I love coconut water. The flavor just makes
me feel like I'm somewhere tropical. Drinking it
a bottle is the next best thing to drinking it from a
coconut, which I always love to do when traveling.
But I've never been quite sure if coconut water
was any better for me than regular water.
So I was quite intrigued when I found out that
one of AmateurGolf.com's newest "Tour"
members, Mark Sider, was the co-founder of a
company that makes a coconut water-based sports
drink called "Greater Than." We're going
to do some sampling at a few of our events like the
upcoming La Costa Classic. But I couldn't wait for
that, so I ordered a 36-pack. I got 12 of each flavor:
Orange Mango, Tropical Medley, and Grape Vine.
They come packaged in an environmentally-
friendly "TetraPak" in beautiful, bright
colors. Each one carries its own inspirational
"Greatness is rising up after you have
And get this, the 11.2 ounce paks are packed
with 1/2 the sugar as a standard sports/energy
drink, with twice the electrolytes. The main
ingredients are coconut water, filtered water, and
juice. The drinks are non-GMO verified, meaning no
Genetically Modified Organisms are used in their
manufacture. But none of this would mean much if
they didn't pass the taste test!
I'm pleased to say that all three flavors are a hit
with my wife and my 16-year-old son. The 36 drink
variety pack? It's almost gone. I brought six of them
out to Torrey Pines for a year-end big day of 36-
holes on foot, and they kept me hydrated and happy.
What's great is you catch the coconut water flavor,
but it doesn't dominate. So those of you who don't
like the taste of coconut water need not be
concerned. You'll get mostly the flavor that's on the
package, and I love them all. And 50 calories is
something that any diet can handle.
The Washington Post did a story on energy
drinks and called Greater Than "The Healthiest
Sports Drinks I found on the market." Not bad.
Check them out at www.drinkgt.com. Or on
Twitter @greaterthan or Instagram.com/greaterthan