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Archive for March, 2008

Hansen’s Diet Tangerine Green Tea Soda

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Hansen’s Diet Tangerine Green Tea SodaWell it’s that time again. The time when The Glucoholic has to show his “fair and balanced” credentials and render a negative review. We don’t like doing it; but if we don’t, who will? In our constant efforts spanning the globe in search of great sugar free snacks, foods, and drinks we came across Hansen’s Diet Tangerine Green Tea Soda. The awesome can graphics impressed us, as did the nutritional information. We’re always hearing that green tea is the health drink equivalent of Blue Kryptonite, and this stuff is made with Splenda! What’s not to like?

Unfortunately, the taste. This stuff is harsh. Drinking it reminds you of your first impression of smokeless tobacco, only harsher. We’ve tasted some strong green teas before, and we were hoping that the tangerine would provide a pleasant distraction. Somehow it just seems to make it worse. If you are one of those people who loves green tea so much that you would still drink it if your only other option was to inherit a million dollars, then give it a shot. For the rest of you we humbly suggest finding another option.

Creme Savers Sugar Free Strawberry and Creme

Monday, March 17th, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks

Creme Savers Sugar Free Strawberry and CremeThe folks at Wrigley’s appear to be getting the message. People want more sugar free snacks. We had the pleasure of reviewing Wrigley’s Creme Savers Sugar Free Strawberry & Creme hard candies recently, and we highly recommend them. From the moment you pop these little treats in your mouth you feel like you are eating a thousand calorie dessert. The blending of strawberry and creme is wonderful, and a bit creamier than average, giving the candy a heavier feeling that is very satisfying.

The candies come individually wrapped. Serving size is five candies, but we seriously doubt you will need five to feel satisfied. Each serving contains 45 calories, 1.5 grams of saturated fat, 35mg of sodium, and about 7 grams of digestible carbohydrate. The product does have quite a bit of sugar alcohol, so the usual laxative effect warning is applicable.

Diet Dad’s Root Beer

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Diet Dad’s Root BeerWe’ve done quite a few sugar free root beer reviews here at glucoholic.com. In general we’ve found that diet root beers outclass their diet soda cousins when it comes to authenticity of taste. In fact, Jones Sugar Free Black Cherry Soda is the only soda we can think of that comes close to approximating it’s non-diet competitors to date. We’ve got another fine sugar free root beer to tell you about today. It’s Diet Dad’s Root Beer and it’s great!

Dad’s has a classic sweet, syrupy taste that doesn’t try too hard and we loved it for that. Dad’s chose to sweeten their diet root beer with sucralose and acesulfame potassium – a wise choice. It would be hard to find this level of sweetness with other sweeteners. Our test bottle had that wonderful fluffiness to the foam that makes you want to drop some low sugar ice cream in to make a float. Diet Dad’s contains zero of everything except 35mg of sodium. Two thumbs up for a no frills classic root beer!

Sugar Free LifeSavers Sorbets

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks

Sugar Free LifeSavers SorbetsOne of the most interesting sugar free snacks we’ve reviewed in a while is Sugar Free LifeSavers Sorbets. They come individually wrapped in cherry, raspberry, and strawberry flavors. The interesting part about these candies is that they are incredibly tart. So much so that we had difficulty telling the three flavors apart! We expected fruit flavors given the name of the product. However, the confusion over which flavor was which quickly gave way to disbelief at the amount of tart flavor these little guys provide. If you want that “fresh feeling” after a meal then we highly recommend picking up a bag and trying them out – they are not your usual after dinner mint.

Sugar Free LifeSavers Sorbets do qualify as a sugar free snack, but be careful to stay under the recommended serving size of 4 candies. They are sweetened with aspartame and 14 grams of sugar alcohol per serving. Overeating can lead to laxative effects. Normally we shy away from products sweetened with aspartame, but we’re glad we took a chance on this one. The powerful tartness covers up any bitterness that might have been noticed otherwise. Each serving contains 40 calories, and given the tart flavor we were pleasantly surprised to find 0 grams of sodium! Diabetics should manage portions and check blood sugars with all those sugar alcohols. The packaging lists the net carbs at 1 gram, but you’re more likely to see a net effect of about 8 grams of carbohydrate.