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What is the best coconut water product on the market?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 24, 2010 at 9:16 PM

Criteria: Serving Size / Macronutrient Amounts / Higher Fat / Lower Sugar / Avg Price

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 10, 2013
at 09:47 PM

if you can find organic mature coconuts with a lot of water in them, the water is a bit less sweet but still pretty sweet. its very refreshing tasting. I find that conventional coconuts taste stall no matter what age they are....

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on March 20, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Just discovered Taste Nirvana. Im hooked.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:30 PM

I buy it from Vitacost when I get my supplements, and they are less than $2 a bottle. I don't drink them A LOT, so it's no more expensive than a Red Bull or whateverhaveyou.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Oh, Zico is the WORST. All I can taste is plastic bottle!

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Coconut water contains all of the electrolytes found in human blood. To compare gatorade only has 2 and a ton of sugar. In third world countries they use it for IV fluid. It prevents hangovers from a heavy night of drinking and cleanses the blood. The sugar is found in the meat of the young coconut, so if you don't eat the meat it wont have as much sugar. Some brands add sugar to it also.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I buy the young coconuts from the Asian Market same brand as whole foods and they sell them for $1 each. They are a bit of a pain to open though. If you are going to compost them you need to chop them up so they compost faster.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 20, 2012
at 05:51 PM

no, the liquid in a brown hairy coconut is not like the young coconut liquid - at least to me. I find it tastes almost slightly fermented. Nothing compares to a young coconut- at the Wholefoods near me, you can get a whole young coconut in the produce (refrigerated section) which has the top topped off to expose the soft flesh. You can jam a straw into the coconut, drink the water and then crack it open to eat the soft, delicious flesh. I believe they charge $3.99 for this- best treat ever!!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 20, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Taste Nirvana is the best.

98f08fb9029005e02cf07ddeb24d03de

(0)

on July 02, 2011
at 05:05 PM

are tetra packs totally safe? was told that aluminum film is in contact w/contents[alzheimers-aluminum link].

98f08fb9029005e02cf07ddeb24d03de

(0)

on July 02, 2011
at 05:02 PM

is that liquid as sweet as in young coconuts? where's best place 2 buy them[&young cocos.too--for friend recovering from stomach surgery]? must take long time to compost--& young cocos are dipped in anti-fungal+? solution. but that supposedly doesn't enter the contents. i find adding cinnamon to sweeter drinks seems to feel much better.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I'm referring to the regular brown coconuts that you have to crack into with a hammer. There is usually about 1-2 cups of liquid in them.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:10 PM

...but maybe that's what you meant. anyway, i disagree. i like them both.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:35 PM

you're talking about a totally different thing here. coconut water is the water/juice inside a young coconut. coconut milk is the meat (sans juice) of a mature coconut, made into "milk". --- two separate, utterly different foods.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:34 PM

you're talking about a totally different thing here. coconut water is the water/juice in a young coconut. coconut milk is the meat (no juice) of a mature coconut made into "milk". --- two separate, utterly different foods.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:28 PM

we're talking young coconuts here, right? it takes you 4 days to eat the goo?

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:12 PM

It's all about the potassium for me. I have very few sources in my diet (meat, dairy fat, vegetables, starches mostly)

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Scratch that- just went and grabbed an empty can. It says nowhere on the can that it is BPA free, which is my only beef with this brand and the reason I only buy it occassionally.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Is this the brand that has the version WITH the pulp?

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:08 PM

From the coconut of course ;)

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:07 PM

ANd then it's raw in all it's glory!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 29, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I don't think a "quick hit of sugar" is a good thing. I used to like Vita Coco until I realized it has 11g of sugar in 8oz, which is equivalent to 3 tsp. That is probably more sugar than I eat in a week otherwise. Since it is "100% coconut water", I'm not clear on where the sugar is coming from.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Coconut water is indeed expensive. No more than, actually less than other energy drinks though

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:56 AM

Aren't they all the same, or at least very similar, for macro and micro nutrients? I do Zico but i'll grab whatever is on sale. Its only pre and post WO fuel for me.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:55 AM

tasty, easy quick hit of sugar. potash, too, yeah.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 24, 2010
at 11:58 PM

Tasty and has tons of potassium

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18 Answers

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 24, 2010
at 09:45 PM

I prefer the freshness and taste of coconut water in young thai coconuts rather than boxes. You also get extra fat in the jelly inside. If you ferment the water with water kefir grains you can lower the sugar to negligible amounts.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:07 PM

ANd then it's raw in all it's glory!

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I'm a huge coconut water fan. Here's my rankings.

