FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The answers to some of the most common questions about Kanguru

Because Kanguru is like nothing else on the market, we get a lot of questions around how we can deliver a product that is better for you, so here you will find some of the most frequently asked questions we get. If you can’t find the answer to what you need, get in touch!

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Where to Buy Kanguru

Please visit https://www.kanguru.com.au/stockists/ to find a summary list of Kanguru stockists across Australia. We are also available for direct delivery via a number of channels:

We do keep the stockist list continually and regularly updated thanks to our dedicated office staff, but if your store doesn’t have it in on the shelf, please ask someone there. It’s usually that they just haven’t restocked the shelf yet or are out of stock due to the demand for Kanguru, which is good and bad of course!

If there’s not a stockist near you, please let us know and we will aim to get one in your area, or ask your favourite store to contact us direct! You can also have Kanguru delivered to your door by Amazon, eBay or through our website.

Kanguru’s price point like any product, will vary between stockists. Generally, we are priced around our competitors, but when you see the amount of ingredients in Kanguru, along with real legitimate and not token amounts of these, plus their premium nature, we are sure you will agree that Kanguru represents extreme value.

Kanguru is packed full with 13 fundamental ingredients, including only the highest quality, best-sourced and most effective, not one but five key natural premium botanicals. Plus, we source and use only the best botanicals available. That is our commitment to quality and to being the best formulated energy and vitality drink possible.

Please visit https://www.kanguru.com.au/stockists/ to find the full list of Kanguru stockists across Australia.

Nutritional Information

The botanicals used in Kanguru are very bitter by themselves, and as we have them in legitimate beneficial and not token amounts, we developed a smooth refreshing taste for you to enjoy by adding our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners (Steviol glycosides), a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium or Ace K. So, we have a well-considered unique mixture or natural and artificial sweeteners. The total carbohydrate content of the can is 1.4g/250mL. 

This is a really good question because it can easily be tied to ATP and the uniqueness and legitimate beneficial amounts of our botanicals and 6 B-vitamins; and Kanguru is after all…The Energy Currency™. However, it can also be a very complex and multifactorial one if we let it, so we will aim to keep it somewhat simple.

Energy can refer to the physical (body) as well as cerebral (mind).

Kanguru is The Energy Currency and ATP is the energy currency of life or the way that individual cells in the body store and use energy. Cellular respiration is the process by which biochemical energy from nutrients in the cells is used to produce ATP (or the cell’s energy).

Any “food", or other source of energy is ultimately converted to ATP in the cells of the body, and in this form the cells can store &/or use it efficiently. The biochemical steps associated with energy production at a cellular level involve glycolysis in the cytoplasm followed by the Citric Acid Cycle (CAC) – also known as the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) cycle or the Krebs Cycle, within the mitochondria. This relies not only on an energy source (e.g. glucose within our bodies) but also a number of other nutrients to ensure that the process runs effectively.

Kanguru is part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, and also helps to provide some of the elements necessary for the complex biochemical reactions occurring at a cellular level to run. The B vitamins are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body. Kanguru facilitates this. Further, they are essential for energy utilisation in the body.  This means that the body can adequately utilise other nutrients like carbohydrates, amino acids and fatty acids available to it without relying on Kanguru for its source of sugar.

Kanguru supplies these important components with two 250 mL cans delivering the recommended daily intake of these six B-vitamins.

Energy drinks aren't supposed to supply you with nutritional energy (calories) but to stimulate your mental and/or physical functions and encourage your body to use calories it already has.

Whilst sugar is an “energy source” in some energy drinks, many of us want to limit our calories or carbohydrates and avoid the sugary crash, preferring instead a sugar-free energy drink. With our unique blend of super botanicals and vitamins for body and mind ™, Kanguru is the smarter anti-crash sugar-free energy and vitality drink, containing the right ingredients in legitimate amounts that provide real benefits without all those calories.

Further, our proprietary performance infusion blend of five super botanicals is key in helping deliver real energy real benefits. These work individually as well as synergistically. For example, our caffeine is derived naturally from our Guarana, Yerba Mate and Green Tea, delivering a triple release and more modulated effect on the adenosine receptors in your brain, stimulating the central nervous system and giving the body a sense of alertness. Caffeine also produces increased wakefulness, improved thought-processing, increased focus, and better general body coordination. It increases basal metabolic rate and reduces physical fatigue; increases attention and alertness improves sprint, stamina, endurance and performance and has many other positive benefits.

