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I recently came back from holiday and after all the indulgence I decided to get a bit healthier and start eating and drinking a bit better than I have been. One of the things I have read lots about recently is coconut water and how good it is for you as well as being really tasty, well, that's what the stars say at least, so I decided to try some, hoping it would be a nice alternative to just regular water or a can of diet coke that I always seem to favour.
My local Tesco store were selling cartons of Vita Coco so thats why I chose this particular brand. On the front it says, "Hydrate naturally." It goes on to say on the side of the carton that this coconut water is:
Bursting with naturally occurrring electrolytes
more potassium than a banana (don't tell the monkeys) - potassium helps keep your body properly hydrated
no fat and no cholesterol
The carton is quite cool looking with palm trees and a straw planted into the top of a coconut which gives it quite a funky, fresh look and feel. At the top of the carton there is a blue plastic twist off cap which allows you to reseal the carton again if you don't drink it all in one go.
I actually poured it out into a glass to try it first to test if I liked it before I glugged it from a carton. I was quite interested to see that the liquid was almost clear and looked just like water except for a slight white tinge to it which I gather would be some of the water from the actual coconut.
So, onto the taste. Well, it didn't actually taste like coconut to me, not like the taste when you open up a fresh coconut and get that lovely coconut milk taste. No, unfortunately this has a really horrible off taste to me and it was a bit sickly. I persevered and had quite a few tastes but I couldn't finish it all. It was not in any way refreshing or tasty which is annoying as I was really hoping to like this but sadly not.
Per 100ml (and there are 330ml in a carton) there are 18 calories which is really not bad for a healthy drink. The water is gluten free, dairy free and suitable for vegetarians.
I like to shop at places like Holland and Barratt as I'm a vegetarian and while I was shopping there was when I first discovered this Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water. Vita Coco is probably the most well known of brands that sell coconut water and they are now stocked in most major supermarkets. This is a drink I like to have occasionally and especially if I'm travelling or having a day out. I find the intense and ultra sweet flavour of the drink means it's just too much to consume every day though. I most often see the larger 1 litre cartons for sale but you can also get this in smaller sized 500ml and 330ml cartons. I am reviewing the smallest of these, the 300ml or 11.1 fl. oz. sized pack.
The smallest carton available provides me with enough drink to fill an average glass and a half. It's suitable for consuming with a one off meal or as a refreshment on the go. It also can be stored for later as the carton is fitted with a re-sealable lid. The carton is made from a tough plastic-cardboard blend and it feels sturdy and as such I feel confident about putting it in my handbag at lunch runs. There is a large spout type dispensing lid on the top which is comfortable to put your lips around. The top spins off and can be re-fitted easily and safely. The carton is printed with all essential product information. If you've never had this drink before it's worth reading a bit about the drink as it's quite interesting.
Vita Coco harvest their coconuts in Brazil and their drink is made of pure, natural ingredients. There is nothing in this carton except natural coconut water, less than 1% fruit sugar and vitamin C. The benefits of coconut water are explained on the side of the carton. The drink is full of "naturally occurring electrolytes" and contains more potassium than one banana. Potassium ensures that your body is well hydrated. It also has other health benefits such as helping to lower blood pressure. There is also no fat or cholesterol in the drink. The drink is dairy free, is suitable for vegetarians and is also suitable for those who can't tolerate gluten. The calorific values of the drink are also impressive as 100ml provides only 18 calories. The same portion also contains 195mg of potassium and 40mg of vitamin C (which counts for 50% of your recommended daily allowance).
As I mentioned the flavour of coconut water is quite unique and intense. It's like drinking the most pure, filtered water that has been infused with nectar. It's a very sweet and sharp flavour and one that is moreish. The drink is best served cold and the colder the better. Even just lightly chilled the drink feels icy as it hits the back of your throat. It is a very refreshing and thirst quenching drink. It satisfies thirst so well because the liquid has that thin watery consistency and it is easy to swallow without it feeling like a foodstuff. When I'm drinking this I feel like I have to just take one mouthful and then wait for a while as the experience of taste and sensation is so intense! This tastes to me like an exquisite natural creation!
