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Its well documented that I'm a massive fan of coconut water. It's nature's post workout drink, loaded with electrolytes for hydration, natural sugars for recovery as well as being packed full of potassium and vitamin c. I'm always drinking the stuff when I'm on the go and need a drink that is both tasty and nutritious. Its brilliant for in the car on the way home from the gym as well. But, there are times when coconut water on its own can get a little boring. Enter Vita Coco - with Pineapple!
When I first saw this in the fridge in Holland and Barrett, I was automatically intrigued. Two of my favourite tropical fruits, together for the first time? I had to try it. As always, I double checked the ingredients and nutrition to make sure there were no secret nasties thrown in (pineapple 'flavour' or colour would have turned me right off!) and that the sugar levels weren't through the roof. I was impressed to find that the ingredients were simply coconut water, pineapple juice and pineapple pulp. Nothing artificial there. Also, the sugar levels were only 6g per 100ml; normal coconut water is 5g, and pineapple juice usually around 12g - so this struck a happy medium.
In terms of the flavour, I was a little sceptical. Just how would the balance in flavours between coconut water and pineapple match up? I was very impressed. Coconut water was the more pronounced flavour, but the sweetness and acidity of the pineapple took it to a new dimension. The pineapple pulp makes it a little thicker as well, almost like a smoothie - which I really enjoyed!
They also do a flavour with Acai and Pomegranate, which I'm looking forward to trying.
I paid £2.99 for a 1L bottle, which lasts me 3 or 4 days. Not bad value in my opinion, when you consider you pay the same for a premium fruit juice like Tropicana.
I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is active and looking for a natural energy drink whilst on the go - with an added bonus of pineapple!
I recently bought one of these drinks on a hot day to enjoy on the go and I liked it so much I bought a few other varieties in the Vita Coco range. I had tried the original Vita Coco pure coconut milk drink before and enjoyed it but had never tried any of the range that were mixed with other fruits. I really liked the sound of this Natural Coconut Water with Pineapple as I enjoy the latter as a fruit juice drink on a regular basis.
I bought this particular drink as a 330ml small sized carton. The cartons are about the size appropriate for one meal. I would call them 'lunchbox sized' and suggest they are ideal for a one off meal on the go or at home. My carton actually has a screw off top as opposed to the more common straw hole opening. This means you can drink a little bit and save the rest for later if you require.
The carton is well designed and makes me thirsty just looking at it! It shows a scene from a tropical island with sun, sea and palm trees and in the forefront there is a raw coconut fruit with two straws sticking out of it. There is also a juicy pineapple in the picture. Full ingredients are listed on the side of the pack along with nutritional information and contact details.
Vita Coco is an "all natural" drink and as such contains no artificial substances. The short list of ingredients reads: natural coconut water, pineapple puree, coconut puree, vitamin C. The drink is suitable for vegetarians, is gluten free and is also dairy free. An odd factoid written on the carton is that this drink contains more potassium than a banana. I find this to be a little shocking as I always associate bananas with potassium. Potassium, of course, is essential for vital bodily functions to work correctly. It is said to help lower blood pressure. There is also no fat or cholesterol in this drink. The drink provides 25 calories per 100mls. The same amount provides 20mg of vitamin C and 190mg of potassium.
The lid on the carton is very easy to open and close. When you open the spout (which also is designed for easy pouring or for putting your lips around) there is a lovely smell of pineapple juice which wafts up through the hole. The flavour of the juice is unusual and is like nothing I've tried before. It combines the sugary sweet and ice cool flavour of coconut with the slightly bitter and sour tones of pineapple. When I have the juice in my mouth my taste buds seem to switch between detecting either one of the two juices. I have to say that the pineapple taste is predominant although the coconut flavour has the stronger aftertaste.
What is lovely about the juice is that it is so refreshing and thirst quenching, possibly more so than any other kind of juice I've had. Maybe the reason for this is that the juice feels quite thin and watery as opposed to feeling pulpy like some other juices. This juice just feels really light and the consistency of it is like that I recall of pure coconut water after you crack a nut open!
I really love this drink and think that anyone could enjoy the delicious flavour combination and thirst quenching hit. I think both adults and children would love this drink although there is a slightly sophisticated feeling about the drink that makes me think adults might appreciate it more! I will definitely buy this again although it is slightly more expensive than a soft drink might be. I have seen these on sale for over £2 but you can buy them more cheaply at around £1.60 for a small carton. You also might find these difficult to come by as I have. I've seen them on sale in a few supermarkets and most notably at Sainsburys. Health food stores like Holland and Barratt also stock them.
