Add coconut water to your cooking arsenal with these favorite brands.
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As with wine, cook with coconut water that you like to drink! The brands vary in flavor, depending on where the coconuts came from. Some are bright and sweet; others are delicate and mild. Brands that source from Southeast Asia tend to have cleaner, brighter flavor.

To gauge how the water might impact your dishes, check the sugar; it typically ranges from 8g to 14g per 8 ounces. Here are cookbook author and culinary instructor Andrea Nguyen's top three choices:

Harmless Harvest

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Pricey, but the clean, fresh flavor is worth it. It comes from Thai coconuts, which are supposedly the best in flavor, and undergoes a multi-step microfiltration process to preserve flavor and inhibit bacteria.

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Taste Nirvana

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Really good, mild flavor. It’s available in glass bottles and cans; I like bottled better. The version with pulp adds extra coconut flavor and textural interest. This brand has the least amount of sugar of the three.  

Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value

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A good value with great flavor, despite the fact that the coconuts come from all over the globe—not just Southeast Asia. It’s slightly sweeter than the others, but still refreshing.