Thursday, September 17, 2009

Cuckoo for Coconuts

I must have been sleeping while this new trend has been cropping up! I mean is it me or has anyone else noticed that the coconut is taking over?? There are quite a few companies that are making sports drinks and non-dairy frozen desserts with coconut milk, to name a few. One of the claims is that coconut water is an excellent hydrator. O.N.E (short for "One Natural Experience") says, "O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is 100% natural, and has five essential electrolytes (calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and sodium), more potassium than a banana (15 times the amount of potassium as most sports drinks, without the artificial chemicals found in sports drinks.), no added sugars, no fat, no cholesterol, and no preservatives. Additionally, O.N.E.™ Coconut Water is a naturally sweet, low calorie, hydrating beverage."

Vita Coco says that their sports drink has more than 15 times the electrolytes found in sports drinks and is as natural as natural gets ( just like sticking a straw in a coconut). I have not yet tried this or any of the others that are now filling the beverage shelves at the supermarket, but I have tried the coconut ice cream Purely Decadent by Turtle Mountain.

Their website explains the benefits of coconut by stating that, "Although coconut contains saturated fat, a closer examination shows that not all saturated fats pose a health problem." They also say, "Coconut represents a vegetarian-sourced saturated fat consisting of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). Scientists have long recognized MCFAs such as lauric and capric acid for their anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. The body utilizes MCFAs as energy instead of storing them as fat."
Bottom line, is that it actually tastes great! No weird after taste like some frozen desserts have (in particular rice and soy ice creams). It was light and the chocolate chips were just the right amount. I would definitely buy it again. I sampled the one in the picture above, Mint Chip.

I am going to try the coconut water sports drinks and see what they are all about and give you my review. So stay tuned!


  1. Just bought Coconut Bliss in Cherry Amaretto. Very delicious and gluten free! Try it!