Within a few days of launching these two products, many were wondering what is Guarana. I had a comment saying it sounds like some prohibited Brazilian drug out there (I also once heard our brand name sounds like some drug from the states). Some said it tastes too medicinal or artificial. Well, I think it is time to clear up the name for this Brazilian fruit!
What is Guarana?
According to Wikipedia, Guarana is a climbing plant in the family Sapindaceae, native to the Amazon basin and especially common in Brazil. Guarana has large leaves and clusters of flowers, and is best known for the seeds from its fruits, which are about the size of a coffee bean. It contains about twice the concentration of caffeine found in coffee beans (about 2–8% caffeine in guarana seeds, compared to about 1–3% for coffee beans).
How does Guarana taste?
It has a unique taste: Sweet, slightly apple-like, with a tart distinct berry & citrus hybrid aftertaste. This is an acquired taste much like Acai itself but this is the taste that the locals in Brazil enjoy.
Does Guarana affect my health?
Guarana itself does not cause health issues, however, since it does contain caffeine, high dosage of it will cause side effects just like drinking too many cups of coffee. There are various health benefits according to Healthline but here at Smoof we try not to state them unless it is proven with hard data evidence like nutritional facts.
So, if you prefer your Acai that has a unique aftertaste to your Acai, this is something you can enjoy it like a Brazilian with some concentration of Caffeine. If not you might want to stick with the pure version for the original Acai taste.