Why You Need To Replace

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are a poor choice if you want to sustain energy during physical activity. They lack essential active nutrients, only give a short-lived rush of energy, and are packed with caffeine, synthetic vitamins and artificial flavours.

Our innovative all-natural Sports Drink leverages the power of real food ingredients, scientifically proven to enhance performance.


How Perple Compares:

The benefits of Perple Sports Drinks

Your ideal partner for shorter, vigorous sports and exercise, lasting 1 to 2 hours. Being free from caffeine, maltodextrin & ultra-processed simple sugars means you no longer have to endure energy crashes, upset stomachs or headaches.

Perple is the only recipe that uniquely combines multiple complex carbs, BCAAs, electrolytes and plant nutrients to boost your performance.

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Why we don’t use typical energy drink ingredients.

What we had been led to believe about certain chemical compounds sustaining our endurance, can be the opposite. Worse, many can negatively impact our health, & come from GMO corn, coal tar & petroleum

The stuff that's a health hazard:

Maltodextrin (from GMO corn)

Maltodextrin is used as the main ‘energy source’ in leading energy gels & energy drink powders. It's a cheap bioengineered white powder, introduced in the 70s as a food thickener in processed foods. Like instant puds and sauces.[33]And much of it is made using GMO Corn.[34]Regulators might have considered it as safe in the past, but in the context of it being used in 'low moderation'.

But our exposure to Maltodextrin today, is higher than it has ever been. Especially with its high inlcusion in sports nutrition and drinks, which we now consume in greater quantities, and more often.

The problem is that Maltodextrin makes our stomachs more susceptible to disease, owing to changing the balance of gut bacteria. Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's or ulcerative colitis.[1][2][3]

Artificial Flavours (from Petrol)

To make synthetic of ultra-processed ingredients taste better, many producers use artificial flavours. You'll find them in leading sports drinks, and some energy gels and drink powders, but did you know they're made from petroleum.[25] [26]

Artificial Colours (from Petrol or Coal)

Food Dyes are used to give popular sports drinks their bright colours. These artificial colours actually come from petroleum and coal tar.[27][28][29]

Artificial Preservatives (from Petrol or Coal)

To preserve the synthetic or ultra-processed ingredients in their products, many producers then use chemical preservatives like Sodium Benzoate and Benzoic Acid. Toluene is key to making it, which comes from coal or petroleum and is used to make degreasers, paints & glues.[30][31][32]

The stuff that doesn't work:


Caffeine comes from coffee beans, cacao beans, tea leaves, and gaurana berry, to make it sound more exotic. But it isn’t real energy. It heightens nervous systems giving us a fake or artificial rush of energy. While this can help to drive more effort in exercise, it maxes out at one tall starbucks coffee (a 200mg dose) and can’t be sustained. One cup in the morning will last throughout the day and maximize any performance benefits. Then, to supplement at excess doses won’t necessarily give you any added benefit, and you run the risk of side effects. Such as irritability, tremor, heart-rate increases, headaches and fatigue.[8] [9] [10]


Taurine, an amino acid, is claimed to give endurance gains, improve times in sports and exercise and boost cognitive performance. Yet there is no established body of scientific evidence to support these claims. On the contrary, studies have shown there to be no performance effects. [33] [34]


There is no doubt among researchers that prolonged and intense exercise causes oxidative stress. Which in turn can result in increased muscle fatigue. Therefore, some promote anti-oxidant supplementation during exercise, to overcome these effects. Yet, after a thorough review of the scientific literature, there is little evidence to conclude that this approach helps.[11][12] In fact, we find strong evidence that supplementation can actually inhibit the body’s natural biological defences to oxidative stress. What this means is that natural adaptive responses by your muscles can be lessened, and your capacity for endurance reduced.[13][14][15] If you’re consuming well-balanced daily meals, you should be receiving adequate supplies of these anti-oxidants.

Vitamin B

There is sound scientific evidence to conclude that B-Vitamins play an important role in energy metabolism. Then, it seems reasonable that any deficiencies might lessen exercise performance. But, if you’re getting everything you need from your normal diet, excess doses above recommended upper limits, could be harmful. For instance, excess B2 can cause diarrhoea and polyuria, B3 liver problems, gout and irregular heartbeat, and B6 nerve damage.[16][17][18] When it comes to vitamins, we believe you should only supplement for known deficiencies. Otherwise toxic doses can result in serious health problems.


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Suggested use:

For team sports.

You’re a footballer, basketballer, netballer, rugby player…

Footballer as an example

1st half: In the warm-up, 20 to 45 minutes before your match starts, drink up to 1 x 500ml Perple Sports Drink. 2nd half: At half-time, drink as much of another 500ml bottle of Perple, as you desire.Training: For continuous training, lasting 1 to 2 hours, 1 x 500ml Perple Sports Drink will see you through. If it’s an intense session, drink another 500ml Perple Sports Drink in the 2nd hour.
For solo sports.

You’re a park runner (5-10km), circuit cyclist, athlete, swimmer, gym goer, skier…

Park runners and circuit cyclists.

For 1 hour to 90 minutes of activity, drink 1 x 500ml Perple Sports Drink, in the 30 minutes before you start.

Frequently asked questions.

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Is it bad to work out with energy drinks?

Drinking an energy drink before a workout can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Because the high caffeine content causes your body to get rid of extra fluid and electrolytes. Drinking too much of these high-caffeine energy drinks can also lead to irritability, tremor, heart-rate increases, headaches and fatigue. The alternative is to drink a Perple Sports drink which has complex carbs from real foods to sustain your energy, coconut water packed full of electrolytes to keep your body well hydrated and functioning well. Plus the added benefit of BCAAs to reduce muscle fatigue and boost your mental focus during your workouts.

What are the dangers of energy drinks?

The centre for disease control and prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/energy.htm) describes the potential dangers of energy drinks as follows:

  • Dehydration. Loss of too much body fluids
  • Irregular heartbeat and even heart failure
  • Increased levels of anxiety
  • Insomnia

These for the most part, because of the high levels of caffeine in energy drinks. Perple Sports drinks do not contain any caffeine. At Perple we only use active nutrients from real foods, that scientists tell us work, without the risk of harmful side effects

Why do footballers drink energy drinks?

We’re not sure they do! In many instances professional sports persons and celebrities are paid by energy drink companies to endorse their products. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they use them during their training or competitive matches. The partnerships that Perple has with Global Sporting superstars and olympians, is because of the performance merits of Perple drinks. The’yre with us because Perple Sports Drinks and Endurance Mixes work.

Collection: Sports Drinks

We’ve redesigned Sports Drinks to help you go FURTHER, FASTER, HIGHER, HARDER, HEALTHIER & HAPPIER. By focusing only on natural foods, which have all the nutrients that scientists have proven helps performance. Without using synthetic, artificial, or ultra processed compounds.

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