**Introduction and reason for purchase**
It's not often I venture into our town centre very often these days, but on the few occasions that I do I love popping into Holland and Barrett and perusing their food & drink section for a while before stocking up on their range of vegetarian food. Despite being a lapsed vegetarian these days I still enjoy eating meat free food and find Holland & Barrett offer a good range of products and a few weeks ago whilst there I spotted this Vita Coco coconut flavoured water priced at just 99p so popped a carton into my basket to enjoy when I got home. I'm a big fan of coconut water and have bought this brand frequently in the past though it's usual RRP is nearer the £2 mark for a 330ml carton so it's not something that I buy frequently due to the price. Once home I remembered the coconut water carton and on eagerly unpacking my other items I was slightly dismayed to see I'd picked up coconut water with pineapple. I love pineapple but was disappointed as I thought I'd just bought the pure coconut water on it's own but nevertheless I proceeded to pour the carton into a glass and hopefully enjoy it.
**What is it?**
Vita Coco is 100% pure filtered coconut water and it has an impressive set of facts on the side of the carton and claims it contains more electrolytes than most leading sports drinks and contains more potassium than two bananas in one standard 330ml carton.
**My experience of drinking this**
I love anything 'coconutty' whether it be food, drink, beauty item related or even to fragrance my home and when it comes to beverages I prefer a plain coconut taste as opposed to it being in addition to. I do like pineapple but was a bit disappointed that I'd accidently picked this version up rather than the plain one but having carried heavy bags home and been squashed on a hot and busy bus I was ready for a thirst quenching drink so eagerly poured the contents out into a glass.
The drink is housed in a rectangular shaped cardboard carton that holds 330ml. The packaging itself is very bright with a sunny image of fresh coconuts and whichever fruit it's added with and in this case there is a pineapple as well as a fresh coconut but as it's identical almost to the plain coconut water I didn't take much notice in which one I was picking up. I do think the packaging should be clearer as the 'with pineapple' wording underneath the logo isn't very prominent and as the carton is the same colour is it's easy to mix up the flavours.
There are different sizes available but as I purchased this size carton my review will be based on this. There are several different flavours available including as mentioned:
Pure Coconut 100% Natural
Coconut & Pineapple
Coconut & Peach/ Mango
Coconut & passion Fruit
Coconut & Acai/ Pom
To access the water there is quite a large foil covering which is easy to remove due to the slightly overhanging tab but I wouldn't recommend really trying to pierce it with a straw as quite tough to break the seal.. The fact that there is no straw included anyway doesn't help which makes it less practical to drink on the go and not a very clever marketing ploy really given the convenient travel size design of the carton..
Once poured into a glass the coconut water is cloudy and visually it reminds me of flat cloudy lemonade. The coconut aroma that I'm used to smelling is very subtle and lost underneath the much more prominent pineapple which does seem to take over and I was afraid it would drown out the delicate coconut taste that I was so looking forward to.
On drinking, I was pleasantly surprised that the pineapple wasn't as domineering on my taste buds as I thought it would be and I was really pleased to be able to detect the coconut quite clearly. The pineapple when mixed together with the coconut gives an instantly refreshing flavour that is extremely palatable and thirst quenching and has a very tropical pina colada taste.
**Would I recommend this?**
The drink is delicate and refreshing and really quenched my thirst and even though it was bought accidently I'm glad I did pick it up by mistake. The water blends well with the coconut and still has a lightness to it which isn't weighed down by the pineapple and so it's a very easy drink to enjoy. The consistency is still thin and water like which makes it more thirst quenching (for me) than if it were thicker like a fruit juice can be.
There is nothing artificial about this at all and it certainly comes through in the taste and though I can't say enough good things about it I do still prefer the 100% coconut water as it's just a personal favourite.
There's nothing negative I can say about the actual drink though as it's refreshing, tastes natural and quenches thirst straight away as well as being an healthy option.
I've only bought this and the plain Vita Coco cartons from Holland & Barrett though it can be purchased in bulk from sites such as amazon where it works out cheaper. I've bought different brands this way but haven't purchased Vita Coco online but it is an option if interested to help reduce costs as it's not the cheapest of drinks to buy no matter how tasty it is.