Taurine is essential for proper skeletal muscle function and has been shown to prevent oxidative stress induced by exercise. It may help reduce stress by lowering cortisol and through GABA A receptors and it has the ability to improve resting energy expenditure. Taurine supplementation may also increase force production and improve endurance and performance in both aerobic and anaerobic situations. The combination of taurine with caffeine is ideal because caffeine provides the stimulus, while taurine has a calming affect that functions as an anti-fatiguer.

Guarana also is a stimulant, is neuroprotective and may help improve memory. It helps fight fatigue and increase exercise endurance, and may help improve short-term, high-intensity performance and power. These are just a few of the benefits.

Korean Red Ginseng also may improve memory, cognition, and immunity and help increase energy. It also assists with an increase in all three main antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase) as well as helping protect against muscle damage, amongst other benefits.

Yerba Mate also has many benefits, but on this energy question, note it helps increase mental energy, focus and mood and may increase fat oxidation. Research also shows that Yerba mate preparations can alter the concentration of members of the ecto-nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (E-NTPDase) family, resulting in an elevated level of extracellular ATP, ADP, and AMP.

Green Tea is well known to be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and can help increase fat oxidation as well as increase VO2 max (that is, facilitate increased oxygen consumption in your muscles, allowing you to do more and be more). It may also help cognition, mental alertness and thinking and decrease muscle soreness.

Schisandra has been used traditionally as a performance enhancer and can increase physical performance and endurance and may reduce anxiety. It may also be useful for reducing exhaustion and fatigue, sexual tiredness, stress, and forgetfulness as well as helping cognition and increasing mitochondrial anti-oxidation. Further, research has shown that Schisandra consumption can increase neural ATP synthesis.

The Glycaemic Index (GI) on its own can be a little misleading because portion sizes are not taken into account. Foods that contain low quantities of carbohydrates can still score highly because large amounts are required for the test - the Glycaemic Load was introduced to deal with that.

Grading is as follows:

Rating System for Glycaemic Index:

  • Below 55 - low GI.
  • 56 to 69 - medium GI.
  • Above 70 - high GI.

Rating System for Glycaemic Load:

  • Below 11 - low GL.
  • 11 to 19 - medium GL.
  • Above 19 -high GL

The total carbohydrate content of Kanguru is 0.6g per 100g. The GI is determined by measuring the area under a Blood Glucose Response Curve (AUC) over a 2-hour period for an individual following the ingestion of 50 g of carbohydrate.  The test is done after a 12 hour fast and as responses differ between people, the GI is generally regarding as an average measurement.

Kanguru has a GI of less that 2 whereas a normal soft drink has a Glycaemic Index of around 60.

However, as stated above, the Glycaemic Load is a more meaningful measure. This is calculated with the following equation - CHO per serve (g) x GI/100. This means that the Glycaemic Load for Kanguru is 0.03 (rounded) - which is extremely low.

 

Kanguru has 1.4 grams of carbohydrate, no protein and no fats.

However, the majority of our energy comes from Xylitol (a polyol, not a carbohydrate) and Taurine, some from the acidity regulators citric acid and sodium citrate (carbohydrates) and a little from other small sources.

The way in which we calculate the carbohydrate for the amount per serving is that only available carbohydrates, which are defined as sugars, starches, oligosaccharides, glycogen and maltodextrin, are included.

This energy yield is based on calculations and analysis - built primarily from the raw material specifications. A Bomb Calorimeter could theoretically be used to do the actual value as an absolute method, but this is very complicated and not done for compounded products, only single ingredients. What is done, is to complete a full analysis and then calculate the energy yield from that.

Xylitol: So, the majority of our energy yield comes from the xylitol. Whilst carbohydrate, proteins and fats are the primary sources of energy, and nutrition textbooks put it that way, in doing so it suggests that there are no other sources of energy. This is incorrect.

The same text books define carbohydrates as "chemical compounds comprising starches and sugars which yield 4 calories per gram and act as a ready source of energy for the body”.

Xylitol doesn’t fit into that definition. Xylitol’s calorific value is around 40% of sugar, less than half the “available carbohydrate” and has a GI of 7.

Chemically it is composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen so from that broad perspective one could say it is a carbohydrate, but that is very general, an oversimplification and we don’t categorise it as a traditional carbohydrate, particularly when talking about carbohydrates that are found in food, which are sugars, starches and cellulose.

As always, the "devil is in the detail"; broad generalisations and over simplifications can be problematic. Therefore, we have not included xylitol in the Nutritional Information Panel (NIP) as a carbohydrate but we have included its energy yield.

Taurine: This is an amino-sulphonic acid (and not a true amino acid as it has no carboxyl group) but for this argument let’s say even if it was an amino acid, it would still only be a building block and not a protein itself.

