No, that’s not how it goes? Well, it should go that way because darnamit if pineapple juice doesn’t make coconut water just a little easier to swallow. In my experience, coconut water is a bit of an acquired taste. A little salty, a touch coconut-y and a touch acidic, I’ve heard some compare the taste—rather viscerally, so prepare yourself—to upchuck. While that “taste” is certainly beyond gross, I’ve always thought coconut water wasn’t too terrible to drink as long as you were A) really thirsty after a hard workout or B) weren’t paying that much attention to the flavor. So, yeah, not a ringing endorsement taste-wise by me, but it’s worth chugging some down for the health benefits of coconut water.
Health Benefits of Coconut Water
- It’s high in potassium (more than a banana!). It’s also a good source of other electrolytes, making it great for hydration.
- Coconut water is natural. Unlike Gatorade, which you know, isn’t.
- It’s high in cytokinins. Cytokinins have a positive influence on human cells and tissues and make help prevent cancer.
- Madonna and Rihanna drink it. Okay, this isn’t a health benefit, but it’s interesting.
While some have doubted coconut water’s health claim that it’s the perfect workout-recovery drink, I’d still rather drink it than some high-fructose corn syruped up drink out of vendoland after a long workout, even if it doesn’t have the perfect value of this to that. So, when Vita Coco asked if we wanted to try its new flavor—Vita Coco Coconut Water with Pineapple—I said yes, thinking, “Maybe this is the taste-answer to my coconut-water woes!”And, in a nutshell (get it? Ha!), it was.
The Vita Coco Coconut Water with Pineapple had just a hint of pineapple and extra sweetness that covered up some of the slightly off-putting flavor of the usual plain coconut water. And even though this fruitier kind has more calories than the plain variety, I thought it was totally worth it for the taste. One container of the pineapple coconut water still has just 60 calories, zero fat and 16 grams of sugar. In addition, a serving contains 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C and 8 percent of magnesium.
And if pineapple isn’t your fruit-thang, note that Vita Coco just came out with a new flavor, Vita Coco Tropical Fruit. A blend of coconut water, pink guava, pineapple, orange and dragon fruit, it’s pretty much a tropical coconut-water party just begging you to join it. (I wonder how it would taste with rum…) While I don’t drink coconut water of any kind (or rum, for that matter) every day—only after really long workouts or after I’ve been in the heat sweating it out for hours—I certainly think it’s worth trying if you’re curious about the health benefits of coconut water. Or if you, like others, have found coconut water to taste a little too, ahem, natural.And the best part? It’s so fun to sing the song when you drink it! —Jenn