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Company Review: Harmless Harvest – Raw, Never Heated, Certified Organic Coconut Water

Harmless Harvest – certified organic, raw, never heated coconut water
in business since 2011

I have been drinking coconut water for at least 5 years, but could never find the pristine, raw and organic product on the market. I refused to buy the coconuts in the stores that are wrapped in plastic. Why, you ask? In case you didn’t already know, they are not pure in the state that they are in. A young coconut grows on a tree and the shell is a green color and has a smooth surface. The ones you see in all stores are stripped of the hard shell and are a rough white surface. In nature, coconuts are the purest water of all (besides water you can get directly from a spring), as no one has done anything to it. Once you strip the hard protective green shell it becomes prime fodder for bacteria, mold, etc. to get into the water.

Since I would not buy the plastic-wrapped coconuts, I looked for a packaged products. When I was at Expo West a few years ago, I discovered a company (the first one to come out on the market) that was packaging the pure young coconut water in aseptic containers. I was so thrilled that I could finally drink coconut water! I did’t have to worry about bacteria, or mold in the water. I met the owners and found out more about how they got started on their journey with the company and the product. I am happy to have found them and then started using the coconut water for my cleanses. I even did a 42 day cleanse with coconut water beginning in December 2009 and started my blog because of it (you can check out in the archives of this blog for a day-to-day account of my experiences). Most people have never embarked on a 42 day cleanse, but I wanted to, to prove that it can be done.

Disclaimer: I don’t recommend you try this lenghty cleanse unless you are a long time cleanser and know what you are doing, as well as consult with a health practitioner and do it under supervision – I have been fasting/cleansing since 2004. I advise you to educate yourselves adequately and seek advise from a qualified health professional/specialist before embarking on any program like this, especially if you have any current conditions and have never fasted/cleansed before. I recommend trying it for one day a week if you are starting out. If you are looking to do a long term cleanse/fast please do so at a cleansing center that can support and monitor you so that you don’t put your self/health in jeopardy. The information contained here, is not intended as a diagnosis, cure or treatment for any disease or ailment. Neither I, nor Harmless Harvest, their employees and associates accept liability or responsibility for any adverse consequences you might encounter in using this product or if you decide to do a cleanse on your own.

What most of the companies are doing (yes, there are now numerous companies bottling/packaging coconut water from locations in Brazil, Thailand, Phillipines, etc) is pasteurizing their product because of the chances of bacteria getting into the coconut water. What this does is destroy the enzymes, but not the minerals (as minerals need very high heat for long periods of time to be destroyed and the method used is very quick, less then a second). As a result, I always looked for other companies that had coconut water, most were heated and not organic. I did discover one company producing organic coconut water in a can, but was pasteurized. Then I found another one that was raw and organic and was brought in frozen to the stores. It was more expensive, but I wanted to try it anyway. I found that the shelf life was very short and it went sour on me in only a few days.

Back to the drawing board, so to speak. I continued on my quest/search for the best and purest coconut water on the market (that is next to getting one off the tree, cracking it open and drinking it with a glass straw). Whenever I would go to any of the stores that carry a myriad of coconut water brands, I would look for a company that is doing it “right.”. Finally, I was in a Whole Foods Market and decided to go down the aisle where they had water and coconut water for sale. EUREKA! I finally found it! There was a bottle from a company called Harmless Harvest. I read the label on the bottle and knew this was the “real deal.” I didn’t buy it because I wanted to do my research first on the website to make sure. I was very impressed with what I read and the details about how the coconuts are taken down from a tree and transported by boats, etc. A high pressure process is used, so the water is never heated. OK, now I was completely sold. The only thing that bothered me was the use of plastic bottles. I decided to call the company and had a long discussion with one of the employees. I understand that they could not use glass with high pressure, because it would shatter. I also liked the fact that the owners didn’t just settle for the first source they found for coconut water. The fact that they had high standards, like I do, made sense.

I decided to email them my information about who I am and what I do because I wanted to be able to use their product for my coconut cleanse, so I can evaluate the difference between their product and others I have consumed. I called again and found out they would be at Expo West 2012. I would get a chance to talk to them personally and mention what I’d like to do. Well, it came to fruition. I talked to Justin, one of the founders/owners and he was on board to provide me with coconut water for my next cleanse. I finally tried the Harmless Harvest coconut water and I was HOOKED!

I received my coconut water for the cleanse I did this June from Megan-thanks! I had enough for a few days of my cleanse (so you know, I drank 6 bottles a day/48 ounces). I had already done a week on alkaline water (check back to my testimonial on Carlsbad Alkaline Water that I blogged about the end of February 2012) and now in my second week was adding the coconut water. The coconut water was fantastic. The taste was smooth, sweet and satisfying. I had a abundance of energy and didn’t have the need to drink as much water. This water, isn’t heated compared to most of the others, and is filled with enzymes, as well as, minerals (even when pasteurized, the minerals are kept intact because you need very high heat for a long time to destroy them, but not the enzymes). This is what, I feel made the difference for me. It is also one of the only ones that is certified organic.

Now, since I didn’t have enough coconut water from Harmless Harvest for the 7 days, I had to resort to using another brand for the other 4 days. Actually, this was a blessing in disguise! How so? Now I would be able to really compare the two brands to see the difference. The most noticeable difference, was in the taste. It was not sweet and had an after taste and made me burp. Besides that, I noticed that it would make my throat dry and would not go away, ever. I also noticed that I didn’t not have the same energy level and had to drink more water. I felt that the lack of enzymes had a large part in how I was feeling and wasn’t organic. I also don’t know how it is sourced or the method they use to get the coconuts from the trees. All this makes a difference as to how the coconut water will taste (and it matters to me tremendously!) and affect how you feel.

Once you taste the best, purest, sustainably-harvested and truly ecological product, such as what Harmless Harvest has done, it is hard to choose any other product. Forget about the cost, that is not the issue. You get what you pay for! Coconut water is great fuel for you body – “Nature’s Gatorade.”. It is full of electrolytes that are important for the body and can be consumed before, during and after exercise. It has many other benefits to the body and I highly recommend you read more about it in this book, “Coconut Water-for health and healing,” by Dr. Bruce Fife (I have it!).

Now you know that if you search for the best, you can eventually find it! It takes time and research. Just like the owners of this company searched long and hard to find something they believed in that was pure and true to their beliefs. They have nothing to hide and neither do I! Don’t compromise when it comes to your health and wellness.

To read more about Harmless Harvest, check out the link on the right-side of this post under the column titled Blogroll

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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