What is coconut water?
Coconut water is the liquid found inside a coconut. It is 100% natural and can be drank straight from the coconut. It should not be confused with coconut milk which is made from the flesh of the coconut and does not have the same benefits. The benefits of drinking coconut water have been highly publicised and discussed for some time now with some individuals even referring to it as a super food (or drink).
What are the health benefits of drinking coconut water?
There are a number of benefits of drinking coconut water which is why it is becoming increasingly popular.
It is full of good nutrients
Studies suggest it can reduce blood pressure and risk of strokes
Low in calories
Replenishes electrolytes so great for sport recovery
Great for hydration
Contains magnesium which aids digestion
As part of my research into the benefits of drinking coconut water I was sent a lovely box full of Vita Coco coconut water drinks to try. I had previously tried the original one so was already a fan of his particular brand and was really excited to try the other flavours.
I think that the way a company package their produce can tell you a lot about them. A company that spend time and money on creating packaging that not only protects your items but looks beautiful shows they love and care about what they are selling, their customers and the whole experience. Vita Coco are a prime example as my box of goodies looked like it had been shipped straight from Brazil, a brilliant touch
What is Vita Coco?
Two men met two Brazilian women in a New York bar and a business was born. Okay so it sounds like the opening to a joke but this really is how Vita Coco came about. But what is it? Well, Vita Coco is one of the leading producers of coconut water based drinks. They produce a number of flavours from fruity to coffee as well as serving it straight up.
Vita coco is 100% natural coconut water, meaning it has no added sugars or preservatives and is full of naturally occurring essential electrolytes. As a result an increasing number of athletes are turning to these natural drinks to replenish them after physical activity instead of sports drinks.
What does coconut water taste like?
If you haven’t tried coconut water before it does have a very unique taste. It’s hard to describe as there is nothing I can compare it too, it’s thicker than tap water and a bit sour, which doesn’t sound appealing but personally I love it. If you are not keen on the original taste then the fruit ones are sweeter and definitely worth a try, especially as they have so many health benefits. Its’ wonderful to find a range of drinks that are naturally good for you and taste delicious.
Having tried all of the flavours my favourite two are the peach and the café latte, absolutely divine. They are refreshing, nutritional, thirst quenching and hydrating, everything you need from a drink. I also love how these come in 330ml cartons with screw tops so you can drink them on the go and as coconut water is great for hangovers I highly recommend you take them with you when you have a night away or head to a festival!
If you are looking for a drink that is natural, tasty and offers up health benefits then coconut water is worth a try. If you like the idea of having additional flavours to choose from or you want to encourage your children to get the benefits of drinking coconut water too then the Vita Coco brand is a perfect place to start. As well as creating coconut water drinks they also have coconut oil which can be used for cooking or applying to the skin. The coconut really is a wonderful fruit!
(We were sent some Vita Coco products in exchange for a review).
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