  • The real thing from a young coconut: 10/10
  • Taste Nirvana: 9.5/10 - fantastic and flavorful
  • Amy and Brian's: 8.5/10 - sweetest brand. their lime one is also good
  • Vita Coco: 7/10
  • O.N.E.: 6/10
  • Naked: 5/10 - least sweet
  • Zico: 4/10 - sometimes tastes...funky

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:28 PM

Oh, Zico is the WORST. All I can taste is plastic bottle!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on March 20, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Taste Nirvana is the best.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on March 20, 2012
at 11:34 PM

Just discovered Taste Nirvana. Im hooked.

3
Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:41 PM

I have to say that I think paying $3.00 or more for a little cardboard box or aluminum can of coconut water no longer appeals to me. If I drink coconut water, it is from a coconut that I paid $1 for. Then, I can compost the shell and eat the inner "container" (i.e. nut) for the next 3-4 days.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:39 PM

I'm referring to the regular brown coconuts that you have to crack into with a hammer. There is usually about 1-2 cups of liquid in them.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 29, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Coconut water is indeed expensive. No more than, actually less than other energy drinks though

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:28 PM

we're talking young coconuts here, right? it takes you 4 days to eat the goo?

98f08fb9029005e02cf07ddeb24d03de

(0)

on July 02, 2011
at 05:02 PM

is that liquid as sweet as in young coconuts? where's best place 2 buy them[&young cocos.too--for friend recovering from stomach surgery]? must take long time to compost--& young cocos are dipped in anti-fungal+? solution. but that supposedly doesn't enter the contents. i find adding cinnamon to sweeter drinks seems to feel much better.

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I buy the young coconuts from the Asian Market same brand as whole foods and they sell them for $1 each. They are a bit of a pain to open though. If you are going to compost them you need to chop them up so they compost faster.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:30 PM

I buy it from Vitacost when I get my supplements, and they are less than $2 a bottle. I don't drink them A LOT, so it's no more expensive than a Red Bull or whateverhaveyou.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on March 20, 2012
at 05:51 PM

no, the liquid in a brown hairy coconut is not like the young coconut liquid - at least to me. I find it tastes almost slightly fermented. Nothing compares to a young coconut- at the Wholefoods near me, you can get a whole young coconut in the produce (refrigerated section) which has the top topped off to expose the soft flesh. You can jam a straw into the coconut, drink the water and then crack it open to eat the soft, delicious flesh. I believe they charge $3.99 for this- best treat ever!!

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 10, 2013
at 09:47 PM

if you can find organic mature coconuts with a lot of water in them, the water is a bit less sweet but still pretty sweet. its very refreshing tasting. I find that conventional coconuts taste stall no matter what age they are....

2
Cc93847bfa820f0f2da654060b401fa5

(746)

on June 29, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Amy and Brian's in the metal cans. IMO the aluminum cans have an aftertaste. Juice only, no added crap. A bunch of the other brands are being snatched up by the big boys. A&B seem to be a proud little company. Amazon has the best pricing I've seen.

2
8b8272191277eafed53a44f28273e5f7

(188)

on February 24, 2010
at 09:48 PM

The best, I can't say. But I've tried a number and my fave cocount water is O.N.E.

1
7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

on June 29, 2011
at 05:50 PM

Another vote for Amy and Brian's Coconut Juice. Tasty AND the cans are BPA free. -Ryan Wilder

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Scratch that- just went and grabbed an empty can. It says nowhere on the can that it is BPA free, which is my only beef with this brand and the reason I only buy it occassionally.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Is this the brand that has the version WITH the pulp?

1
F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on February 24, 2010
at 11:49 PM

What's the point of inbibing coconut water? Is it very nutritious?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 24, 2010
at 11:58 PM

Tasty and has tons of potassium

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:55 AM

tasty, easy quick hit of sugar. potash, too, yeah.

23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:08 PM

From the coconut of course ;)

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 29, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I don't think a "quick hit of sugar" is a good thing. I used to like Vita Coco until I realized it has 11g of sugar in 8oz, which is equivalent to 3 tsp. That is probably more sugar than I eat in a week otherwise. Since it is "100% coconut water", I'm not clear on where the sugar is coming from.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:12 PM

It's all about the potassium for me. I have very few sources in my diet (meat, dairy fat, vegetables, starches mostly)

Fc64db6a555559762432d503a1dbad19

(1478)

on March 20, 2012
at 06:19 PM

Coconut water contains all of the electrolytes found in human blood. To compare gatorade only has 2 and a ton of sugar. In third world countries they use it for IV fluid. It prevents hangovers from a heavy night of drinking and cleanses the blood. The sugar is found in the meat of the young coconut, so if you don't eat the meat it wont have as much sugar. Some brands add sugar to it also.