As you can probably guess I like this Vita Coco very much. I'm currently sampling all of their flavours (they also combine the coconut water with other pure fruit juices like orange and passion fruit) but I haven't yet tasted any of the range that can surpass the excellence of this original Natural Coconut Water. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sweet but healthy drinks. I think both children and adults will love this drink and these 330ml sized drinks are also perfect for school lunches or work packed lunches. I'm pleased that I'm seeing the Vita Coco drinks in more and more shops and most of my local supermarkets now have these in stock at least in the larger cartons. I like the larger cartons too although coconut water has a shorter shelf life than other juices so you have to be certain that you want to drink the whole thing quickly if you buy a bigger pack.
Find out more about the brand and the range at the European website:
I'm very health concious and like to eat as naturally and as 'clean' as possible. I'd like say i'm the same when it comes to drinks, but unfortunately not! Although I have cut out dairy and full-sugar soda/juice, I still have a pretty bad addiction to Diet Pepsi, which I am aware is ridiculously bad for me but I can't seem to stop drinking the stuff! Me and my boyfriend (who is equally addicted) ran out of our multi-pack of it the other day and while stocking up in our local Sainsbury's I came across Vita Coco, which caught my attention as one of my favourite YouTube weight loss guru's swears by the stuff, although I had never tried it before as I'd always assumed it was an American drink because I'd never seen it in any of the supermarkets local to me until very recently.
Vita Coco is described as an 'all-natural, super-hydrating, fat-free, cholesterol-free, nutrient-packed, potassium-stacked, mega-electrolyte coconut water!' Sounds great right? And it is, but the price is a huge let down. This stuff as far as I am aware is only available in 1 litre cartons in UK supermarkets which retails at around £3.50 however smaller cartons and bulk packs can be purchased via a small number of health stores, for example Holland and Barrett and Amazon also sell it, as well as a pretty wide range of other websites.
The drink is not at all cheap and it's not a product that I would buy on my weekly shops as £3.50 for just one litre of product is ridiculous, no matter how nice it tastes/how healthy it is.. although I must admit since buying the initial carton I have purchased a couple more and I intend to make them last for a couple of days each. For people who don't care about how much they spend the price will not be an issue but for a majority of people this is more of a 'luxury' drink. Buying in bulk is very expensive too although I placed an order yesterday on Amazon which cost me around £20 for 12 300ml cartons. The drink is produced in and imported from Brazil and Southeast Asia. Although I initially assumed that this was coconut milk, it is actually coconut water. The water comes from 'young' coconuts and has been pasteurized.
Vita Coco has many health benefits, and it contains lots of goodness - it has more potassium per 100ml than two bananas and the vitamin C content is impressive at 56% of the RDA per 100ml. Due to the amount of potassium it contains, moderation is advised - Vita Coco reccomend no more than two to three 8.5-ounce servings per day. The drink is suitable for vegans as it doesn't contain any animal-derived or dairy products and it is also free of gluten. It is suitable for pregnant women too. The packaging that the drink comes in has a blue and green colour scheme. All the info you could want - eg nutritional info is displayed on the pack and I find the packaging to be unique and easy to spot. Opening the carton is simple, you just need to peel back the strip of film on the top, which exposes a hole. The film can not be stuck back down which is silly, but I have found that this isn't an issue as I can just store it up-right in my fridge. Once the carton's been opened, it is reccomeed that you drink the contents within 24 hours.
