Archive for May, 2009
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks
Today’s review almost didn’t happen. We try to stay away from things like the Acai Berry craze, and the “Splenda causes cancer” craze, and the “you can reverse diabetes” craze. When we started testing Low Calorie Snapple Noni Berry Juice Drink we naturally did some research on Noni berries, since we had never heard of them. It turns out that the most colorful information can be obtained by reading the bottle or the Snapple website for Low Calorie Snapple Noni Berry Juice Drink, but reliable information about any health benefits from the Noni juice and the 55mg of EGCG in each serving is a little more difficult to find. We searched high and low, but did not really find anything to justify or heighten our concerns.
It turns out that you can find claims that these ingredients inhibit HIV, cure breast cancer, increase energy, raise metabolism, and reverse ankle-bearding. All right, we stole that last one from Colbert‘s “Cheating Death” segment, but these claims seem to be a little like the emails we get asking us to review the miracle Acai berry product that’s the secret to Oprah’s success. We’re a little skeptical. We don’t like to spread the memes. So you can imagine our dilemma when Low Calorie Snapple Noni Berry Juice Drink turned out to taste pretty good! Just because there are sleazy used car salesman out there doesn’t mean that all used cars are lemons does it?
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Monday, May 25th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
Happy Memorial Day! We thought we would celebrate this important holiday with another reader-requested review. We received quite the response to our Sierra Mist Free Cranberry Splash review, and amongst them were several requests for a review of Diet Sierra Mist Ruby Splash. We actually had to look for a while before we found them in stores, but they have arrived and we’re hapy to make wishes come true. There seems to be some evidence that the Ruby Splash flavor will stick around as a full-time edition of Sierra Mist, unlike the Cranberry Splash. If you’re a fan of both, and want to raise you voice to have both as full-time options, make your opinion known at Sierra Mist’s Facebook Page.
If you like grapefruit, then you’re going to like Diet Sierra Mist Ruby Splash. We’re not generally fans of sugar free drinks sweetened with aspartame and acesulfame potassium, but we’ve got to make an exception here. The distinct tartness of a pinch of grapefruit seems to completely mask the aspartame aftertaste. The marriage of the traditional lemon-lime flavor with the grapefruit flavor is a good one. In our opinion, this rendition of Sierra Mist is also much less carbonated than the others, which we think is a bonus. It’s cool and refreshing, and would make a great addition to those Memorial Day cook-outs this afternoon. With only 35mg of sodium and 65mg of potassium, it’s also a pretty healthy choice!
Monday, May 18th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
The Glucoholic used to have a very serious problem with Mountain Dew. Anyone out there who’s also suffered with this addiction knows what we’re talking about – those school days when you reached the soda machine only to find that the precious was sold out. Simultaneous feelings of paralyzing fear and vein-popping anger rushed through your body. The Glucoholic quit cold turkey and suffered a horrible detoxification process, and since has avoided anything Dew for fear of returning to those dark days. That is, until now. Enter Caffeine Free Diet Mountain Dew! You get the familiar taste of Mountain Dew, without all the things you need to seek treatment for. No sugar. No caffeine. Just neon green goodness.
The taste of Caffeine Free Diet Mountain Dew is quite good. There is a very slight aftertaste that hints of the aspartame inside, but the pinch of acesulfame potassium and sucralose really keep this to a minimum. The aftertaste is an order of magnitude more acceptable than most other diet drinks that contain aspartame. We can’t recall finding any other diet drink that actually uses all three. Of course, we would have preferred sucralose only, but we’re not complaining. As far as nutrition goes, you’ll get 35mg of sodium in each eight ounce serving and that’s it. If you’ve ever enjoyed Mountain Dew as much as we used to, you owe it to yourself to give Caffeine Free Diet Mountain Dew a try.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
The return of warmer weather puts The Glucoholic in the mood to start seeking out some new low carb frozen treats that will help him make it through the long, hot months ahead. Six Until Me blogger Kerri Sparling got us started with her recent blog post about sugar-free popsicles. After reading it we were on a collision course with the freezers in our local supermarket. Fortunately, the low carb section seems to be stocked better than we remembered it. Our fortune will soon become your fortune.
The first thing we saw that we just had to have was Blue Bunny’s Sweet Freedom Black Raspberry Ice Cream Bars. You might be asking “why didn’t you review the Edy’s Fruit Bars from Kerri’s post?” Don’t worry – it’s coming. We can only consume so many low carb snacks in one week! Seriously, Blue Bunny’s Sweet Freedom Black Raspberry Ice Cream Bars are absolutely delicious. The chocolate shell and the raspberry ice cream are perfect together. Each bite tastes like that wonderful final bite of a raspberry Tootsie Roll Pop, and you don’t even have to make the investment in licks to get there. This is a great low carb snack.
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Sunday, May 10th, 2009
We’d like to wish a very happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there. Here’s hoping for health and happiness for each and every one of you on your special day.