WHAT IS COCONUT WATER?
So what exactly is coconut water? How do they make coconut water? Is one brand better for you than the other? Why are there so many different varieties? What does coconut water taste like?
Coconut water is as advertised - water from a young coconut. The process from getting coconut water into the store and into your hands can be as simple as boring a hole through a young coconut and extracting the water and meat. There's likely more science in factories that contribute to the mass production process but ultimately the only way to get water from coconuts is to open them in one way or the other.
Coconut water brands vary not only by name but taste, packaging material, ingredients, and purity. Amy & Brian Original Coconut Water (without pulp) only uses a single ingredient in their product - young coconut water. They do have one major competitor however who uses at least two ingredients - none of which is actual coconut water. Essentially, they are selling water and "natural flavors." Amy & Brian don't add vague ingredients - they choose to produce real, actual, 100% coconut water.
So is one brand better for your body than the other? Certainly. Many of these "fly by night" companies are jumping on the bandwagon and producing "coconut water" with so many other ingredients. The easiest way to tell is to pick up a can (or carton) and look at the ingredients. The more ingredients in "coconut water" the more phony the product. Just as you would expect to buy bottled water have it contain only one ingredient, you should expect the same with coconut water. You shouldn't have to decode the label and you should be able to easily pronounce the ingredients if there happens to be more than one. Amy & Brian for the record, only use a single ingredient - which is why it's preferred by many people over other brands.
At some stores, there are dozens of varieties of coconut water. I don't blame manufacturers for trying to meet the demand for certain taste buds. I do however blame some of them for their phony ingredients. When they start to use "natural flavors" as an ingredient, that could be interpreted as "the right mix of chemicals to fool you." Amy and Brian use 100% real ingredients - nothing from concentrate or "natural flavors" mumbo jumbo - just real, 100% pure coconut water.
If you've never tried coconut water and want to know how it tastes (without actually drinking it), I can only describe it as like drinking a coconut with a more mild flavor but also pleasantly sweet. If you're curious and you want to try real coconut water, I recommend first trying the Amy & Brian brand coconut water. For one, it's actual coconut water - so you won't try putting fake ingredients into your body. Second, you'll get a good guage of what coconut water should taste like. Afterwards, feel free to sample others and you'll likely soon go right back to the best coconut water.