What is taurine, and is it bad?
Answer: Taurine is an amino acid. It's an organic compound. In small amounts, it's not too bad for you.
The problem is it's pushed up in large amounts and it causes nausea, dizziness, headaches, and even difficulty walking. It also has been shown to play a role in four different forms of kidney disease including diabetic neuropathy, chronic renal failure, kidney injury...
Taurine has actually been banned in France for the last 12 years because of the unknown consequences of the ingredient.
So, here's our thing:
When it comes to creating a drink that's supposed to be plant-based, herbal, and really good for you, we tried to create something in which there are no “arbitraries,” meaning, it is unclear whether it's good or bad for you. If it's unclear, it's out.
It has to be clearly good for you, otherwise we won't use it. And being that taurine is involved in kidney failure and kidney disease, taurine is completely out of our product.