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I know coconut water has become really popular but I had never tried it prior to sampling INVO. I've used coconut oil to moisturize my hair and skin, so I already knew about the benefits of coconuts in general, but INVO takes it to the next level.
Coconut water contains five essential electrolytes to keep you hydrated and as much potassium as one banana. I know a lot of people prefer it as a post-workout drink for these reasons. The INVO coconut water is low in sugar and 99% fat free, too. They use high pressure processing (HPP) to create their waters, which is a cold pasteurization technique that inactivates naturally-occurring bacteria, yeast, and molds from foods, ensuring you get a truly fresh-cracked coconut product!
Another thing to love about INVO is that they use sustainable farming principles. The coconuts they use have been sustainably farmed in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia for centuries, and are wholly utilized. Not only do they extract the water for their juices, but they also process the meat into oil, cream, and various other foods. Their Young Coconut Nursery Program has provided 60,000 nursery trees to local growers as of May of this year in Thailand, and each year they plan to distribute 120,000 trees and plant 1,200 acres!
So clearly INVO is a conscious company that promotes sustainability and giving back to the communities in which they harvest their coconuts, but what about the actual products?
I received the Pure and Tropical waters to try. I've been using water and juice interchangeably because they're both. I guess the coconut water is actually a juice. Anyway, as you can see from the ingredients list above both are made only with coconut water and fruit juices. One bottle is one serving, so 100 calories for the Tropical and 80 for the Pure bottle is not too bad in my opinion, especially if you're drinking these post-workout.
I tried the Tropical water first and I loved it. It has pineapple, mango, and passion fruit juices as well as the coconut water and it's absolutely delicious. Mango is my favorite flavor of anything and I could taste it the most out of the other three juices. It didn't take me long to finish the bottle.
Like I said in the beginning of the post, I had never tried coconut water prior to now, so I wasn't sure what to expect with the Pure water. The one I received was crystal clear like regular water, but over time it can take on a pink hue, which is perfectly normal. This didn't taste like what I was expecting, which is to say a sweet coconut flavor like I've had in candy bars or cookies. It's much more subdued and a bit hard for me to describe. It has a flavor for sure, so it's not like drinking water water, but it's unlike anything I had tasted before. I have to admit, it caught me off guard at first. The best way I can describe it is slightly sweet and a little tangy. But if you've had coconut water before I'm sure this will come as no surprise!
Bottom Line: I thoroughly enjoyed both the Tropical and Pure INVO Coconut Waters and I definitely recommended them. They're great at hydrating your body inside and out and are an excellent post-workout drink. I also love that INVO does so much to promote sustainable farming, too!