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Archive for August, 2007

Stewart’s Diet Root Beer

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Stewart’s Diet Root BeerStewart’s sodas are the kind of sodas you love to have as a treat in your favorite malt shop or burger joint. They provide a fun and tasty alternative to your usual “stuck with whichever choice the owners made between the two beverage behemoths” choices. The Glucoholic recently came across Stewart’s Diet Root Beer and jumped at the chance to sample it. The taste is not very strong for a root beer, but that’s to be expected because many root beers really seem to power up the sweetness with massive amounts of sugar. This root beer is sweetened with aspartame and really begs to be sweetened with Splenda, which would greatly improve it’s flavor and probably cut out the slight aspartame aftertaste.

Nutritionally there’s almost nothing to complain about with this diet root beer. Serving size is one bottle and that contains only 25mg of sodium and that’s it. No calories, caffeine, or anything else. If Cadbury Schweppes would just make the switch from aspartame to Splenda then this root beer would be a certified home run.

Breyers Carb Smart Ice Cream Bars

Saturday, August 25th, 2007
Low Carb Snacks

Breyers Carb Smart Ice Cream BarsThose readers who are diabetic and really have difficulty controlling blood sugar might want to avert their eyes. Are you averting? Ok. The Breyers Carb Smart Ice Cream Bars are nearing the limit of what The Glucoholic is willing to consider “low carb”. Though nowhere near a sugar free snack, these bars do taste so good that they warrant a try for those who can tolerate relatively low net carb snacks. Looking a little closer at the nutritional information might help you make a decision about whether or not this product is a healthy choice for you.

First, let’s explain what we mean when we say “net carbs.” There is actually quite a bit of controversy over the meaning of this phrase, but we like to use it in our vernacular to mean “digestible carbs that will have some impact on blood sugar.” The next thing to do is to try to put together a formula that will take the carbohydrate information from the nutrition label and convert it to some number of grams that represents “net carbs.”

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Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan Delights

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks

Russell Stover Sugar Free Pecan DelightsDelightful is what comes to mind when you put one of these candies in your mouth. These candies are so chewy that the delight seems to last forever. Pecans can sometimes be bitter and overwhelming in a candy, but Russel Stover has gotten this one right with a perfect blend of chocolate, pecan, and caramel. Serving size is three pieces, but just one is a pretty good little snack.

On the nutritional side these candies have a lot of sugar alcohol, so the usual laxative effect warning is sufficient. Three candies will get you 15 grams of fat, of which 7 grams are saturated, along with 0 grams of trans fat. You also get around 5 grams of cholesterol, 40mg of sodium, 4 grams of fiber, 18 grams of sugar alcohol, and 3 grams of protein. Food allergy information is provided on the package, so be sure to check that before purchase if you have allergies.

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Sprite Zero

Saturday, August 18th, 2007
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sugar Free Drinks - Sprite ZeroNot reaching potential. The Glucoholic’s parents heard this often around report card time so he knows a little something about the concept. Sprite Zero’s report card doesn’t sound much better. Let’s start with the basics. Sprite Zero contains zero of almost everything known to man, except for 25mg of sodium. It’s sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium. This combination makes the drink much more tolerable than diet sodas of yesteryear, and the original Sprite flavor is evident. What cannot be escaped is the unrelenting, unemotional, uncaring aftertaste of that aspartame. Even cut with acesulfame potassium the bitterness is still there.

Here’s where The Glucoholic gets to do some report card filling out of his own. Coca-Cola, this drink could have been a home run. Simply choosing to sweeten it with Splenda would probably have yielded a soft drink indistinguishable from it’s naturally sweetened sister. As driven, this drink is a potential A+ student doing B- work.

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Smuckers Sugar Free Seedless Blackberry Jam with Splenda

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
Low Carb Foods, Sugar Free Foods

Smuckers Sugar Free Seedless Blackberry Jam with SplendaSomebody get The Glucoholic some sugar free peanut butter and low carb bread ’cause we’re havin’ us some PB&J tonight! Now that Smuckers has become wise to the benefits of sweetening with Splenda we have a real alternative to all those sweet and tasty jellies and jams we’ve been missing. The Smuckers Sugar Free Seedless Blackberry Jam with Splenda flavor is heavenly and the texture is divine. Put it in the refrigerator before use and let a cool, soothing serving ease the searing heat of summer.