Citric Acid and Sodium Citrate: These are carbohydrates and are shown as such accounting for most of the carbohydrate on the Nutrition Information Panel by weight and caloric load.

The rest is really now into the minutiae.

Suitability

Kanguru is vegan friendly. The botanicals within the drink are all-natural and the taurine is synthetic (not animal derived). Further, Taurine levels have been found to be significantly lower in vegans than in a control group on a standard “American” diet. Plasma taurine was 78% of control values, and urinary taurine was 29%.

Yes, Kanguru contains no sugar, so it’s ideal for all types of diabetics, both Type I and Type II.

Kanguru contains caffeine, and under Australian and New Zealand Food regulations for carbonated caffeinated beverages, this category of drink is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.

Kanguru contains caffeine (80mg/250mL can) which is about the same amount as found in a percolated coffee (60 – 120mg/250mL cup) and is a product designed for daily consumption by adults at two 250mL cans per day. Under Australian and New Zealand Food regulations for carbonated caffeinated beverages, ‘energy drinks’ are not recommended for children. These regulations, in addition to a cap on the caffeine content, make our energy drink regulations amongst the strictest in the world.

Australian Government data released as part of a broad ranging review into caffeine paints a clear picture of where teenagers get their caffeine from. The average 14-16 year old for example gets just 3.8% of their daily dietary caffeine from energy drinks. This compares with 32% from coffee, 5.2% from flavoured milk and 4.5% from confectionery and muesli bars.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released data as part of the Australian Health Survey. This survey found that the mean intake of energy drinks across all 14-18 year olds was just 6.3mL, representing less than 0.4% of total intake of all non-alcoholic, non-dairy beverages. In this age group, just 1.7% of the entire population consumed energy drinks. This paints a very clear picture of consumption amongst teenagers.

If this still wasn’t enough to prove energy drinks are perfectly safe when consumed responsibly, the European Food Safety Authority’s recent findings state that ‘single doses of caffeine up to 200mg and daily intakes of up to 400mg do not raise safety concerns for adults. For adolescents (10-18 years), daily intakes of 3mg per kg of body weight are considered safe. For the average 70kg adolescent, this would mean an amount of just over 200mg of caffeine is perfectly safe. This equates to approximately 2.5 cans (250mL) of energy drink, well within the recommended maximum of two cans per day, as stated on all labels.

The Australian Beverages Council notes “Of course with any beverage, moderation and common sense will lead to responsible consumption. The decision as to when an older teen is ready to consume an energy drink is the same decision as for coffee. This is a discussion best led by parents around the kitchen table. To help parents and teens with that decision, the industry recently launched a website that helps people determine if the product is right for them – www.energydrinksinformation.org .

Further, as in medical care and obtaining consent, the right of the parent to decide diminishes as the child grows towards emotional, cognitive and chronological maturity. A young person is legally competent to consent to medical treatment if he or she is capable of understanding the nature and effect of the medical treatment. This is known as “Gillick competence” or the “mature minor doctrine”.

In essence, all non-alcoholic drinks are Halal unless there is some ingredient that is either explicitly Haram or presumed Haram due to evidence. Effectively, all drinks are considered Halal unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

Further, vegetarian cuisine is Halal if it does not contain alcohol.

Our botanicals are of the highest organic quality and come from only the best sources available; our taurine is synthetically derived so as to not exclude vegetarians from the benefits of Kanguru.

Plus 100% of the caffeine in Kanguru comes directly from our botanicals, namely from Guarana, Green tea, and Yerba mate.

Whilst exact details of the ingredients and processes to create our premium drink must necessarily remain our intellectual property, having been so uniquely researched, developed, and formulated, the facility in which our product is made does have Halal certification.

Sugar-free

Kanguru has zero sugar. We use our own special sweetener combination including a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, designed to deliver our refreshing smooth taste.

The botanicals used in Kanguru are very bitter by themselves, and as we have them in legitimate, beneficial and not token amounts, we developed a smooth refreshing taste for you to enjoy by adding our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners (Steviol glycosides), a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium or Ace K. So, we have a well-considered unique mixture or natural and artificial sweeteners.

In the development process of 1,982 samples we couldn’t deliver the clean taste we demanded, with real energy real benefits, without our unique sweetening formula; it’s about the taste and trying to replicate the sweetness of sugar and minimising the off-tastes associated with all other sweeteners, whether they are natural or artificial. Remember, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it‘s good for you, with relevantly, sugar-loaded drinks being the best example. Our sweetening agents have been extensively studied and more than 100 safety studies were reviewed by the FDA in approving their use as general purpose sweeteners for food. Being four years in development, we firmly believe Kanguru is the best formulated multifunctional beverage possible.

