Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks
For those of you really missing juices in your diets, we would like to suggest Ocean Spray Light Cran-Grape Juice. Cranberry juice is often criticized for its bitter taste, and the common answer from most providers is a juice mix. Ocean Spray really got it right with this combination. We highly recommend this juice to those who cannot tolerate the high carb count of most traditional juices, but would like the health benefits of drinking more juice.
Serving size is eight ounces, which includes only 40 calories. In each serving you will also find 30mg of potassium and 75mg of sodium. The juice is sweetened with Splenda and 10 grams of sugar. Given the many health benefits of cranberries, and this juice’s great taste, we think this a worthwhile compromise!
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks
Sugar free cookies make up a fairly small portion of the cookie market. That’s why it’s always a pleasure to stumble upon a fine cookie like Joseph’s Sugar-Free Pecan Shortbread Cookies. This sugar-free version of a cookie classic is a crisp, great tasting snack. Though smaller than your garden variety packaged cookie, the one thing that’s not small is the taste.
We noticed several interesting things about the packaging of Joseph’s cookies. The bag is without the normal “tray of cookies”. Probably because the cookies are not large enough to stand up in trays, but The Glucoholic has always found these trays to be an annoyance when trying to reseal and store cookies, and a royal waste of plastic. The bag also tells the story of Joseph and his quest to create cookies that diabetics can eat. Almost hidden on the side of the bag are instructions for making the cookies more soft, which surprisingly enough reduces to “wrap it in wet paper towels and put it in the microwave for 15 seconds.” Of course we had to try this out. The process does not produce hot cookie sheet softness, but the cookies were softer than right out of the bag. Try it for yourself!
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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
For months The Glucoholic has been asked “Hey The Glucoholic, when are you going to review Stevia, the natural no-carb sweetener?” We’ve always kind of planned on doing a Stevia review, but frankly the controversy over the status of Stevia in the United States and Europe has kept us on the sidelines. More on that later. Well no more, as one of The Glucoholic’s most trusted informants contacted us today and said that Stevia had been used as a sweetener in a recipe on the NBC show The Biggest Loser. If it’s good enough for prime time network television, it’s good enough for us!
You can find Stevia in many health food stores as a dietary supplement. It is derived from the Stevia rebaudiana plant and is normally sold in a highly concentrated liquid or in powder form. Whole Foods Market is probably the most popular retailer of Stevia products. Concerning the controversy, the FDA has to date refused to grant sweetener status to Stevia products. Now the slightest of research on the old internet will give a conspiracy theorist a headache, but we’re inclined to let the Stevia lobby do all the work and we’ll just be happy and review this “dietary supplement” since it’s available today.
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Monday, February 4th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The first thing one notices about Boylan’s Diet Root Beer is the classic brown glass bottle. Raised letters and painted logos serve to remind the consumer that Boylan has been around for a while. Vintage bottles like these always add something to the experience of enjoying a root beer.
In the taste category we give Boylan a high score for its authentic root beer taste. We here at Glucoholic have always believed that root beer should have a little bite, not taste like an overly sweetened children’s cough syrup. This root beer has a sharp taste and is perfectly sweetened with sucralose. The first few sips almost hint of a slight aftertaste, like the mixture of sucralose is a little lean. By the end of the bottle it seems more like one of the other ingredients lingers to give that initial sensation. A pleasant surprise was that this eventually became one of the longest lingering root beer flavors of any root beer we’ve reviewed. We would say that it is certainly competitive with Stewart’s Diet Root Beer.
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