Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between coconut water and coconut milk?
There’s a big difference between coconut water and coconut milk. Coconut water is the clear, electrolyte rich liquid from inside younger coconuts and contains zero fat and zero cholesterol. Coconut milk, on the other hand, is what is produced from grating the “meat” of older, brown coconuts: a white, rich liquid containing oils and fat, and often used as an ingredient in cooking and baking.
Do taste and color vary?
Yes, the taste and color of coconut water varies based on country of origin and agricultural conditions. As coconut water’s popularity has skyrocketed in the U.S., every major brand, including Vita Coco, is producing beverage products in different parts of the world. At Vita Coco, we produce in Brazil, Southeast Asia and Mexico specifically. Coconut waters from different parts of the world have variations in taste and color, and we do note that ‘taste and color may vary’ on our packaging. Regardless of the coconut’s country of origin, we strive for the freshest tasting, most delicious coconut water possible in every unit.
Why does Vita Coco add natural fruit sugar?
Vita Coco’s non-flavored coconut water beverage now includes “less than 1% natural fruit sugar” on its ingredient list. (Note that this does not apply to Vita Coco’s flavored beverages.) This addition enables Vita Coco to standardize the sweetness level of its beverages regardless of harvest, time of year, or country of origin. Depending on the sweetness of a harvest, Vita Coco adjusts the sugar level in the packaged beverage to ensure consistency of sweetness. Taste may continue to vary slightly as Vita Coco is a natural beverage made from coconuts sourced from around the world.
What is the source of the “natural fruit sugar” added to Vita Coco?
The fruit sugar added to Vita Coco’s non-flavored coconut water is natural and derived from fruit such as pears and apples. Vita Coco does not use corn-derived sugars.
Do you pasteurize this product?
Yes. Our machinery uses a patented method to extract the coconut water then filter and flash pasteurize the water at 120 degrees for up to five seconds, before packaging it in its aseptic Tetra Pak package. Only Tetra Pak™ stabilizes the coconut water and gives Vita Coco a shelf life of 12 months.
How long after I open a Vita Coco does it stay fresh?
We suggest that if you open a Vita Coco and do not finish drinking it, that you place it in a refrigerator and drink it within 24-48 hours.
How much coconut water should I drink?
We know consumers enjoy drinking Vita Coco regularly but always advise moderation. Typically, we recommend no more than two to three 8.5-ounce servings per day.
Is Vita Coco gluten free and vegan-approved?
It’s a big yes to both: our coconut water is gluten free and vegan-approved, as Vita Coco does not contain any animal-derived or dairy products in its beverages.
Is Vita Coco kosher?
Yes, Vita Coco is kosher and is Star K certified.
Can women that are pregnant drink Vita Coco?
Yes, because it is pasteurized. In fact, Pregnancy Magazine featured Vita Coco as a way for expectant mothers to “drink smart” in their October 2010 issue.
Tell me more about your packaging. What is Tetra Pak?
Vita Coco produces the freshest tasting coconut water possible by packaging its beverages in Tetra Pak, an eco- and socially-responsible form of packaging based on the use of wood fiber, a sustainable source. Tetra Pak is BPA-free. Tetra Pak helped form the Carton Council, which to date has given one in three households, in 39 states, carton recycling access. Tetra Pak was also recognized with The Presidential Award for Sustainable Development in 1996. Tetra Pak is committed to making food safer with minimum stress on the environment.