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At Coconut Water Australia we’ve had a lot of queries bouncing around lately as to whether kombucha is better than coconut water and vice versa. Considering we’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of coconut water and kombucha we can definitely weigh in on this debate. The first point we need to consider is what the primary purpose of coconut water is and what the primary purpose of kombucha is. So let’s break down the benefits of both drinks…
- Re-hydrates your body with nutrients after moderate to high intensity exercise.
- Exceptional mixer in protein shakes, smoothies and in water to keep your body more hydrated.
- Keeps your energy levels and nutrients up after intense exercise.
- Safe for your children to drink at school or after physical education.
- Contains probiotics or beneficial bacteria which may assist digestion in your stomach.
- Provides a mental alertness boost due to the existence of black tea in the most common varieties of kombucha.
- A wide variety of flavours makes it easy to stay interested in tasting all types of kombucha.
- Good varieties contain very little or no sugar.
After looking at the primary benefits of coconut water and kombucha it becomes very obvious they are actually 2 different TYPES of drinks. In fact we believe coconut water can serve a purpose in your life around your exercise regimes and kombucha can provide a fix in the afternoon when you typically feel sleepy or not as energetic. Both drinks have 1 common similarity, they can both provide mental alertness.
This means coconut water is better for re-hydrating your body with essential nutrients that your body can benefit from where as kombucha is better for protecting your digestive and stomach health. Therefore you can’t compare these two heavy hitters as they are designed for 2 different purposes. We will happily admit that we drink coconut water after exercise and kombucha in the afternoon for a quick mental lift.
We hope this helps clear up any confusion on whether you should be drinking coconut water or kombucha as it’s possible to incorporate both into you life and reap the benefits of both types of drinks.
Let us know what you think about Coconut Water vs Kombucha below in our comments…
As huge fans of Cocoespresso we just discovered that you can currently get it 25% off when you order online using the coupon code “H2ENERGY”
Here are 3 reasons why Cocoespresso is one of our all time favourites
- During hot weather when it is too warm to drink hot coffee, we revert to Cocoespresso to meet our caffeine needs.
- We use it in shakes, straight up, in cocktails, on ice cream, so many uses as far as your imagination can go!
- It’s easier and more affordable to drink Cocoespresso than actual coffee.
If you’re into smoothies check out the recipe below for an idea for breakfast or morning tea…
We are always searching for the next coconut water drink and we have found one without any nasty chemicals to kick off the New Year. Clean Energy Premium Performance Energy Drink is a naturally produced coconut water based drink that primarily contains lime juice and coconut water. This cocktail of goodness is definitely like drinking lime juice but is still really unbelievably refreshing. The major ingredients in each can are listed as:
- Organic Young Green Coconut Water
- Organic Maltodextrin (from Tapioca)
- Pure Himalayan Salt
- Fresh Lime Juice (Chemical free)
This makes for a great tasting lime based energy drink that is so much better for you than other energy drinks currently on the market, which are mainly sugar or taurine. The producer Coconut Groove has also gone to a lot of effort to ensure the drink is BPA free, contains no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours. Very impressive from an environmental point of view.
What else is it in?
You can expect to take in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in decent quantities for just a drink. We can see why it’s definitely a healthy drink and on top of all these excellent ingredients and vitamins it contains Manganese, Iron, Folic Acid, Niacin, Lauric Acid and Zinc in lower quantities. You can also expect to get more energy out of each can which makes it perfect for beach or pool activities (no glass) during the summer.
How can I get the most out of it?
It is clear this healthy energy drink is designed for active people who engage in regular exercise or sport. It has just the right amount of sugar to be beneficial after exercise as well as all the other ingredients that are designed to rehydrate your body fast and to give you that extra boost during sports.
We trialled it during indoor soccer and found it definitely helps with concentration and an improved mentality during games. During the first half the player who had consumed the Clean Energy drink had kicked 2 goals and ended up kicking a hat trick by the end of the match, which was a personal best. Suffice to say they always drink it before and after the game now almost as a ritual!
We would recommend it for you too if you feel like you could be more mentally switched on or lack the mental focus half way through games due to fatigue. Please note that it will not make you feel fitter but will help get the most out of your game regardless of your current fitness level.
