Monday, April 30, 2012

Chemicals in Candy: Not So Sweet

I came across this article on Healthy Child and it was as though I'd written it myself. My "concern" list would be identical, though not in this order (not that she said it was prioritized).
We identified these dangerous additives as "The Scary Seven." They are:
  1. High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  2. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  3. Partially Hydrogenated Oils (trans fats)
  4. Artificial Colors
  5. Artificial Sweeteners (including acesulfame potassium, or Ace-K; sucralose [Splenda], and aspartame)
  6. Artificial Flavors
  7. Preservatives (including: sodium benzoate, sulphites (sulphur dioxide), polysorbate 60, 65 or 80, nitrites, TBHQ, and BHT/BHA).
Let me know if you think anything important is missing.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Root Beer to Root For

I am not a big soda person, but I love root beer (and birch beer). My go-to when I splurge on it has been Virgil's, which is delicious but pricey and packs a big caloric punch. I've blogged about Flavrz before (favorably) so I was delighted to find their organic root beer syrup in my local grocery store. Just add seltzer. And it's only 35 calories per 8-ounce serving.

I had to try it. My husband also happens to prefer root beer but has been sticking to flavored seltzer as he's on a health kick. I had a feeling he, too, would appreciate a more natural, lower calorie option. It's sweetened with agave nectar, which I happen to love in beverages, as well as a little stevia.

So, we both tried it and agree that it's an inexpensive, delicious treat. I think it was about $6.50 for the bottle and you get 21 servings per bottle at the suggested dilution. Add five 1-liter bottles of seltzer at $.60 each and you're looking at $.45 per 8-ounce serving.

They also make cola and ginger ale syrups. If anyone tries them, let me know what you think. Cheers!