I think the first time I had coconut water was at a Vietnamese restaurant when I was a kid. Back then, coconut water was definitely not trendy. In fact, I didn’t care for it that much. As my palette has changed over the years, I’ve come to really enjoy the taste. While I would prefer a fresh, young coconut over the packaged kind, it’s not always easy getting ahold of the real thing. So with all the boxed, bottled, and canned coconut water that’s available now, I’m on the hunt for the best one. Here are a few that I’ve tried and liked:
Perhaps one day I will conduct a legitimate taste test to be a legitimate coconut water connoisseur (if I do, I will be sure to write a follow up). As an amateur, I will say that I’m not a fan of the ones that contain additives or flavors. For me, it’s all about 100% pure coconut water.
Scooping out the meat is the best part! Mmm!
Nothing beats a fresh, young coconut. Coconuts in their young stage of growth pack the most health benefits. According to Wikipedia and WebMD, coconut water is packed with potassium, antioxidants and cytokinins (anti-aging hormones). And as one of the highest natural sources of electrolytes, it’s a great way to replenish after a sweaty workout. If you’re lucky and you live by an Asian market, you can probably get a box of 9 for about $10!
Hydration and antioxidants… how can coconut water not be good for the skin? Yup, that’s me happily drinking a fresh young coconut and my skin looks pretty darn good.
Would I drink coconut water everyday? Maybe. But it can definitely get expensive and plain H2O is still the best way to hydrate. What if I lived under a coconut tree? Yes, I would drink it everyday.
Learn more: The Truth About Coconut Water
What’s your favorite brand of coconut water?