Great to keeping on running
On another occasion we consumed it before and after a run which helped us keep running for a longer period of time before we needed to tone down the pace. It definitely takes away the “can’t be bothered” feeling and allows you to concentrate more on your breath and we also ended up running further than we usually can probably in the same duration of time, so good overall improvements to be had with this energy drink!
If you need some variety in your before and after exercise drink then Clean Energy is also a great option. Every time we do an event or activity that has us feeling parched we immediately open a can of Clean Energy and in no time we feel back to normal again.
Our recommendation is to leave the sugar based energy drinks with chemicals behind for good and switch over to a Clean Energy drink today.
Where to buy this healthy Energy Drink
It is available from Dan Murphys.
We are asked regularly whether coconut water is good for kids to drink and noticed not a lot of coconut water is specially tailored with kids in mind. When we were contacted by H2Coco recently and asked if we wanted to try out the 200ml Lunchbox Range for Kids coconut water, we were very keen to get our hands on some to see what kids think. Up until now the range of coconut water for children specifically has been limited to one or two brands that were not readily available in local supermarkets. Additionally we were very keen to find out how they stack up to normal coconut water in nutritional value.
The lunchbox range is available in 5 different flavours:
- Troperiffic Coconut Water – Coconut water, Mango, Passion Fruit puree, Pineapple Juice
- Wildberry Coconut Water – Coconut water, Apple Juice, Raspberry Juice
- Pure Coconut Water – 100% Coconut Water
- Cocoespresso Coconut Water – Coconut Water with a shot of coffee
- Melon Water – Pure Watermelon Water
What do kids think of these flavours?
During our trial of the lunchbox range we noted that Troperiffic and Wildberry Coconut Water tastes like fruit juice and is very refreshing but not overly sweet to drink. The 200ml tetra pack is the perfect size for kids as it wasn’t too little or too much and it doesn’t pack a lot of sugar with 3.5g sugar in every 100ml which is very low compared to other juices or cordial.
If you don’t mind your child having coffee the Cocoespresso is the perfect lunchbox companion that will give your child more energy and concentration while at school. It is the perfect replacement for Coke which contains more sugar and nasties. It is however worth noting that it’s sweeter than the other lunchbox flavours.
The Melon Water is the newest flavour and was popular among kids just like watermelon is on a hot summer’s day. It’s refreshing melon taste and adequate size was popular however it is worth noting that the intense watermelon taste can become overwhelming if a lot of it is consumed in one sitting.
When’s the best time for kids to drink the lunchbox range?
We believe during recess, lunch or after a PE class would be the best time for kids to drink the lunchbox range. Particularly for kids who are into sport and exercise any of the coconut water flavours would be extremely beneficial for replacing lost fluids and to prevent dehydration during physical exercise.
For older kids however the Cocoespresso flavour would be the best choice before tests or exams to assist them with fully comprehending each question and to provide a correct answer more efficiently and effectively. It would be interesting to run a trial to see if it helps improve grades.
Another good idea for the lunchbox range is to buy them for the next party you’re hosting. They will make a great hit at any party especially when kids are running around or are simply looking for a quick drink to quench their thirst. The tetra pack will also make sure no spills occur if it gets knocked over or stepped on accidentally. This in itself makes it the perfect party drink!
So, would we recommend kids drink coconut water? Yes, if the children are physically active then it makes sense to provide a drink that will hydrate them better than water. Perfect for the beach too!
Have your kids tried any coconut water? We would be very keen to hear what they thought of it and which flavour is the best so please leave your comments below.
Considering coconut water has some serious health benefits such as being an excellent recovery drink, does the newly released range of watermelon water compare with the popular range of coconut waters available?
After managing to get our hot little hands on some H2melon Watermelon Water we now wanted to know how it stacked up to coconut water in 3 areas. read more
It’s hot, you’re bothered, and let’s face it who DOESN’T want to indulge in a refreshing cocktail in the peak heat of summer? Well my friends, you have come to the right place to source tantalising taste sensations perfect for a poolside party or a party of one.
Whilst we are in no means certified bar peeps, we have taken the liberty to source some of the funkiest coconut water cocktail recipes going around the interwebs. Feel free to use your own coconut water of choice – just make sure there is plenty going around in case we pop by.