The coconut water has the same consistency as water and looks like it too, except a little more cloudy. The smell is instantly noticeable once the carton is open. I wasn't initially keen on the scent and found it very unusual and quite strange, however it wasn't overpowering or disgustingly strong. Flavours available include pure coconut water, which is the one I am reviewing, coconut and pineapple, acai and pomeganate, peach and mango etc. Taste wise, the plain coconut water has a unique taste. In my opinion it tastes very creamy, almost like skimmed milk bizzarely enough, with a sweet honeydew melon-like undertone. The texture is smooth and 'light' if that makes sense, just like water really. It took a while to get used to the flavour (a couple of gulps!) and I fell in love - I drank a 1 litre carton the same day that I bought it and purchased two more today.
Although I love this stuff for the unusual taste, I also like it because it genuinely leaves me feeling good. I feel energized and uplifted even after a mouthful of the drink, and it is very thirst quenching too. I'm unsure why the drink makes me feel so much better, but it's probably due to the vitamin C, electrolytes (which are naturally occuring) and the potassium - this is so much more healthy than a glass of soda and it's lower in calories than fruit juice as it has just 19 calories per 100ml. I really reccomend Coco Vita. It tastes amazing and leaves me feeling uplifted and much more energized. It's a tasty alternative to tap water or 'normal' water and is much healthier (and just as tasty) as soda.
I work in a supermarket and a few months ago a new range of drinks caught my eye. These were the Vita Coco range. There was a variety of different sizes and flavours. The flavours are 100% pure, pineapple, peach and mango, passion fruit and acia and pom. I am a big fan of coconut and I love coconut in food and drinks. I instantly wanted to try Vita Coco but was put off by the price -1.80 for 330ml. A few days later in my work dining room, I saw the drinks at a reduced price and decided to try one.
The packaging was very colourful, a nice blue and green colour scheme and with a nice water design. The drinks were in cartoons but they do not come with a straw. They are still easy to drink but I would definitely have preffered a straw.
The main attraction to Vita Coco is the health benefits of the drink. Celebrities have raved about this drink in magazines because of it's health benefits. It is 100% pure and fat free. It contains potassium and is full or nutrients. The drinks contains little calories and has no added sugar. It is great natural drink and is great for your metabolism. Vita Coco is also linked to clear and vibrant skin.
The taste of the drink surprised me. I thought as a big fan of coconut I would really enjoy it but I found it quite bland and watery. I haven't tried the flavoured ones so they might have a bit more taste. It was quite refreshing though and did give me energy.
I do think it's over priced and the taste is a bit bland. Despite this, I would recommend this product as it's a great way to rehydrate and has loads of health benefits.
Whilst I was in my local Holland and Barratt yesterday I noticed that they had a buy one get one half price offer on everything in the shop. I like trying new things and had a quick scout around to see what was new in my store. I spotted the Vita Coco in the chiller cabinet and out of the 4 different flavours that were on offer, I decided to buy the original one.
I haven't heard much about Vita Coco and having never tasted coconut water before I was keen to try it.
The drink boxes I bought was 330ml and cost £1.79 each, then I received the 90p discount. So without the offer, I consider it a little pricey. Vita Coco is suitable for vegetarians and people on gluten free diets. (obviously, if you have a nut allergy common sense would dictate for you NOT to try this!)
Vita Coco is 100% pure coconut water and contains more potassium than two bananas! However, it also claim's that by drinking it you will be 'hydrating naturally', which you would do by drinking water.
To be honest, I find the taste a little bland. Call me silly but I expected it to taste at least somewhat like a coconut!
I wouldn't re-purchase it again, instead I would rather have a glass of water.
I am a huge fan of Vita Coco Coconut Water.I first tried it in the USA last summer so was obviously keen on enjoying it on my return to Surrey (UK). I have always had a keen interest in health drinks but always drank my sports drinks with a degree of regret at the calories I was drinking.Vita Coco has no calories and is really very good for you. I was absolutely delighted to find a home delivery company online called Aqua Amore (http://www.aqua-amore.com/vitacoco) who delivered the Vita Coco in cases to my door, and they're the cheapest online.The Pineapple and Peach&Mango are my favourites, but in the summer heat I really enjoyed mixing the natural flavour with lychee juice and ice :-)I couldnt recommend Vita Coco Coconut Water more, it's a god send!
