My new love for coconut water and why

by Polly N on February 18, 2013

I have always thought I was the odd one out because I’ve never been a massive fan of coconut water when my friends would drink it down and tell me how much they loved it. For me, it just had a funny aftertaste so I started pouring it into my green juices to top them up and make them even more hydrating. There are a lot of benefits of drinking coconut water which I shall share with you here so if you haven’t tried it, i suggest you do! But be careful which brands you try, as the quality and the manufacturing process matter. And I’ll also tell you about a new company that I have discovered and am LOVING!



Coconut water is the clear, sweet liquid with a slightly nutty taste, that is found inside young, green coconuts. Fresh coconut water has not been pasteurised and therefore contains enzymes that help to detoxify and repair the body (which I’m always a fan of!)

Here are some great facts about the coconut stuff;

  • Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, such as potassium, necessary for proper hydration (so great to drink post exercise, post enema or post diarrhoea.
  • Coconut water has a much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some fruits such as oranges.
  • It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. (These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.)

Knowing about the benefits of coconut water, naturally I have wanted to want to consume it more than I have, but because I wasn’t so keen on the taste, I backed off from the stuff….that was until I discovered Cocofina. They offer a range of flavours from just straight up coconut water to apple and blueberry, tea and passionfruit and pineapple and lime. YUM!



Cocofina pride themselves on the following factors which make their brand superior to others out there;

1. Use very narrow range and quality control for collection of the juice.

2. The juice is bottled within minutes of harvesting.

3. Although production batches are large they keep the water fresh by bringing them into production in batches.

4. They minimise exposure of air, light etc to the water to stop any degradation.

5. They have been providing coconut water since 2005 and have learnt how to choose the best raw materials for best results.

I’m a big fan as I keep them in my fridge and can either drink straight out of the bottle when I want something fruity and refreshing or I use some of it as a base to my smoothies which is great for a quick fix.

If you haven’t tried Cocofina, you should. Check out their site here


Tell me below if you like coconut water and what your fave brand is – I’d love to know.


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Theresa Bond February 18, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I was doing my online grocery shopping last night and I notices several different brands of coconut water had appeared – on further investigation, all of them except the well know costly brand were filled with additional ingredients including chemical names and sugar! I will be checking out the brand above for sure, thanks!


Kate Cohen February 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I have Vita Coco…and just read the label-I can’t believe it has sugar in. Do you get some of the same benefits from coconut milk as the water? I eat Coyo yogurts (I use them as a spread on my kale crackers!) It never occurred to me about how the coconuts are processed, even though I am very stringent about it with my food, thank you for enlightening me :)


Catherine @ The Spring February 19, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Hi Polly! I’m a Cocobella girl myself… I love the taste of natural coconut water and I dont’ want any additives… Nothing makes me feel more instantly revived when I’ve been running around or cycling on a hot day than coconut water, so I’m totally with you – the stuff is magic! For an extra boost, this is my favourite recipe – 1 serving of coconut water + half a banana, sliced (I keep a bag of banana slices on hand in the freezer) + 1 tsp raw coco powder + wizz it all up in a blender or with a blender stick. I call it my cocoa-nana-bella smoothie and it is THE MOST restorative drink I’ve ever found!

It’s such a pleasure to have found your site – I’m loving all the info you’ve got going on here!

x Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)


Thalia February 24, 2013 at 10:45 am

Hi polly,

Yes cocofina tastes so so much better than the others that I can’t drink other brands! Ps I made your pecan and goji berry flapjacks they are delicious than you xxx


Sue August 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Brilliant oost running and I drink Vita Coco too, maybe because its the only one I have seen in Sainsbury so far, it’s got sugar in it? Surely not? That’s ridiculous, will change brands and try to find yours, thanks for highlighting.


RA November 1, 2015 at 7:38 am

Vita coco says less than 1% natural sugar. Could be naturally occurring sugar not added.

At first glance the most immediate alert signal was from the 5g of sugar per 100ml in each 330ml carton and yet no fat, no protein, no fibre! Anyone who knows me and knows our philosophy at MPH Fitness understands that fat is NOT the bad guy and sugar on the other hand is the biggest threat. I immediately commented on this to the Vita team and I was assured that there is no fat in the coconut water due to the water being harvested from coconuts whilst they are rare/green and the sugar content is only from the natural nut itself. Ok, so now I am seeing more of a place for this product during the day, maybe not the way Vita intends, but definitely a place nonetheless.
So lets get down to the nitty gritty. The following nutritional content is from The Vita Coco with Passion Fruit (I am choosing this as the flavoured waters have 1g more sugar than the Pure).


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