I did like the taste of this drink but I wont go out of my way to buy it as I will always opt for the natural coconut water flavour any day, though that said if it were on offer I wouldn't say no to buying a carton or two as it is a very nice drink that hits the spot.
Nice but I prefer the 'plain' version anyday.
* 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
I had heard so much about coconut water; how it was so good for you and how all the celebrities such as Rihanna were all drinking it by the gallon and so I decided I wanted to try it. Although there was one problem; I just could not seem to find it anywhere. A few weeks ago however, I came across it in Waitrose. I was quite excited as I had been dying to try it for ages. There are several different flavours including: 100% Pure Coconut Water, Peach & Mango, pineapple, tangerine and Acai & Pom. Today I will be reviewing the 100% Pure Coconut Water which cost me around £3.50 which I did think was very expensive for 1litres, but was so desperate to try it, I decided to buy it.
~ * What Does It Look Like? * ~
I have to say the carton it comes in is very attractive. It has a really tropical look to it and reminds me of holidays. It looks like the kind of thing you would drink whilst on holiday in the Caribbean. The coconut water itself is clear like water but slightly more 'cloudier' looking than water. I had expected it be white like milk, but it's more like water than milk.
~ * So What Does It Taste Like? * ~
The drink is very light and refreshing with a delicate coconut taste. The coconut doesn't taste that strong. I have to say that I didn't really 'love' this drink; yes it was ok taste-wise. It wasn't amazing though, just like slightly flavoured water. Perhaps if the coconut flavour was stronger, then I would like it more. The only way I can try to describe is like weak orange squash...when you feel that more squash should be added to make it more 'full flavoured'. This drink is very thirst quenching.
Nutritionally, the drink is quite good. First of all it's 100% natural - you don't get much 100% natural these days. It's fat free AND cholesterol free. It also contains twice the amount of potassium in a banana. The drink also contains special electrolytes, which I'm no scientist but apparently they are excellent for hydrating the body naturally.
So would I recommend it? Yes I would! Although I wasn't that impressed with the taste as I had expected it to be more 'wow' - I would definitely buy this drink again - mainly for all the nutrients and health benefits rather than the actual taste.
Once opened, store the coconut water in the fridge and consume within 24 hours. on the website, they suggest only drinking 2-3 servings of the drink per day. The drink is gluten free and vegan approved.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I am for ever trying to find new ways of loseing weight or toning up etc....so when I read an article in Cosmo and stumbled across this cellulite busting drink, I immediatly rushed out to purchase some for myself.
It was brought to America by childhood friends, Ira Liran and Michael Kirban, in 2005 after discussing coconut water with some Brazilian ladies.
And is now available in over 10,000 retail stores nationally.
Ingredients and Benefits*****
100% Pure Coconut Wate
Coconut water has 15 times more potassium than that found in sport drinks and is naturally loaded with the five key electrolytes:
Vita Coco is also fat and cholesterol free with no added sugar and is also suitable kosher and is Star-K certified. Some doctors also recommend that pregnant ladies drink this as it has so many nutritional benefits. Coconut water contains high levels of lauric acid, what the body uses to make monolaurin, a disease-fighting fatty acid derivative. Lauric acid has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that protect the body against various infections and boost the immune system.
This is what Vita Coco can do for you:
- Help keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.
- Helps carry nutrients and oxygen to cells and boosts poor circulation.
- Regulates the function of the intestine, helping promote smoother skin.
- Helps replenish your body's fluids after exercising.
- Helps detoxify your body and boost your immune system.
- Helps ease stomach pains.
Many people arent aware of the different kinds of coconuts - This is made with green coconuts. They are harvested in the north of Brazil, in a farm near Fortaleza and the average age of the coconut is about 7 months, the best age to extract sweet coconut water that is fat-free.
*****Purchase and Price
This can be bought from any Holland and Barrett store or online. It is also available on www.amazon.com. It ranges from £1.89 for a 330ml to £4.99 for 500ml, depending on where you shop.
Packaging and storage*****
They come in tetra packages which keep the drink cool. Once opened I would recommend that it is to be drunk the same day and served chilled.
- Acai & Pomegrante
- Peach & Mango
I tried this drink as the magazine I read said it breaks down cellulite and supresses your appetite. Well this actually did! Well it didnt really get rid of my cellulite but it did supress my appetitie. I would have on of these at around midday and then didnt feel hungry for the rest of the day, until dinner time. The magazine also mentioned that these are really popular with celebrities and that this was the new craze, so I went with it! (sad I know).