I was shopping in town the other day, and decided that I needed something to drink . The nearest shop available that would sell cold drinks was Holland and Barret, and after a quick browse in the fridge I decided to go for this coconut water, wowed by the colourful tropical packaging, which also made several claims about why this drink was healthy , such as the fact that it is 100 percent natural, as well as being fat free, and containing as much potassium as two bananas.
The packaging , despite being attractive, has one vital flaw. Whilst it has an easy to open foil tab, it doesn't come with a straw - something I didn't realise until I'd already opened the 330ml carton . You can certainly drink it easily enough without a straw, but not without a few droplets and dribbles.
The drink itself tastes lovely - sweet, with a mild coconut flavour, and very refreshing. It was incredibly easy to gulp the whole drink down in just a few swigs , so it's perhaps a good thing this only contains 19 calories per 100ml.
I did think the price of £1.50 was a little high for what really isn't that big a carton, and I also think the lack of an attached straw is a small downside to this, but as a tasty and refreshing drink I certainly recommend it . 4 STARS .
As some of you may have read, I've recently become interested in coconut water. I have read several articles/blog posts on the subject, and wanted to try it out myself. Having purchased an expensive organic coconut water previously (Dr Young's brand), I wanted to go for a slightly cheaper option that is more widely available. A quick search for coconut water on ocado/ciao/google leads us to this brand: "Vita Coco".
Vita Coco is a company that just sells coconut water. It was founded in 2003, after an American gentleman realised that Brazilians liked coconut water; and for good reason (more about that later). With the help of several celebrity investors (Madonna & Guy, Matthew McConaughey, Demi Moore and Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman). They have successfully branded their company, and now have several products/flavours:-
- 100% pure
- Peach and mango
- Acai & Pom
The product I'm reviewing is the 100% pure one; I don't think I will be trying the other flavours, as I like this taste and don't want to drink something with unnecessary ingredients in (if I'm drinking it for health benefits).
The benefits of drinking coconut water is that it is 100% natural. There's no fat, and no cholesterol. It contains more potassium than two bananas, and it contains five essential electrolytes. Electrolytes are important as they replenish the body's water levels after dehydration caused by electrolytes. That all sounds very technical, but does it actually work? Is it better than drinking water?
In the interests of a fair (and hopefully informative) review, I decided to run an experiment. Ok, there are no lab coats involved, but I am trying to make it as accurate as possible. My experiment is in short me attending a 2 hour football training session twice. One time, I only drink water after the experiment. The other time, I drink coconut water after the experiment. To keep the conditions as similar as possible, I ensured that I:-
ate the same diet at the same time of day (boiled egg with orange juice for breakfast & can of tuna for lunch with one spring onion and a glass of water).
had a similar training session. Run up and down Primrose Hill once, followed by some drills and 30 minutes of getting down and dirty, playing football at the end.
As I knew I would be dehydrated afterwards, I drank 830ml of water after my first training session, then 500ml of water and 330ml of coconut water after the second training session. I then observed what time it was until I felt dehydrated again.
~So what was my result?~
I found that I was not thirsty until midnight having had the coconut water, but was thirsty at half ten after the water. The coconut water seemingly kept me hydrated for an extra 90 minutes(!) As well as that, the weather was different; it was actually hotter on the second training session, but I was less dehydrated.
There is a caveat to this of course: it's not "scientifically proven" that it's a fact. It's "proven" by a reviewer on ciao with limited scientific knowledge. I'm also aware that there may be a placebo effect, and perhaps I willed myself to not want to be dehydrated having drunken the coconut water. Who knows.
The packaging is a tetra pack carton, which ensures the product stays fresh. It is sealed by a foil (which I have taken a photo of), which reveals a sizable hole (about the size of a thumb print). It doesn't come with a straw, but you can easily drink from it. I think the design of the product is too crowded, and shows the inexperience of the company; it may be a matter of personal preference, but I far prefer branding similar to that of innocent drinks.
