How to Choose Organic Fruits and Vegetables

Eating whole, unprocessed foods is imperative to good health. We know eating organic is good for you because it minimizes your exposure to toxic pesticides but sometimes you’re not able to do all of your grocery shopping in the organic aisle. Here’s a guide to show you how to choose organic fruits and vegetables. We’ve listed the items that are most important to purchase organic and which items will do less harm to you if they don’t happen to have that special sticker.

Meet the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Fruits and Vegetables

The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes

The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination)

  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

Some of the fruit and vegetables are sprayed right before they are sent to market, making them potentially more harmful. This article does not mention the problems with GMO and the very toxic sprays used in these plants. That is the topic for another article. Sweet corn unfortunately has slipped in many cases from the clean list to the sprayed list.

Why Choose Cocos Pure? The Battle of the Brands

Coconut water has exploded in popularity in recent years, and for good reason. Often referred to as ‘nature’s sports drink’, coconut water is a wonderful source of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. The natural electrolytes in Cocos Pure help to replenish and hydrate athletes and non-athletes alike.

With rapidly growing acclaim for the highly regarded drink, vast varieties of coconut water are popping up on store shelves and saturating the market, leading to numerous questions about the nutritional components of the product inside.

We’re highlighting five practices that ensure the consistent and fresh taste and high quality that you expect from Cocos Pure:

1. Our water comes from young single-origin coconuts

Cocos Pure is made only from ethically sourced, young green coconuts, which are intact with all of its nutrient rich water. As coconuts begin to mature, the nutrients in the water begin to seep into the flesh of the coconut, turning it into a watered down version of the once nutrient abundant product. Since we harvest our coconuts before this begins to happen, when you drink a can of Cocos Pure, you are essentially drinking straight out of the belly of a young coconut and get all the benefits of its nutrients.

2. We use only fresh coconut juice, never from concentrate

Cocos Pure is a 100% pure and natural beverage made from single origin coconuts. We bottle our coconut water right in Thailand where the coconuts are grown, providing a fresh, consistent product with a natural taste. Cocos Pure is never from concentrate.

3. No added sweeteners

Cocos Pure Original contains only one ingredient: 100% pure coconut water. Because our product is made from a rare variety of Thailand coconuts, the fresh fruit juice is naturally sweet and requires no additives. Cocos Pure contains no added sugar and is gluten and cholesterol free.

4. Removal of harmful, illness-causing bacteria

We pasteurize our coconut water in a way that preserves the physical traits found in fresh coconuts while adhering to the requirements of the Food and Drug Association (FDA) and keeping disease-causing pathogens at bay. We also pasteurize because it reduces the bacteria and spoilage organisms that cause the product to sour while being able to maintain all of the integrity of the product outside of harmful bacteria.

In a lab study to evaluate the effects of pasteurization conducted by the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, it was found that processed coconut water retained similar qualities to fresh coconuts including acidity, pH and soluble solids. This mean Cocos Pure retains all of its flavour, colour and texture, along with minerals, enzymes, Vitamin C, and dietary fiber.

Studies have shown that with pasteurization, there is a clear reduction of salmonella, mold, E. Coli O157:H7, and other harmful bacteria that can grow from the juice and cause life-threatening illness. Due to previous outbreaks, E. Coli has the ability to sustain at low pH levels and refrigerated temperatures.

Coconut water is extremely temperamental and ephemeral. Once the coconut is cut open and exposed to oxygen, yeast and bacteria grow and nutrients dissipate, leaving a limited time frame for you to drink the liquid and still get the benefits. Pasteurization removes all of the harmful bacteria that begin to grow as soon as the coconut water is exposed to air, leaving behind a product with nutrients that replenish the body, boost energy levels, speed up metabolism and contains less sugar and sodium than more sport energy drinks.

5. No chemical preservatives or chemical additives

Since Cocos Pure is produced with fresh coconuts, it contains no life-harming preservatives, only 100% pure coconut water. We never use chemicals like formaldehyde or sodium meta-bisulphite, to preserve our coconuts prior to production.

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Sources:
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and Embrapa Food Technology
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Cocos Pure Ambassador Katrina Strand excels at Trans Provence

We’re extremely proud of our Cocos Pure Ambassador Katrina Strand who recently tackled not one, but two enduro bike races back to back.

Over six full days of treacherous terrain and 15,000 metres of elevation gain, Katrina rode her bike 300km over the French Alps in the Trans Provence enduro. Katrina managed a fifth place victory in the women’s category, placing 35th overall out of 74 riders. Not a week later, Katrina was off to Finale Ligure, Italy to ride in the Enduro World Series. You can read more about Katrina’s European adventures in Question, Whistler’s award-winning newspaper or on Katrina’s personal blog.

