/17/2014 - 12:07pm

Love the stuff and just buy whichever one is cheapest at the time(not SoBe though). I Think another benefit that is overlooked here is the alkalizing properties of fresh coconut(and all) juice , in general. Sport's drinks and even water tend to be somewhat acidic. Alkalizing the body, as I understand, is a way to help prevent disease...


10/27/2013 - 9:56pm

I usually drink VitaCoco. I like it because it is natural unlike Sports drinks. I prefer water though....


07/29/2013 - 4:45pm

I love coconut water for its refreshing taste and hydrating properties, especially the high amount of potassium which is great for good heart health :)


06/25/2013 - 6:39pm

Thank you so much for this post. I thought it was as healthy as water. Now, I am 100% certain that nothing beats water when it comes to losing weight. :)


12/09/2012 - 10:43pm

We prefer the coconut juices containing pulp; we think the flavor is better and we enjoy munching on the little bits of coconut. Neither of our favorite brands are on your list, which are "Real" and "Amy & Brian's", and we wonder what the nutritional info is on them. Is there added sugar?


08/18/2012 - 3:39pm

I like the Zico Chocolate. Served cold it satisfies my thirist and it tast good. I'm a chocolate lover.


08/16/2012 - 4:53pm

I like the coconut water in the cans, the ones in the tetra pak I think taste like plastic.
Blue monkey is my favorite


08/14/2012 - 9:50am

I drink VitaCoco and One. Plain no flavoring added. I love them because they are just the juice out of the coconut. No water added, no sugar added. I don't like the sweetened ones and come in cans.
Anyway, I drink a lot of water. I drink the coconut water for my health. My skin, my chronic pain and to keep my intestines clean of parasites. (I've gotten 2 parasites from drinking water.) Normally I don't drink tap water as it makes me vomit. However, I used to make tea from it. Instant tea. It changed the flavor of the water, & I wouldn't vomit. Then I had pains in my stomach for months. The doctor did a blood test and discovered a parasite.
Coconut water has been said to kill parasites. I only drink filtered water as well. Coconut water tastes good and it does give me the nutrients and electrolytes I need for that pick me up kind of feeling. I know when my energy starts sapping away, I chug some coconut water and I start feeling better. I love it.


08/11/2012 - 11:55pm

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