Active Root is a ginger flavoured sports drink with no artificial additives, chemicals or preservatives. Due to its natural ingredients it’s perfect for Vegans and people on a Gluten Free diet. You simply mix it with water and take it with you when you exercise.
I’m quite partial to a bit of ginger so I was keen to try Active Root. I thought it would probably make a nice addition to my larder for a 24 hour tandem ride I’m doing in September.
Each 35g sachet of Active Root contains 32.7g of carbohydrate. This carbohydrate comes from unbleached cane sugar, and is made up of fructose and glucose. The different sources should allow you to absorb it more easily. A low glycemic index means the energy is delivered at a steady rate.
You do have to be sure to mix the powder well with water. I found particularly on a very cold day, that as I got to the dregs it was suddenly sweet where I hadn’t managed to get the cane sugar to dissolve properly. In warm weather, and shaking the bottle well in the first place, it hasn’t been a problem to get an even mix throughout the bottle.
Normally when drinks contain carbohydrates they’re quite sticky and gloopy and I find them hard to drink without getting stomach pain later on, I didn’t have this problem with Active Root. It did leave a residue when I put it in a glass for a photo, but the consistency is more water-like than some carb drinks I’ve used.
Unrefined natural sea salt helps provide essential minerals. This helps replace some of the important electrolytes that you sweat out, but also allows your body to absorb fluid and rehydrate faster. Its difficult to say whether this is a noticeable effect. Although it did hydrate me better because I drunk more using the Active Root mix than when I’ve tried carb or electrolyte mixes in the past, simply because I liked the flavour and it didn’t make me feel ill.
Now, if you don’t like ginger at all then this sports drink is probably not for you. Whilst not overwhelming, you can definitely taste the ginger. It’s not a really spicy ginger flavour, if you think along the lines of a mild ginger beer, but without the fizz, you’ll have an idea. If that sounds okay, definitely give it a go, especially if you do struggle to get along with other sports drinks. You can buy individual sachets to try it out if you’re unsure.
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