I started off on the 100% coconut juice and didnt really like the taste. It was very creamy and the texture was quite thick. So I tried the pineapple one which was delicious. It still had the coconut taste but it was sweetened by the pineapple.
I have tried the others but I tend to buy the pineapple as it is the best tasting.
I took some on holiday once as an alternative to water and it really hyrdated me by the pool. They are easy to store and you just slip the silver tape off the top and sip.
My only critisism is the price. It can get pricey if you drink one a day and I had to treck to town to get them or order on line as they dont stock these in your local supermarket.
Worth a try as an alternative to water!
June has seen the temperatures soaring and many of us enjoying a cooling drink to replenish lost fluids. Vita Coco Coconut Water With Pineapple is a beautiful drink made from natural coconut, it's a little bit unusual but very delicious, and becoming more widely available.
The company who make this product have a delightful history which dates back to 2003, when two childhood friends were chatting to some new acquaintances they had met from Brazil. When asked what drink they most missed from home it was coconut water. This seeded a business idea, and so a few months later one of the friends, Liran, went to Brazil. Here he began doing some market research to ascertain whether or not it could be possible to source the drink in large enough quantities to supply the American market. Kirban, the other friend began to develop the network he needed to have in place in New York to support the business.
Two years later in 2005 the drink became available in a selection of stores in the east coast of America, and since then it has become one of the fastest growing beverages in the US, now to be found in 10,000 US stores. Now available in the UK from several stores, including Holland and Barrett and Waitrose, this drink is, in my opinion, ideal for humid weather.
Coconut water is so rich in minerals, especially potassium. It actually contains more than 20 times the amount of the mineral than that found in the leading sports drink, and more than that found in 2 bananas. Potassium is lost in the aftermath of exercise and humid weather and so replacement is vital.
The drink is actually made with green coconut juice which is fat free, and the coconuts are harvested in Brazil when they are about 7 months old.
The range includes many flavours, and of course you can purchase plain, but the product I am reviewing in particular is the version which has added pineapple. This is, in my opinion, the best of their range as it is so delicious. It is made from coconut juice and pineapple puree, and it is 25 calories for 100mls. A 330ml carton retails for £1.49.
Sold in a long life tetra pack this is a convenient way to store the juice until you wish to use it. I usually pop mine in the fridge before use for an hour or so. The juice is lovely, it is a clearish liquid with a hint of pineapple, and it has a cooling taste, with no bitterness and just the right amount of sweetness. As a thirst quenching drink you can't beat this, as it is ideal especially for humid weather.
Once opened the drink only keeps for a couple of days if you purchase the litre size which is the coconut water plain variety, but a day only for the pineapple and other fruity variants, which are in the smaller 300ml size where I shop in Waitrose.
When I am out shopping in hot weather I will often pop into the health food store to purchase the pineapple drink. I have ME and suffer from a condition called orthostatic intolerance, which basically means I have difficulty standing especially in hot weather. If I load up on fluids and salt I can usually manage ok, but I can get very dizzy, especially first thing in the morning, and in periods of very hot weather I find this drink helps to alleviate the symptoms as it is mineral filled. For this reason in the summer I will often have a drink of this before I get up. It's a lovely start to the day as well so that's a bonus!
If you do a lot of sport, in particular running, this drink may well be of interest. I often have some for a few days before a flight as I think it helps to stop that dehydrated feeling.
They have packaged the drink in a very attractive little tetra pack and the pineapple version is in a pretty sky blue and green. It's a delicious way to hydrate yourself and is always on my shopping list.
The only downside is the price which is steep for a small drink.
Available from the following outlets:
Holland & Barrett
Selfridges & Co.
Whole Foods Market
Vita Coco coconut water with pineapple is truly delicious. I tend to drink it while I'm at the gym, as it is chock full of electrolytes and tastes better than the sports drinks I'm used to. It's also naturally fat free, and doesn't have any of those nasty refined sugars that are found in more commercial products. There are also nutritional benefits aside from the electrolytes, and it has even more potassium than a banana! I have lost weight through drinking Vita Coco by drinking it at the gym, and because I'm so refreshed I can stay there longer without wanting to kill myself. I also tend to drink it after meals in lieu of dessert, as it is just sweet enough to tempt me without the heavy caloric feeling. I love Vita Coco with pineapple the best, but am also a fan of mango if anyone else is interested.