The typical value per 100ml is as follows:
Carbohydrates (5g) [of which sugars (5g)]
Potassium (224mg). This is 11% of RDA
Vitamin C (45mg). This is 56% of RDA.
Like a lot of packaging out there, I find that it can be misleading as the carton is 330g. The Vitamin C levels are 184.8% the RDA. I guess consuming too much won't do you any harm though...
The coconut water is also suitable for vegetarians and gluten free diets.
Oddly enough, this tastes different to the Dr Young's coconut water. It was sweeter, and didn't have such a strong coconut taste (not the malibu/bounty bar type coconut taste/smell, but the more bitter-sweet taste of coconut water). It's not quite as good as drinking it straight from the coconut, but given that is rarely an option, I would say this is a pretty good substitute.
The average price is about £1.50 for a 330ml carton, available at Ocado, Holland&Barret, and from online stores such as amazon, goodness direct & planet organic. If you get really addicted to the coconut water, you can buy 1l for £4, or 12l for £50. As it is still a relatively new company, their price point seems to be quite flexible; I would therefore recommend shopping around for the product.
~Would I recommend it?~
I wouldn't recommend this product as something you just buy to drink to replace fruit juice, as it's quite pricey. I would recommend you to consume this if you normally drink sports drinks after training; from my experience, it helps to rehydrate you, and there are no added nasties. There's also the benefit of there being very few calories (not as little as water, admittedly). If you do like the sound of coconut water and have not tasted it before, perhaps try a cheaper version first? You can buy cartons for 50p or so, but they will most likely not be 100% pure coconut water, and may have some additives.
this review is also on ciao under the same username
I love popping into Holland and Barrett to stock up on their range of vegetarian food and on my latest outing was pleased to see this sitting on their shelves.
So what is 'this'?
Well what I'm referring to is a coconut flavoured drink. So what's exciting about that? Oh let me fill you in!
Vita Coco is 100% pure filtered coconut water and boy can you tell.
It has an impressive set of facts on the side of the carton it comes in and claims it contains more electrolytes than most leading sports drinks.
It also lays claim that it contains more potassium than two bananas in one standard 330ml carton.
It talks the talk but does it live up to it's own hype?~
Well to be perfectly honest I bought this drink to try on the grounds that it is coconut flavoured, and being a lover of all things coconutty (yes I know it's not a real word) I was instantly drawn to it.
The packaging is quite eye catching which helps - an oblong shaped affair (cardboard) in sky blue with a picture of a fresh coconut and palm tree. It instantly gives the impression this is going to taste tropical and the sort of beverage you may drink if on a hot sunny little island somewhere.
On the front of the carton are the words Vita Coco in bold blue and on the top is a foil covering to access your drink.
I would say this is where you pierce it with a straw- which you can do - but as it doesn't come with one it's easier to pour into a glass and drink that way (less messy!).
Well unless you like coconunt flavoured drinks this isn't for you. If like me, however, you do, then this is real treat for your taste buds.
The drink is delicate and refreshing and really quenches your thirst. The colour and consistency of the drink is an indication to the taste too - pale and watery. That doesn't make it sound too appealing having said that!
There is nothing artificial about this at all and it certainly comes through in the taste - I can't say enough good things about this drink.
Is there any bad points?
Apart from the availability; you can only buy it at certain shops those being mainly health food stores.
The lack of a straw means it's not convenient to drink whilst out and about..oh then there's the price. £1.29 for a small 330ml carton is expensive but I buy this as a treat now and again so it's not too bad once in a blue moon.
*Contains Vitamin C; Iron; Calcium; and Magnesium.
*Produced in New York and imported by Marigold Health Foods in London
*20 calories per 100ml serving.
*For more information check out the website www.vitacoco.com