The gym I go to was giving away free samples of Vita Coco Coconut Water, and I tried the 100% Pure Cocount Water. I wasn't too enthused about this variety - maybe coconut water isn't for me - but I decided to try one of the flavored kinds as well, the Acai & Pomegranate.
The thing that got me about the regular (100% pure) flavor was the combination of refreshing and sweet with the strange thick texture. Not my cup of tea. With this one, though, the addition of pomegranate and acai make it taste more like a smoothie, which is great. The fact that those fruits have antioxidant properties is an added bonus. I thought this flavor was much better than the regular one, although it would still take some getting used to.
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!
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.