Nocco Caribbean Review

This perfectly timed release has arrived right as we are looking to satisfy our cravings for something reminiscent of summer holidays… without the alcohol and calories. Enter Nocco. Already hugely popular and successful across Europe, they have created quite a hype across social media with their new Caribbean flavour!

First Impressions:

After seeing the drink pop up frequently on my Instagram feed, I was pretty excited to get my hands on one. Based on looks only, this is the most visually appealing energy drink I’ve ever had! The can is fun and seasonal and will hold its own in the rapidly growing sea of carbonated BCAA drinks available now.

 

Taste:

Based on the can alone, I was expecting a sweet pineapple flavour, so the actual taste threw me off a little. It was only later, after reading the ingredients, that I could really put my finger on it! The flavourings used are pineapple and grapefruit. In my opinion, it was more of a summery white grapefruit flavour than pineapple. It is quite tangy- like grapefruit. Nocco have done well to create a drink that stands apart from the crowd here and hasn’t been done before as far as I’m aware, the only thing I can think to compare it to for reference is the Passion Fruit Moose Juice drinks. It’s great to see a switch up from the usual berry or apple options!

 

Nutritionals:

At just 13 calories, coming from BCAAs and sweetener, this opens it up to pretty much everyone, dieting or not! There are added B vitamins which are a nice touch for general health, especially supporting normal energy production. 180mg caffeine, while less than a pre-workout or large coffee from your favourite café, is just the right amount to break past mid-afternoon slumps or as a quick pick me up on the way to the gym for the more caffeine sensitive. The 3g of BCAAs that one can will provide is less than your standard BCAA supplement which we would expect to provide 5g+, but is a nice little addition to keep things ticking over between meals for optimal protein synthesis. I would take this drink simply as a refreshing beverage which is arguably ‘healthier’ than an energy drink you’d pick up from a local petrol station. The dosages don’t warrant it to come under the supplement bracket in my eyes.

 

Final Thoughts and Rating:

I would have liked this to have been more heavily sweetened although I’m sure others who prefer citrus/tangy flavours would disagree! A good one to have by your desk when you need a little something to keep you going.

8/10

About the Author

Savannah Westerby, BSc Sport and Exercise Nutrition. IG:@savannahwesterby
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