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Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | May 14, 2010
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I love how Vita Coco describes their product, "Did you know that coconut water has 15 times more potassium than that found in sport drinks? It's also naturally loaded with the five key electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and calcium. It's what you need to stay hydrated. On a diet? No sweat! Vita Coco is also fat and cholesterol free. Sure, you may not be a marathon runner, a football player or Tour de France winner, but your every day life is hectic enough - you should be hydrated while you live it. Go ahead, get hydrated and remember that life is a sport!" How could I resist a tag line like that - marketing at it's finest, and it was working on me!

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 8.5 ounces
Calories: 45
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 30 mg, 1%
Carbohydrates: 11 grams
Fiber: 0%
Sugars: 11 grams
Protein: 0 grams

I've heard about the benefits of this drink for a while now but haven't had the chance to taste it for myself until now. Supposedly this is one of the best drinks to replenish electrolytes - a natural Gatorade, as it were - with minimal calories and natural ingredients (just coconut water) - no sugar added or anything else for that matter. My gym was giving away 17-ounce containers for free last week, so I picked one up one of the original, Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water.

In terms of taste, I was less than enthused. Sure, this tastes fine, but the thick texture really got to me. It tasted of coconut for sure, but it was very sweet (although not artificially). It was refreshing, but this variety really wasn't floating my boat so to speak.

An 8.5-ounce serving of Vita Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water provides just 45 calories from 11 grams of sugar, no fat or protein, pus 175% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. Certainly better nutritional stats for dieters than fruit juice for example.

I have seen the 11.2-ounce size on sale for $1.50 each, but I won't buy this flavor again - it's too weird for me! But because of the excellent nutrition facts, I would definitely try the other flavored varieties, such as Acai & Pom, Pineapple, Peach & Mango, Tangerine and Passion Fruit. Have you tried coconut water? Do you like it - and what's your preferred brand? Unfortunately, the Goya Coconut Water also didn't get a favorable review here on Iateapie.net.

Rating
Taste: 3
Nutrition: 4.5
Price: 4
Overall: 3
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