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Low in sugar

Happea BARISTA contains only 1.5 grams of high quality beetroot sugar per 100 ml. Great, right?

Happea ORIGINAL contains only 2.3 grams of high quality and therefore less processed cane sugar. Even better, Happea VANILLA and Happea CHOCOLATE contain slightly more sugar, but still less than several of their counterparts available on the market. That is also pretty great!

Rapeseed oil

Happea has chosen rapeseed oil for a reason – to provide macronutrient support! In other words, this is a source of energy.

The oil is pleasantly mild in its flavour and helps us to keep the product neutral. Rapeseed oil is high in beneficial fatty acids, providing many monounsaturated fats and only little saturated fats.

Even better, it is an excellent source of polyunsaturated fats, it provides a good ratio from omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic acid) to omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) fatty acids.

We added some vitamins for you!

Vitamin D is a must!

The Vitamin D balance stores typically do not last throughout the winter season, and at European latitudes the sunlight is not strong enough during the wintertime to produce satisfactory amounts of vitamin D for humans.

Individuals who are housebound or who dress to cover their skin are at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Vegans and vegetarians who limit their intake of animal products may be at greater risk for a vitamin D deficiency than non-vegetarians and non-vegans. Foods that are providing the highest amount of vitamin D per gram naturally are all from animal sources.

Ergocalciferol (vitamin D) in Happea comes purely from plant-based sources. Adequate Vitamin D consumption is super important for maximising calcium absorption. Luckily, vitamin D can also be found in fortified foods such as plant-based drinks.

B12 is here!

Everyone who follows a plant-based diet that includes no animal products may be vulnerable to B12 deficiency and need to supplement their diet with vitamin B12 or foods fortified with vitamin B12.

Happea is a great source of the vitamin B12.

Added minerals


Achieving an adequate calcium intake is vital to the human health.

There is still a lot of misinformation about vegan diets, including the myth that people need to consume dairy products in order to get enough calcium. Sufficient quantities of calcium are also found in many plant-based sources, in fact Happea is richer in calcium than cow milk.

The bioavailability of calcium from plant sources depends on the extent to which oxalates or phytates are present (both inhibit the absorption of this mineral).


It has been suggested, that vegetarians and vegans may need to consume nearly double the amount of dietary iron as meat-eaters. European studies report that actual iron intake is frequently higher in vegan diets compared with other diets. However, it is the bioavailability of the different forms of iron that needs to be considered.

Iron is often mentioned as a critical mineral for vegetarians and vegans, and to avoid such common deficiencies, we have therefore fortified our Happea plant-based drinks.


Not all vegetarian categories impact the zinc status to the same extent despite the fact, that zinc is not found in large amounts in plant based foods. However, nutrition scientists have described some discrepancies of a zinc status between meat eaters and different types of vegetarians.

Phytates, which are commonly found in plant foods, reduce a zinc absorption, and some researchers have suggested that this increases the zinc needs of vegetarians by up to 50%.

To support vegetarian and vegan needs for micronutrients, we have fortified our Happea plant-based drinks with zinc.

Gellan gum

It is a microbial polysaccharide, made out of bacterias found in nature. Gellan gum (E 418) is authorised as a food additive in the European Union (EU).

Why did we add it?

It is used for its gelling properties. Gellan gum enables consumers to enjoy particular products without consuming animal-based gelatines (alternative to agar).

Our dictionary may help you with some explanations … so here you go!

Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones, muscle and teeth function. It also contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.

Ergocalciferol is a fat-soluble vitamin, also known as vitamin D2 and calciferol.

Essential amino acids are key parameters in food quality assessment. They cannot be made by the body and they must come from dietary source. The 9 essential amino acids are: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.

Iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin, normal function of the immune system and reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Lysine is one of nine essential amino acids in humans required for growth and tissue repair. Lysine is supplied by many foods, especially red meats, fish, and dairy products.

Macronutrients - refer to the three basic components of every diet — carbohydrates, fat, and protein. 

Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals which are required in very small amounts in the diet but are still necessary for normal body functioning. 

Monounsaturated fatty acids are a healthy type of fat, providing essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins - so they’re an important part of your diet. They are mostly derived from plant oils and are classed as "good" fats; they are found in olives, olive oil, nuts, peanut butter, and avocados.

Omega-3 fatty acids belong to family of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The three main Omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA); They have important benefits for heart, brain and metabolism. They are found in fish and other seafood, nuts, seeds and plant oils.

Omega-6 fatty acids belong to family of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats are primarily used for energy. The most common omega-6 fat is linoleic acid, which can be converted into longer Omega-6 fats such as arachidonic acid (ARA). A lower ratio of Omega-6/Omega-3 fatty acids is more desirable in reducing the risk of many of the chronic diseases. They are found in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

Oxalate comes from its formation in the body, some is derived from the food we eat. Oxalate is generally not found in animal products while many plant foods are moderate or high, and some are extremely high (such as spinach, beets, beet greens, sweet potatoes, peanuts, rhubarb). One of the main health concerns about oxalate is that it is an antinutrient - it can bind to minerals in the gut (e.g, calcium) and prevent the body from absorbing them.

Polysaccharide are made up of many monosaccharide molecules (simplest carbohydrate molecules- usually glucose), joined together. 

Phytate is a salt form of phytic acid - natural substance found in plants (nuts, seeds, grains and pulses). It is an antinutrient as phytic acid has a strong binding affinity to the dietary minerals, calcium, iron, and zinc, inhibiting their absorption.  Plant-based or vegetarian eaters tend to consume more phytic acid than omnivores, therefore it increases the mineral needs of vegetarians and vegans.

Saturated fat is fat that contains only saturated fatty acids, is solid at room temperature, and comes chiefly from animal food products (the highest levels of saturated fats can be found in meat products, dairy products, many processed foods, such as cakes, biscuits, pastries, and chips, as well as coconut oil, palm oil, and cocoa butter). Saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood.

Vitamin D - It contributes to normal absorption of calcium and phosphorus, normal blood calcium levels, and maintenance of normal bones.

Vitamin B 12 contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism, the normal function of the immune system, normal functioning of the nervous system and supports the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. 

Zinc contributes to the normal function of the immune system, normal macronutrient metabolism and zinc has a role in the process of cell division.