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Grape Powerade Zero

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sugar Free Drinks - Grape Powerade ZeroOver a year ago we reviewed Strawberry Powerade Zero. We’ve been drinking it pretty regularly around here, but lately have been trying to get out of several ruts at the same time. What better opportunity could there be to try another great Powerade Zero flavor? Well that’s just what we did. Grape Powerade Zero did not disappoint! This beverage had the same smooth, thirst quenching qualities as its strawberry sister. The grape flavor was excellent and less syrupy than some of its competition. We put the taste right up there with Grape Propel, and this is a good thing, since one or the other is usually sold out at our local grocery. Great taste with less despair – always a good combination.

The awesome quote on the shoulder of this bottle proclaims “Believe it. What you hold in your hand is indeed zero calories. Yeah, that’s right. You can stay hydrated with electrolytes + B Vitamins… without adding calories. How you like them strawberries?” This is ironic, since this flavor is grape. Marketing folks are so clever.

The nutrition information for the grape flavor is exactly the same as for the strawberry flavor. For review, the highlights are: zero calories, zero carbs, 55 mg of sodium, and 35mg of potassium.

Federal Trade Commission Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines Compliance Statement: Coca-Cola has in no way paid for this review. No cash or in-kind payment was received from Coca-Cola by Glucoholic.com.

Archer Farms Diet Black Cherry Cream Soda

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Sugar Free Drinks - Archer Farms Diet Black Cherry Cream SodaOver a year ago we did a review of Archer Farms Diet Orange Cream Soda. We enjoyed that soda so much that we kept an eye out for more diet flavors from Archer Farms, and picked up a four-pack of the Diet Black Cherry Cream Soda flavor to review. After consuming half of a bottle we were horrified to notice that the back of the label reads BEST BY 23/AUG/2009. Awesome! It’s kind of difficult to fairly judge a product’s taste when all you can think about is that product tasting old, so we won’t try. A description of the product’s mature taste would be “not enough black cherry soda, and too much cream soda.” There was also some pretty bad aftertaste uncommon to sodas sweetened with sucralose, but maybe it was fermentation. We’re really not trying to knock Archer Farms’ products – we tend to like them very much.

However, the comments and emails we got in response to our review of the Diet Orange Cream Soda indicated that people get very frustrated with the hit-or-miss nature of finding well-stocked Archer Farms products in Target stores. It doesn’t seem to be improving since now you can’t even count on what’s on the shelves being fresh. Maybe we should have been more careful; but seriously, when was the last time you checked the expiration date on a bottle of soda?

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Little Debbie Nutty Bar Singles

Monday, October 12th, 2009
Low Carb Snacks

Low Carb Snacks - Little Debbie Nutty Bar SinglesHappy Columbus Day! Bet you never thought you would see a Little Debbie product reviewed here at Glucoholic.com did you? We’re here to say “that’s a bet worth losing.” Little Debbie Nutty Bar Singles are great little 100 calorie snacks that won’t send your blood sugar through the roof. The Little Debbie Nutty Bars have been a favorite snack for thousands for decades. We ate them by the case in our house growing up. These individually wrapped snacks are a reminder that you don’t have to eat a case to be satisfied. We were glad to find that these snacks haven’t changed in all those years since childhood, and we bet they still taste pretty sick with some low carb peanut butter smeared across the top too! Thumbs up all around for this great low carb snack.

Each individually wrapped bar provides 100 calories, 6 grams of fat, 0mg of cholesterol, 35mg of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate, and 1 gram of protein. Unfortunately, if you have food allergies you will probably want to avoid this product.

Federal Trade Commission Endorsement and Testimonial Guidelines Compliance Statement: McKee Foods has in no way paid for this endorsement. No cash or in-kind payment was received from McKee Foods by Glucoholic.com. If McKee Foods would like to pay Glucoholic.com for this review, then we will be glad to accept it and glad to disclose that information with this review. We, for one, welcome our new overlords at the FTC.

SoBe Lifewater Yumberry Pomegranate

Monday, October 5th, 2009
Low Carb Drinks, Sugar Free Drinks

Low Carb Drinks - SoBe Lifewater Yumberry PomegranateAbout six months ago we reviewed SoBe Lifewater Black and Blue Berry flavored water. We said that we were looking forward to tasting some of the other flavors. We should have stopped while were ahead. The Yumberry Pomegranate Lifewater flavor is a real disappointment. First off, what is a yumberry? It turns out that yumberry is another miracle fruit. Given the other 42 miracle fruits we’re supposed to be consuming for our health each day it’s getting a little hard to keep up with. This low carb, low calorie water is not horrible – it’s just that we were expecting so much more. The flavor is a little too tart and not nearly sweet enough. If you really enjoy those grass blends you can get at the juice bars, then you might like it. It’s got dandelion in it. Otherwise, stick with the Black and Blue Berry.

On a positive note, the nutrition information is almost exactly the same as for the Black and Blue Berry Lifewater. Each serving contains 6 grams of carbohydrate and 25mg of sodium, and a respectable amount of Vitamin C and other vitamins. You could do worse, but we would rather have the taste and the nutrition. Better luck next time SoBe!