Up next for Katrina is a High Performance Conditioning Program that she built for this winter. Katrina will be coaching young riders in the areas of On Bike Coaching, Strength and Conditioning Coaching, Mental Training and Nutrition coaching.

Congratulations Katrina!

Cocos Pure Quenches Thirst at South Africa’s IFEA Conference

Above: Deena Naidoo, South Africa’s First Master Chef loved Cocos Pure

Last week Cocos Pure was at South Africa’s Premier Food and Beverage Conference – the IFEA. We had a great time meeting and interacting with everyone who came by our booth. We hope everyone enjoyed a refreshing beverage whether that was Cocos Pure coconut water or a Cocos cocktail crafted by our amazing mixologist.

Cocos Pure at the IFEA

Thanks to the organizers of the IFEA for a great event!

Natural Eats: Shop Your Local Farmers Market

Being a 100% pure and natural product, we’re huge fans of fresh, organic, and locally grown products. It goes without saying that we love perusing our local farmers markets for fresh and natural ingredients for a healthy homemade meal. Not to mention, we love supporting local producers and sustainable farming. Spend some time this weekend discovering the tasty artisanal cheeses, jams, and breads offered at your local farmers market.

CANADA

Vancouver – Vancouver Farmers Market

Vancouver Farmers Markets produce weekly Markets in different Vancouver neighbourhoods. From Trout Lake to the West End, there’s an accessible Market for everyone.

Toronto – Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market

Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market is one of Toronto’s favourite organic markets open year round. The Market runs every Thursday and offers pesticide-free produce, meats and prepared-goods.

 

UNITED STATES

San Francisco – Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is a tri-weekly farmers market at the San Francisco Ferry building.

Chicago – Chicago Farmers Market

Chicago’s Farmers Markets bring over 70 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers to various neighbourhoods throughout the windy city.

Austin – Barton Creek Farmers Market

Started on the Whole Foods Parking lot in 1997, this little market has expanded into two locations, and was voted as one of the top 10 farmers market in the United States.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg – Fourways Farmers Market

The Fourways Farmers Market boasts 50 vendor stalls with carefully curated produce and products. From organically grown vegetables, locally made cheese and cured meats to farm eggs and baked goods, there’s something for everyone.

 

UNITED KINGDOM

London – Notting Hill Farmers’ Market

This tucked away market is a favourite for locals. In operation since 1999, you can catch artisans sharing their locally grown and raised goods every Saturday.

Did we miss one of your favourites? Let us know which farmers market you frequent!

Powering Toronto People with AIDS Foundation

CoCos-Pure_464x467pxAt Cocos Pure, a passion of ours is providing a product that can enrich the lives of individuals in our community. We recently had an opportunity to share our premium coconut water with the outstanding people at the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (PWA). PWA exists to promote the health and well-being of all people living with HIV/AIDS by providing accessible, direct, and practical support services. It serves as a safe space to express concerns, and gain assistance to navigate a complex system of care.

We couldn’t be more grateful to support a cause like People with AIDS Foundation, and to know that our product will impact the lives of many living with HIV/AIDS.

Stay tuned for more updates as we share the details of the PWA’s distribution of our coconut water.

Hydrate with Premium Coconut Water at IFEA 2014

CoCos Pure Premium Pineapple 464x467Starting today, November 5, until Friday, November 7, Cocos Pure will be in Johannesburg, South Africa for the IFEA – Africa’s premier food and drink event. We’re excited to join hundreds of other exhibitors in the food and beverage industry and to be the only supplier of premium coconut water to all of the guests in attendance.

Come by, say hello, and hydrate with a sample of Cocos Pure coconut water if you are there.  You can find us at Booth G23.

Connect with us on Twitter and let us know what you think. Join the conversation on Instagram with hashtags #CocosRefresh and #IFEA2014

 

Perk Up Your Potassium with The Juice Truck and Cocos Pure

CocosPure_UniversalEnglish_PineappleOur friends over at The Juice Truck crafted the perfect pick-me-up for a rainy day:  The Avocado Pineapple. They inspired us to make a version that is easy to recreate at home if you’re not near their mobile truck or storefront. However, going for a visit is definitely worth it!

This tropical inspired smoothie is blended with only six simple ingredients including Cocos Pure Pineapple Coconut Water.

Much like coconut water, Avocado is proven to be a nutritional super food, containing more potassium per weight than your typical banana. One cup of fresh pineapple has 131% of your Vitamin C needs for the day.

Happy blending!

Recipe makes 1 serving

1 avocado, pitted
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple
1 can Cocos Pure Pineapple Coconut Water
½ lime, juiced
*raw vanilla and coconut nectar, optional