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August 9 , 2011

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One of our favorite brands,  Coco Water, also comes in one of the most attractive bottles. Image courtesy Coco Water.

WHAT IT IS: Liquid from the interior of immature (green) coconuts.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: The terms “coconut water” and “coconut juice” are used interchangeably for a watery liquid that is about 46 calories a cup (varies by brand; flavored waters are higher). Much higher-calorie products are coconut nectar, a sap from the tree (analogous to maple syrup); coconut milk, pressed from the dried meat of the mature coconut; and coconut cream, a thicker version of coconut milk (less moisture).
WHY WE LOVE IT: Another option for a refreshing drink that’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals.
WHERE TO BUY IT: At retailers nationwide.

 

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CocoWater

  • Coconut Source: Thailand. Not made from concentrate.
  • CocoWater + Vitamin C. Ingredients: coconut water, ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Per 8 ounces: 50 calories, 13 g sugars, 45 mg sodium, 475 mg potassium. Almost no aroma. Slightly opaque liquid. Quick initial sweetness that’s almost minerally in nature. Lingering aftertaste.
  • CocoWater + Lychee (A Favorite). Ingredients: coconut water, lychee juice, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Per 8 ounces: 80 calories, 18 g sugars, 40 mg sodium, 455 mg potassium. Minimal fruit aroma. Slightly cloudy with a pinkish tint. Strong lychee flavor that fades quickly.
  • CocoWater + Mango (A Favorite). Ingredients: coconut water, mango juice, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Per 8 ounces: 80 calories, 17 g sugars, 40 mg sodium, 435 mg potassium. No aroma. Cloudy, pale yellow liquid. Amazingly, this tastes like both mango and coconut. A great blend of tastes.
  • CocoWater + Pineapple. Ingredients: coconut water, pineapple juice, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C). Per 8 ounces: 80 calories, 18 g sugars, 40 mg sodium, 455 mg potassium. Slight pineapple aroma when first poured into glass. Pale yellow, cloudy liquid. Delicate pineapple flavor.
  • NaturalCocoWater.com.

Goya Coconut Water

  • Coconut source: Thailand.
  • Ingredients: young coconut juice (80%), water, sugar, young coconut pulp, citric acid (E330) as acidity regulators, potassium metabisulphite (E224) as preservative. Per 8 ounces: 80 calories, 15 g sugars, 86 mg sodium, no potassium measurement given. No aroma. A clear liquid with bits of pulp floating in it. Much too sweet.
  • Goya.com.

 

The brand reviews continue below, in alphabetical order. Favorites are highlighted in red; kosher- and organic-certified brands are highlighted in blue.

INDEX OF REVIEW

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Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

This product is sold exclusively at Whole Foods Markets in the U.S. through December, 2011. If you’re not near a Whole Foods, mark your calendar to check other stores in January.

  • Coconut Source: Thailand.
  • Not Made From Concentrate.
  • Organic Certification: Control Union Certifications (this certifying agency is from The Netherlands).
  • Special Preparation: This coconut water is not heat-pasteurized; rather, it is “pasteurized” via pressure in a treatment called HPP (high pressure processing) that is USDA-approved.
  • Raw Coconut Water (A Favorite). Ingredients: coconut water. Per 8 ounces: 45 calories, 6 g sugars, 247 mg sodium, 588 mg potassium. Slightly opaque liquid with almost no aroma. More complex and nuanced than other coconut waters I tried. A slight sweetness and a hint of mineral presence (in a good way).
  • HarmlessHarvest.com.
  Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
One of the few raw coconut waters I could find (and a favorite!). Photo courtesy Harmless Harvest.

Naked Coconut Water

  • Coconut Source: for unflavored variety, Brazil; for flavored varieties, Indonesia.
  • Kosher Certification: The Organized Kashrus Laboratories (OK).
  • Coconut Water. Ingredients: coconut water. Per 8 ounces: 43 calories, 7.8 g sugars, 14.2 mg sodium, 461.5 mg potassium. Almost no aroma. Cloudy liquid with a slight yellow cast. Very neutral taste with just a slight nutty flavor.

