Archive for October, 2008
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
We’ve been looking forward to reviewing one of the Zevia line of sugar free drinks for some time here at glucoholic.com. The Sugar Free Natural Orange flavor we sampled was worth the wait. If you’re looking for something better than your typical diet soda, then order some today. Zevia is focused on providing all natural sugar free drinks that they describe as “The Natural Alternative to Diet Soda”. We think they’ve hit the mark. Zevia is sweetened – I mean supplemented – wth Stevia, the all natural “supplement” that accidentally makes things sweeter without raising your blood sugar, rotting your teeth, or making you rotund. We’ve previously reviewed Stevia right here at glucoholic.com, and think there is no better alternative for those of you who are not fans of Splenda.
We enjoyed this drink immensely. It’s not too heavily carbonated, and it only has the slightest Stevia aftertaste. We’ve always really hated the bitter aftertaste of most diet sodas, but Zevia Natural Orange seems to have just the right mix of Stevia to achieve excellent sweetness with minimal aftertaste. For those of you who don’t seem to mind the aftertaste of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi, prepare to be impressed; for you, Zevia Natural Orange might taste like pure sugar! The only improvement we would make if we were chemist would be to bump up the orange flavor without effecting the natural quality of this great drink. The orange flavor is more subtle than Sunkist for example, but still present enough to be immediately identified as orange.
Zevia Natural Orange has no sugar, no calories, no carbohydrates, no sodium, no fat, no artificial sweeteners, and no caffeine. Who could ask for better than that? We can’t wait to try the other Zevia flavors!
Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks
We recently had the opportunity to sample Werther’s Original Sugar Free Hard Candies. Slightly smaller than the orginal Original, we were glad to see that size was the only thing sacrificed when producing this wonderful hard candy. They come individually wrapped and are just small enough that only adult consumption is recommended. The taste is wonderfully creamy and has a strong element of vanilla, which we loved. Like the originals, they give the sensation of smoothly covering your mouth with caramel flavor and make a great candy for after meals. We highly recommend adding this product to your inventory of sugar free snacks.
Serving size is five candies, but we doubt you will need that many to really enjoy these candies. Five candies provides one gram of fat, less than 5mg of cholesterol, 55mg of sodium, and about 7 grams of digestible carbohydrates. The carbs come in the form of isomalt, so the packaging contains the usual warning about laxative effect. Stick to the recommended serving size or less and you should be fine. The packaging also points out that the product contains milk and soybeans for those with allergies. The package also contains the cautionary statement about choking that many hard candies should.
Monday, October 13th, 2008
Sugar Free Snacks
If you’re in the mood for a really substantial cookie to snack on then pick up a box of Sugar Free SnackWell’s Lemon Creme Cookies. Let’s face it, sometimes the low carb and sugar free snacks tend to be real lightweights. That’s fine most of the time, but sometimes we hit the pantry just a little hungrier than usual. For those times, this cookie from Nabisco is an excellent choice. The cookie is crisp and heavy and the lemon creme filling is a perfect complement. The lemon flavor is long lasting and the entire cookie seems to be a little sweeter than most other sugar free cookies.
Serving size is three cookies, which should be plenty. Though they are sugar free, do not be tempted to over-consume because they are relatively high in calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates. Some of those carbohydrates come from Maltitol, so over-consuming could lead to a more unpleasant result than just an extra pound at the next weigh in. A serving of three cookies yields about 17 grams of digestible carbohydrate, but that’s still pretty good given the heft of this cookie. Reserve them for when you really need them and these delicious cookies should serve you well.
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
Low Carb Snacks, Sugar Free Snacks
For the licorice fans out there we’ve got a sugar free version of the venerable Red Vines licorice, Strawberry Sugar Free Vines. There’s not too much you can do to put the sizzle on a review of a strawberry licorice stick. You bite off a piece, you chew it, and it tastes like strawberries. Seriously, the fun of these things has always been in the eating. They taste fine and are quite filling. They don’t taste quite as sweet as the original Red Vines, but they are just as chewy, and have about the same amount of flavor.
The package says the serving size is seven twists, but I’m not sure you would have time for all seven if this were really just a snack and not a meal. After two or three we were feeling pretty satisfied. Each serving only contain 90 calories, 15mg of sodium, 1 gram of protein, and about 17 grams of digestible carbohydrate. The product contains no fat and no cholesterol, which is a big plus in our book. The product does contain a lot of Maltitol, so please do not consume more than the recommended serving of seven twists.