0
52058265ab4ac939f1a2c6134e94fcf4

on April 10, 2013
at 09:19 PM

  1. the Real thing a young coconut from the tree.
  2. 100% raw coconut water by Harmless Harvest. If you have not tried this one, then you owe to yourself to do so. A little bit pricey but you get 16 Oz, rather than the 11 oz you normally get with the other kinds.

0
6ddb22a034e1a4e3a96d9f1907bb37e2

(302)

on March 21, 2012
at 03:47 AM

http://www.harmlessharvest.com/

That's the one guys...

I am from the tropics and yes real coconuts are the best, however, if you are in the states it's been soaked formaldehyde, no joke. The one above is organic, raw and in BPA free plastic which is not the best but sure beats a can. Check it out. It's pricey but closest to real deal.

0
363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

(4642)

on March 20, 2012
at 05:32 PM

I order the raw organic frozen coconut water from Exotic Superfoods. They do local delivery to the NYC area and also ship nationwide. It is just like cracking open a fresh coconut. It is also shipped nationwide and they have recently been distributing to places like Whole Foods. It isn't cheap, but I love it. It is so viscous and satisfying. If you can't afford a whole case, try to find it in a local store. It is so good without having to crack open green coconuts.

0
C66d77ccb2c8cdaacb1147de808555d6

on March 20, 2012
at 04:30 PM

found a UK brand which is awesome - Chi, which is 100% pure and comes in tetra pak cartons. best tasting i have had, no aftertaste, no artificial taste - just does what it says!

0
5306c4c038c524dae2de536377c9a4a2

on June 30, 2011
at 04:03 AM

I drink one fresh King Coconut everyday. Super Cooling! for hot weather.

http://reelandgrill.blogspot.com/2009/09/king-coconut-thambili.html

0
D9969bdc43d05ea427bb80174edd7837

(105)

on June 30, 2011
at 02:38 AM

I drink, on average, 20 ounces of cocunut water a day. upwards to 65 ounces on days I am working out in the heat a lot. I ussually get the cheapest per unit of volume i can find that has no added sugar. LOVE the high potassium.

The brands I drink are, lately, Zico and Vita Coco as they are the cheapest per unit volume around here.

0
Medium avatar

on June 29, 2011
at 10:58 PM

I prefer it from the coconut too and it's not pasteurized either straight from the coconut but I was having hard time getting a coconut where the water hadn't gone bad and the coconut costs more than a dollar and you don't get as much water. Sometimes I get it in the little box and just dilute with water. I couldn't imagine drinking it straight, too sugary tasting for me.

0
23cdea3bba94e17d2b58b525773d0c0a

(729)

on June 29, 2011
at 08:13 PM

I really prefer straight from the coconut but I won't just buy any old coconut and the one's I would buy aren't just $1..... I really like vitacoco and I love that it comes in the tetrapak. I also like Amy and Brian with pulp- what a treat! But I don't like the aluminum or that it doesn't state BPA-free....which is to be determined I guess.

98f08fb9029005e02cf07ddeb24d03de

(0)

on July 02, 2011
at 05:05 PM

are tetra packs totally safe? was told that aluminum film is in contact w/contents[alzheimers-aluminum link].

0
F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 29, 2011
at 04:49 PM

Amy and Brians is my favorite. Here is a link. I have tried other brands but they taste watered down too much.

0
2ab6415f5f20b8fe1d34a94c7be85e6a

on June 29, 2011
at 07:28 AM

I've tried 4 or 5 brands and the only one that tastes like real coconut water in my opinion is the "Taste Nirvana" brand tons of potassium something like 600 mg and about 10 carbs.

0
9cfa1ab909f6f89544be665d4ef6e3ea

on February 24, 2010
at 09:34 PM

In the same way that the best milk is watered down heavy cream, perhaps the best coconut water is watered down full-fat coconut milk.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 11:10 PM

...but maybe that's what you meant. anyway, i disagree. i like them both.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:35 PM

you're talking about a totally different thing here. coconut water is the water/juice inside a young coconut. coconut milk is the meat (sans juice) of a mature coconut, made into "milk". --- two separate, utterly different foods.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 29, 2011
at 10:34 PM

you're talking about a totally different thing here. coconut water is the water/juice in a young coconut. coconut milk is the meat (no juice) of a mature coconut made into "milk". --- two separate, utterly different foods.

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