Some time ago I have reviewed SoBe zero calorie punch which, however, I couldn’t recommend to you because it did contain a questionable food additive. This time I am happy to recommend SoBe Lifewater Pacific Coconut Coconut Water, low calorie beverage composed with no strange chemicals (no red segments in the DyeDiet risk diagram). What you taste are only nutrients (green) and benign food additives (yellow).
This green and yellow diagram indicates that with SoBe Coconut Water you will enjoy zero chemical risk DDFI = 0/15 = 0 and fairly good nutritional value DDNF = 15/16 ~ 0.9. Sugar content is as low as 20 g per whole bottle (compare with Coca-Cola Classic: 55 g). The sweetness you get also from Reb A nature-derived non-caloric sugar substitute extracted from stevia plant.
Potassium chloride as an electrolyte. Note, potassium chloride is included as a nutrient (green segment) whereas sea salt (mostly sodium chloride, salt is categorized, as always, as a benign (somewhat useful) non-nutrient food additive (yellow segment). The reason behind is that while Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for potassium (4.7 g) is twice the RDI for sodium (2.3 g), the abundance of the latter in our diet is so much higher that it causes a variety of health problems.
Furthermore, despite Coconut Water contains twice the amount of potassium (5% RDI in the whole 20 OZ, 0.6 L bottle) you find in Gatorade, the fake electrolyte, SoBe doesn’t even mention word “electrolyte” on the bottle. Why? Perhaps because South Beach Beverage Company is honest with you and because the potassium content is still rather low: You will have to drink 0.6L x 20 = 12 L that is 12/3.8 ~ 3 gallons a day (!) to replenish 100% of your daily potassium. Note that even less than 2 gallons of pure water is deadly for the most of us if drank within ~ 4 hours.
Bottom line. Based on the above consideration I am gladly agree with another honest representation on the bottle of SoBe Lifewater Coconut Water: “Hydration with Coconut Water.” I have tried and I want to add: The hydration is right! You can safely enjoy hydration with SoBe Coconut Water too.