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Our Picks for Best Coconut Water

Ditch the sports drinks and try nature’s solution to hydration

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October 13, 2021
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These coconut water options are the next best thing to drinking it straight off the palm tree. Pixabay

Nothing quite captures the feeling and taste of an island holiday like imbibing fresh coconut water. Watching the deft hands cut the husk from a fresh coconut, opening the top, then putting the straw into the refreshing beverage is one of the most delectable tropical treats.

Vita Coco Coconut Water, Pure Organic | Refreshing Coconut Taste | Natural Electrolytes | Vital Nutrients | 11.1 Oz (Pack Of 12)

Post-workout hydration

Coconut water is loaded with potassium and magnesium, which both help muscles and nerves function at their optimum. Vita

When you’re tired of water but want to avoid lots of sugar, calories, or chemicals, coconut water is a satisfying and completely refreshing alternative. Because of the hydrating and nutritious moisture inside the coconut, this beverage is an alternative that should be a regular. Although we all hear about electrolytes, they’re really just minerals. Some like potassium are vital for our bodies to work properly.

Harmless Harvest No Sugar Added Hydrating With Natural Electrolytes, Organic Coconut Water, 12 Count (Pack of 12)

Close to raw

Nothing is added to this product, which is grown without chemicals or fertilizers. Harmless Harvest

You can taste the difference in this coconut water because it is not thermally pasteurized. Instead, they use a multi-step filtering process, and this keeps the fresh taste. We love how these Thai coconuts lend a little sweeter and nuttier taste to their water. Raised without chemical fertilizers, enjoy the pure coconut taste with each sip. It’s also nice to know that in those farming communities, the company gives back by providing health care, water filtration, and other needed services.

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Naked Juice 100% Organic Pure Coconut Water, USDA Organic Certified, NON GMO Project Verified, 16.9 Ounce, 12 Pack

Replenish naturally

Free of sugar, preservatives, gluten, and cholesterol. Naked Juice

Did you know that one of these large cartons of pure coconut water has more than double the potassium of a banana? That’s 950 milligrams of the vital mineral that supports complete body health. Enjoy drinking a glass to hydrate first thing in the morning or before your workout. It makes your body feel good, and since this coconut water is free of sugar, preservatives, gluten, and cholesterol, you’ll feel good about drinking it. It’s also kosher.

O.N.E. Pure Coconut Water, Non-GMO Project Verified, No Added Sugar, Gluten Free, 16.9 Ounce (Pack of 12)

An afternoon pick-me-up

So fresh you can taste that the plants were grown, opened, and processed all right at the source. O.N.E.

The screw-top closure on these containers is convenient, like having your own personal carton, and not a common feature in the coconut water world. When you consume manmade sports drinks, the processed chemicals do hydrate your body, but not as well as Mother Nature can do naturally. A great source of magnesium that’s essential for biochemical reactions, coconut water also has some B vitamins, too. Those help us with stress. It’s no wonder we feel so chill at the islands.

Iberia Coconut Water With Pulp, 10.5 Fl Oz (Pack of 24)

Extra nutrients

Even with added taste and texture, each can contains only 100 calories. Iberia

Richer, with a sweet-tart flavor, this coconut water is accentuated with real coconut pulp. We like how that adds extra nutrients and texture to this already healthy drink. Keep these in the upstairs fridge and the downstairs cooler, too. With a case of 24, you have plenty to share with the kids, the team, or your co-workers. Drink it instead of sodas, juices, or sweet teas for a satisfying and healthier choice.

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Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Islands and recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat. Islands is an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff.

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