A couple of weeks ago, we received an email from Big Farm PR about a new sports drink called Fat Leaf Water that would be launching its Kickstarter Campaign on June 2, 2020. No, these drinks do NOT contain beverage alcohol, but since we’re in lockdown and have nothing but time on our hands, I figured why not get the kids involved in a video review. So that’s exactly what I did…
Two boys (one is 12, the other is 15).
Before we get to said video, here’s an FAQ about Fat Leaf Water…
Q: What is Fat Leaf Water?
A: Fat Leaf Water is the first cactus-water based sports hydration beverage. It’s packed with antioxidants, electrolytes, Vitamin C, minerals and taurine.
Q: What is prickly pear?
A: Prickly pear is a cactus, a resilient super plant found in arid areas. It produces blossoms, which turns into a fruit, called prickly pear fruit. The juice of the prickly pear fruit is our main ingredient in Fat Leaf Water. It provides anti-inflammatory properties and is packed with antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and natural taurine.
Q: Why the name Fat Leaf Water?
A: The prickly pear cactus is a super plant that somehow stays super hydrated in harsh dry climates. It efficiently stores water in its large, flat and fleshy pads or leaves. Thus the name Fat Leaf Water.
Q: Is the prickly pear fruit sustainable?
A: Yes. The prickly pear cactus is a native to the Americas. It is a resilient plant that requires very little water to produce and grow. The fruit, pads (leaves) and flowers are all edible. The cactus is easy to cultivate and propagate, from seed or healthy plant.
Q: I see “taurine” as an ingredient in all your beverages. What is taurine?
A: Taurine (dubbed the “wonder molecule” by scientists) is a compound amino acid that occurs naturally in the body. It is particularly concentrated in the brain, eyes, heart and muscles and shown to improve athletic performance. Prickly pears naturally contain taurine, and we added an additional boost for an extra kick!
Q: Is your beverage gluten free?
A: Yes. All our ingredients are gluten free. The facility in which our beverage is produced is also gluten free.
Q: Is your beverage natural?
A: Yes. Our Fat Leaf Water beverages are made from all natural ingredients.
Q: Is your beverage vegan?
A: Yes. All our Fat Leaf Water beverages are plant-based.
Q: Do you locally source your ingredients?
A: Yes. All our ingredients are sourced all over the U.S. and our neighbors down south.
Q: Are your bottles plastic?
A: Yes. Our beverages are packaged in plastic bottles. We considered other materials for our bottles. We did a lot of research and found that there are environmental pros and cons with each. In the end, considering transportation, emissions and material breakdown, we believe that plastic is the better environmental choice. Our bottles are BPA free, and as you will see on the bottles, we encourage everyone to recycle!
Q: Is Fat Leaf Water Environmentally Responsible?
A: Environmental responsibility is central to Fat Leaf Water’s identity and purpose. As we will be benefiting directly from a natural resource, we feel motivated to give back to the Earth. Here are several ways that we give back:
· All ingredients are sustainably and locally sourced
· We strive to work with equally eco-conscious vendors
· We donate 1% of all profits to Conservation International
· We will continue to identify creative ways in which we can reinforce our commitment to the environment in the future
To find out what The Boys and I thought of Fat Leaf Water, click the play button on the following video:
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Many thanks to Big Farm PR for sending us these very generous samples!