What is it?
This is a raw (& organic) coconut water drink i.e., it has been heated (although what I couldn’t find exactly what temperature they keep their process under).
Coconut water is the liquid in the center a coconut (it’s mostly water with a little bit of sugar and minerals from the coconut). So, if you cracked a coconut in half, it’s the water-like liquid that would splash out.
Note that coconut water is different to coconut milk, which comes from the meat of the coconut and is high in fat.
Is raw better?
I’m not huge into raw foods – yes, it’s often more nutritious because cooking does destroy some of the vitamins and minerals as well as the antioxidants, but cooking also helps us absorb more of the nutrients. But, I love trying random new foods, so I picked one of these drinks up in Whole Foods despite its rather hefty price tag.
How is Harmless Harvest Coconut Water different to other coconut waters?
Regardless of whether you’re into raw foods or not, this drink just tastes better than other coconut waters.
I drank a ton of coconut water straight from the coconut when I lived on the tropical island of Hainan (it was about $1 for a fresh coconut!), and this tastes really close to that fresh unadulterated taste. It just tastes clean, refreshing, clear, and pure. Definitely the best coconut water I’ve had from a bottle!
And in case you’re wondering if someone paid me to write this post, no one did! I just happen to like this coconut water that much, and I wanted you to share it with you!
Why are some of them pink??
I was really freaked out the first time I picked a pink one (the coconut water was really pink!). But rest assured, if yours is pink, it hasn’t gone bad or been tampered with. Harmless Harvest’s website states that: “some bottles turn pink with time due to varying levels of antioxidants, or phenols, interacting with light.”
Where can you buy it?
I’ve seen it sold in the US in Whole Foods, some delis, and restaurants like Hu Kitchen. I’ve also heard that some Costcos sell them.
If you don’t have access to Whole Foods or Costco, then you can buy them on Amazon here (it costs more because they have to ship it with cold packs).
How much is it?
In Whole Foods in New York City, a 500ml (approx. 16 oz) bottle costs $4.99. The 250ml (8 oz) costs a bit less. Other brands of non-raw coconut water typically costs $1.99-2.99 for a 500ml bottle, so there is definitely a premium to be paid here.
Is coconut water Paleo?
The short answer is: sort of, as long as you’re not drinking a ton (since there’s a fair amount of sugar in coconut water). Here’s what Mark and Chris think about coconut water:
Mark Sisson says: “Primal, but kinda sugary, so go easy on it unless you’re in Thailand sipping on fresh young coconuts (because there’s nothing quite like cold coconut water straight from the coconut), nursing a hangover, or training hard and need the hydration.”
Chris Kresser says: “Coconut water has a good mix of electrolytes and simple sugars to aid in sports performance, though extra salt may need to be added to some brands that are lower in sodium to optimize rehydration.”
What do you think of Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water?
What are your thoughts on this Paleo drink? Let me know in the comments below.