Also, when discussing “clean” vs “dirty” energy, “dirty” is referencing stimulants that leave you feeling unbalanced or off-kilter, like your mind and body aren’t in sync. Dirty stimulants can make you feel anxious, jittery and leave you feeling completely and utterly “zapped”. “Clean” energy on the other hand, provides modulated CNS stimulation and includes cognitive enhancement with a subtext of mood and motivation. This new “clean” energy serves a purpose because it helps you do more, achieve more, and be more, without the crash.

The botanicals used in Kanguru are extremely bitter by themselves, and as we have them in legitimate, beneficial and not token amounts, your typical natural sweeteners just wouldn't cut it.

So we developed a smooth refreshing taste for you to enjoy by adding our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners (Steviol glycosides), a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium or Ace K. Ergo, we have a well-considered and well-researched unique mixture of natural and artificial sweeteners.

Plus, we do also already utilise xylitol (similar to erythritol) albeit separated from the sweetener list due to food regulation technicalities, namely whilst Xylitol replaces the sweetness of a sugar, it still provides a significant energy yield to the product – whereas an intense sweetener doesn’t. This differentiates Xylitol from the intense sweeteners as prescribed in the Food regulations and hence one cannot lump intense sweeteners under the general Food Additive Class Name of “Sweetener” along with Xylitol because “Intense Sweeteners” are dealt with very specifically and prescriptively in the Food Code and there is a fundamental difference in their functionality.

In the development process of 1,982 samples we couldn’t deliver the clean taste and mouthfeel we demanded, with real energy real benefits, without our unique sweetening formula; it’s about the taste and trying to replicate the sweetness of sugar and minimising the off-tastes associated with all other sweeteners, whether they are natural or artificial including monk fruit and erythritol. Remember, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it is good for you, with relevantly, sugar-loaded drinks being the best example.

Our sweetening agents have been extensively studied and more than 100 safety studies were reviewed by the FDA in approving their use as general purpose sweeteners for food. Being four years in development, we firmly believe Kanguru is the best formulated multifunctional beverage possible.

Before artificial sweeteners (or intense sweeteners) could be added to foods and sold in Australia, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) tested them to make sure they are safe to consume.

Our ingredients all meet the safe and strict requirements of FSANZ. But don’t just take our word for it; see the Dieticians Association of Australia here:

https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe-to-eat/

Before artificial sweeteners (or intense sweeteners) could be added to foods and sold in Australia, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) tested them to make sure they are safe to consume.

Kanguru contains our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners (Steviol glycosides), a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium or Ace K. So, we have a well-considered unique mixture or natural and artificial sweeteners.

Our ingredients all meet the safe and strict requirements of FSANZ. But don’t just take our word for it; see the Dieticians Association of Australia here:

https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe-to-eat/

Before artificial sweeteners (or intense sweeteners) could be added to foods and sold in Australia, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) tested them to make sure they are safe to consume.

Kanguru contains our own well-researched and unique mixture of sweeteners (Steviol glycosides), a plant-based sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, Sucralose and Acesulphame Potassium or Ace K. So, we have a well-considered unique mixture or natural and artificial sweeteners that have been in use for decades.

There has been some concern in recent times regarding the safety of artificial sweeteners. The research that raised concerns about their safety was carried out on animals, not humans and the dosages of artificial sweeteners that were used were many times greater than it would be possible to eat or drink. So, this scenario is the same for most food ingredients.

Further, a review of studies as related to gut microbiota shows that of all the sweeteners reviewed, Stevia appears to be the most studied.

Our ingredients all meet the safe and strict requirements of FSANZ. But don’t just take our word for it; see the Dieticians Association of Australia here:

https://daa.asn.au/smart-eating-for-you/smart-eating-fast-facts/are-artificial-sweeteners-safe-to-ea

Our Botanicals

Kanguru is an evidence-blend of five natural, benefit-rich botanicals, Yerba Mate, Guarana, Korean Red Ginseng, Schisandra and Green Tea. Indeed, 100% of Kanguru’s caffeine content is delivered through our botanicals, in which it occurs naturally.

Our ingredients and the amounts contained in Kanguru have been scientifically formulated based on an evidence-based approach. Synergistic benefits between ingredients were thoroughly researched to create the best energy drink possible. If you are going to have guarana in a drink, it should be there in legitimate and not token marketing amounts like seen in many other energy drinks.

Yes, that’s correct, the herbs themselves aren’t soluble, but using our proprietary extraction techniques, the physiologically active compounds can be extracted and then assayed to provide a consistent and verifiable yield in Kanguru.

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