Monday, July 5, 2010

3 ways to get your Stevia Fix at your local 7-11

It's a bright new day out there in the naturally sweetened beverages world. With more and more companies jumping on the stevia/natural sweeteners bandwagon, those of us who like to avoid aspartame and HFCS can find more options besides good ol' H20 at your local convenience store:

I was very excited when Lipton approached my asking if I would like to review their new Ice Tea, which was sweetened solely with Stevia. Of course I said yes. They generously sent me two bottles to taste, one of each flavor.

I filled two glasses with ice and promptly went about tasting.

They were much too sweet, and the flavors didn't quite shine through the way they usually do with ice tea. I had to water it down significantly to make it bareable to drink, and I have a sweet tooth! I can't decide if that is a PRO or a CON- Con: way too sweet for consumption/not pleasant. Pro: you get 4x as much ice tea once you water it down, and it actually taste good! More bang for your buck!

  • No Calories
  • Caffeinated
  • Raspberry and Lemon Flavors
  • Sweetened with: Purevia Stevia

I applaud Lipton for expanding their options for diet ice tea, but I think more work is necesary to make this a high quality product. I don't purchase ice tea (cheaper + better to make on your own!!) and wouldn't get this at the store.
But Hey, thanks Lipton for letting me taste! It was a valiant effort.

Vitamin Water Zero

  • 0 calories
  • Go-Go (mixed Berry) had:
  • 100% vitamin c
  • 40% b3 b5 b6 b12
  • electrolytes
  • sweetened with: stevia, crystalline fructose, and erythritol.
  • other flavors:
    • Mega-C (grape raspberry)
    • Go-Go (mixed berry)
    • Squeezed (lemonade)
    • Recoup (peach-mandarin)
    • Rise (orange)
    • Revitalize (green tea)
    • XXX (acai-blueberry-pomegranate)

I got this one for free at the Solstice Yoga, which was convenient. Does anyone else just love the descriptions that Vitamin Water puts on their bottle? I do! I never buy VitW because I don't like the taste enough to justify the $$/calories (the regular one is just like drinking a soda!! don't let the "water" in the title fool you!). I did a fun little review with my favorite bloggettes on the Vitamin 10, and I'm glad the Glaceau peeps have decided to go all the way for a Zero!

After reading No Meat Athlete's review of these I wanted to go rush my whole foods, clamoring to try. Unfortunately, they haven't made it up to the Eastern Seaboard, so my review is going to have to wait. But, again, I'm happy that the Gatorade peeps are getting rid of HFCS (yup that's what G2 is sweetened with. Biggest let-down of the century!), and replacing it with plain ol' sucrose, erythritol, and stevia (purevia).
see if it's hit the shelves of your whole foods yet here

I'm excited to see these new products hit the shelves, since I just adore trying new things! I hope to see continued development and innovation in the realm of alternative sweetners!

What new products have you seen on shelves around you? Anything fantastic you've tried lately! I'd love to hear about it!

1 comment:

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