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But why have we chosen Green tea and more importantly, why and when would you use it instead of the original?
The first thing to note is that although the new flavour contains green tea, it is not in such quantities that would provide the caffeine and detoxifying benefits in a green tea drink. Rather, the benefits come in the differing taste that green tea provides.
The first of these being the light and earthy taste of green tea that reduces the sweetness of the original flavour. What we've found with a lot of sports drinks is that they are incredibly sweet which can be great early on in races or training sessions, but it's amazing how quickly you can get sick of this rich sweetness, particularly if you are taking on sweet gels and bars as well.
Instead, our Green Tea and Ginger flavour provides a more neutral taste and is therefore far more palatable when you need to fuel or hydrate, but are fed up of sweet taste, perfect towards the end of your race!
We've also found that not everyone loves the taste of ginger quite as much as we do. Our Green Tea and Ginger flavour masks the gingerness as well as nullifying the 'hot' after notes that you can get with the original flavour. But importantly, still contains the same optimal amounts of ginger to help calm your stomach and prevent bloating.
Green tea is also the perfect stomach settling partner for ginger. As much as we'd like to create all sorts of flavour blends, we are somewhat restricted by the nature, particularly the PH, of many potential ingredients. For example many fruits are very acidic and are therefore likely to upset your stomach instead of calm it.
Green tea is pretty much PH neutral and is regularly used as a remedy for stomach discomfort and is therefore a great enhancer of the stomach settling properties of ginger.
We think we've created a great partner to the Original Flavour that provides a tasty difference for those who want something less sweet or or the benefits of ginger without the taste.