These new flavored coconut water varieties will be appearing in your market soon:

  • Coconut Water + Lychee Juice. Ingredients: coconut water, lychee juice, natural flavors. Per 8 ounces: 49.7 calories, 9.2 g sugars, 106.5 mg sodium, 340.8 mg potassium. Faint fruity aroma. Opaque liquid with a pink-yellow tint. Slight fruit taste with a bit of sweetness.
  Naked Coconut Water
Naked Ciconut Water—from the manufacturers of Naked fruit juices and smoothies, another Top Pick Of The Week. Photo courtesy Naked Juice.
  • Coconut Water + Mango Peach Juice. Ingredients: coconut water, mango purée, peach purée, natural flavors. Per 8 ounces: 56.8 calories, 10.7 g sugars, 99.4 mg sodium, 326.6 mg potassium. Mango aroma, looks like a pale orange juice. Slight peach-mango flavor.
  • Coconut Water + Pineapple. Ingredients: coconut water, pineapple juice, natural flavors. Per 8 ounces: 56.8 calories, 10.7 g sugars, 99.4 mg sodium, 333.7 mg potassium. Slight pineapple aroma. Looks like pale pineapple juice. Faint coconut taste, minimal pineapple aftertaste.
  • NakedJuice.com.

Nature Factor

  • Coconut Source: Indonesia.
  • Kosher Certification: Kehilla Kosher.
  • Organic Certification: QAI.
  • Nature Factor Organic Young Coconut Water. Ingredients: organic young coconut water. Per 8 ounces: 64 calories, 7.2 g sugars, 40 mg sodium, 552 mg potassium. Almost no aroma. Somewhat opaque, with a slightly yellow tint. Very little sweetness, with just a hint of nutty flavor. Pleasant.
  • EdwardAndSons.com.
 
Nature Factor is one of the few organic brands and the only organic and kosher brand in our review. Photo courtesy Nature Factor.

O.N.E. Active Sports Drinks

  • Coconut Source: Global, including Brazil, Indonesia and The Philippines. (According to the container I have, the unflavored coconut water is sourced from Brazil.)
  • Kosher Certification: OU.
  • Related Ingredients: In addition to the other ingredients indicated for each flavor, these sports beverages contain more than 50% coconut water. All varieties contain a proprietary blend of catuaba bark extract, ginkgo biloba, grape seed extract and panax ginseng. Eight ounces contains 18.8 calories, 3.8 g sugars, 61.1 mg sodium, and 178.6 mg potassium.
  • Cranberry Grapefruit. Ingredients: coconut water, water, citric acid, natural cranberry flavor, natural grapefruit flavor, stevia leaf extract, black carrot extract. Some berry aroma. Looks like pale cranberry juice. Tastes somewhat like cranberry juice with an aftertaste of grapefruit. Pleasant.
 

O.N.E. Active Sports Drink
Fruit-flavored coconut water sports drinks. Photo courtesy One drinks.

  • Grape Berry. Ingredients: coconut water, water, citric acid, calcium lactate pentahydrate, grape juice concentrate, natural grape flavor, natural berry flavor, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract. Slight grape aroma; resembles a cloudy rose wine. Tastes a little like grape, with a hint of strawberry.
  • Lemon Lime. Ingredients: coconut water, water, citric acid, natural lime flavor, natural lemon flavor, stevia leaf extract, beta-carotene. Light citrus aroma. Slightly cloudy, deep yellow liquid. Overly-aggressive flavors of both lemon and lime.
  • OneDrinks.com.

O.N.E. Coconut Water

  • Coconut Source: Global, including Brazil, Indonesia and The Philippines. (According to the container I have, the unflavored coconut water is sourced from Brazil.)
  • Kosher Certification: OU.
  • Coconut Water. Ingredients: coconut water. Per 8 ounces: 42.6 calories, 9.9 g sugars, 42.6 mg sodium, 475.7 mg potassium. Almost no scent. Slightly cloudy liquid with a yellow cast. Some sweetness, with a strong, almost minerally taste that disappears quickly.

  • Coconut Water with a Splash of Mango. Ingredients: coconut water, mango purée, cane juice, vitamin C, natural fruit flavor, carotenes. Per 8 ounces: 72.4 calories, 15.4 g sugars, 111.9 mg sodium, 260.4 mg potassium. Definite mango aroma, cloudy orange liquid. Initial flavor is mango, with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

 
O.N.E. offers Original plus three flavored coconut waters. Photo courtesy OneDrinks.com.
  • Coconut Water with a Splash of Pineapple. Ingredients: coconut water, pineapple juice, cane juice, Vitamin C, natural fruit flavor. Per 8 ounces: 70.5 calories, 15 g sugars, 108.1 mg sodium, 281 mg potassium. Some pineapple aroma when first poured. Looks a lot like pineapple juice. Some pineapple flavor, with a quick flash of a bitter aftertaste.
  • Coconut Water with a Splash of Pink Guava. Ingredients: coconut water, pink guava purée, cane juice, Vitamin C, natural fruit flavor. Per 8 ounces: 73.3 calories, 15.6 g sugars, 120.3 mg sodium, 283.9 mg potassium. Tropical fruit aroma when first poured. Opaque, pale orange liquid. Sweet initially, with a tart aftertaste. Very pleasant.
  • OneDrinks.com.

 

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