Archive for August, 2009
Monday, August 31st, 2009
Low Carb Drinks
We’re really excited about this product! A dear friend of The Glucoholic recently asked if we had tried Old Orchard Healthy Balance Apple Juice. We had not, but ran right out to get a bottle to test. This juice is awesome. Let’s say that again. This juice is awesome! We might have a real contender for product of the year with this one. Once in a while we review a product that, from the first taste, you know is going to be a staple. This is one of those products. It really is impossible to tell the difference between this low carb drink and regular apple juices. The juice is mellow, smooth, and very sweet. People who’ve been missing apple juice while following a low carb diet need to run to the store to pick up a bottle as soon as possible.
Each eight ounce serving of Old Orchard Healthy Balance Apple Juice contains only 31 calories, 10mg of sodium, and 6 grams of sugar. The taste alone would be enough to justify drinking this juice, but you’ll also get 62mg of potassium and 100% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C with each serving. We were also glad to see the Splenda logo on the label letting us know we would experience excellent sweetness with no unpleasant aftertaste. Finally, we were really happy to see that Old Orchard has made a significant commitment to JDRF. We think that’s pretty cool.
Monday, August 24th, 2009
Sugar Free Snacks
Sometimes you find a product that you like so much that you can hardly bring yourself to say anything bad about it, even when you need to. Such is the case with Smucker’s Sugar Free Caramel Sundae Syrup. Up front, let’s just get it this out of the way – this stuff is delicious. We topped some low carb ice cream with this sundae syrup and could not believe how awesome it was. It was just the right consistency, it was creamy, and it was sweet. It was so good that we were tempted to turn up the bottle and waste away in Caramelville. The problem is, being sugar free does not mean being carb free. Don’t get us wrong, we grasp that something this good must have a catch; and the 17 grams of carbohydrate (mostly from sugar alcohol) is that catch. If you’re one of those people that just can’t tolerate a lot of sugar alcohol, then this product is not for you.
Each serving is only two tablespoons, and will provide you with 90 calories and 65mg of sodium. Smucker’s Sugar Free Caramel Sundae Syrup is sweetened with Splenda, but our guess is that obtaining the right consistency required the use of more sugar alcohol than sucralose. We really want to find a compromise position for this product, so maybe we could recommend using a teaspoon or so in your coffee? Since many, like us, might tend to go a little overboard with the ice cream toppings anyway; we can’t really recommend this product unless you have a pretty good tolerance for sugar alcohol and a lot of will power!
Monday, August 17th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks
Coffee lovers are really going to like Atkins Advantage Caramel Creme Coffee Bars. We’ve come to expect good things from Atkins, and we were not disappointed with this new low carb snack. It’s the complementary tastes packed into a single protein bar that give this product its value. The dark chocolate is a familiar Atkins staple. The caramel creme is a delightful, sweet addition. Then there’s the coffee – the packaging says that the bars are made with real coffee. We believe it. The coffee taste is absolutely incredible. The chocolate and caramel give a sweet start and the coffee allows each bite to finish strong. The coffee taste lingers for at least ten minutes, and actually gives you the sensation you’ve had a good cup of coffee.
Each bar is one serving, and contains 180 calories. Each bar contains 8 grams of fat, 170mg of sodium, and about 10 grams of digestible carbohydrate. With each bar you’ll also get 105mg of potassium, 11 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. These bars are a good source of calcium, clocking in at 32% of the recommended daily intake. Atkins Advantage Caramel Creme Coffee Bar are sweetened with sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Persons with food allergies will want to check the labeling carefully.
Monday, August 10th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
It’s really happening. The Glucoholic is going to recommend back-to-back products sweetened with aspartame. It seems impossible, but we’re not joking. We started testing Turkey Hill Diet Green Tea Mango with a great deal of reservation, given that it contains two ingredients we’ve never really become comfortable with – green tea and aspartame. These reservations were unfounded. This tea is a wonderful find. First, there’s none of that tobacco taste you get with most green teas. Second, the mango flavor makes this sugar free drink seem more like a fruit drink than a tea. Third, there’s also a little honey and ginseng hidden in each serving – it’s like a little gift. The aspartame is not really detectable, and the mango flavor lingers long enough to make sure any aftertaste is properly dispatched. We really liked this tea, and look forward to trying some of the other Turkey Hill teas.
A serving of Turkey Hill Diet Green Tea Mango has no calories and only 10mg of sodium. The one gram of carbohydrate probably comes from the honey, and there’s only about 20mg of caffeine per serving. As an added bonus, this tea is gluten free. We highly encourage you to check out the Turkey Hill product finder, and to pick up some of this great tea!
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks
You’re not going to hear us praising products sweetened with aspartame very often, but this time we feel we should make an exception. Diet Vernor’s Ginger Soda is one unique ginger ale. The labeling informs us that this ginger ale is barrel aged for three years, and that it has bold taste. “Bold taste” is one of those phrases that you usually ignore as quickly as when your boss says things as inspired as “total dedication” and “commitment to excellence.” We’re not big on the cliche’ ’round these parts, and that’s why we like to make special note when a company actually provides what they say they will. Bold taste is probably the tersest way to accurately describe the taste of this sugar free drink. The taste starts out refreshingly cool, and about the time you are expecting to notice the aspartame you get this powerful rush of ginger taste. And this taste sticks around. It’s got some kick. We could barely tell we were drinking a soda sweetened with aspartame.
Each twelve ounce serving provides 25mg of sodium and nothing else, other than powerful ginger taste. This sugar free soda is caffeine free. We’re glad we did not let the aspartame scare us away from this unique ginger ale. If you think you’d enjoy a ginger ale with a little something extra, then we encourage you to give this fine sugar free drink a try.