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Tonic water and other drinks with artificial sweeteners

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Chicdrop Sat 21-Oct-17 21:25:44

So fed up with drinks with artificial sweeteners-from tonic water, my G & T's not the same anymore.
Also fruit cordials, the only place I can buy from in Jersey is Waitrose, where I can still buy orange, apple & pink grapefruit cordial without artificial sweeteners, thank goodness!
Artificial sweeteners do not agree with me apart from the aftertaste!
So manufacturers please take heed of this!!!

Flarrot Sat 21-Oct-17 21:27:59

Yeah it’s so annoying, the put the sweeteners in the full-fat versions of nearly all the drinks now! If I wanted artificial sweeteners I’d buy the diet version. The only ones I’ve found that don’t are: normal coke/Pepsi, seven up and fevertree tonic water

BarbaraofSevillle Sat 21-Oct-17 22:04:26

YANBU. The drinks without artificial sweeteners are reducing rapidly and it's almost impossible to find in some places.sad

Waitrose own brand is a cheaper tonic with no sweetners. For fizzy pop, I stick to San Pellegrino but don't drink much of it anyway.

I believe that people should drink mostly unsweetened drinks (plain tea, coffee or water) and sweet drinks should be a minor contributor (10/20% at most). Then it doesn't matter really if full sugar versions are drunk. If you're drinking so much 'fizzy pop' that the sugar content is significant, that's what you need to cut down on, not the sugar in the pop IMHO.

treaclesoda Sat 21-Oct-17 22:06:12

Totally agree. I hate the taste of them, and it's really difficult to find drinks now that don't have them.

justtiredofcoping Sat 21-Oct-17 23:44:48

Love them !
I spent the first 14 yrs of my life drinking water, never tasted orange juice, apple coke etc.

I remember my best friend went to Florida to see her family and bought me back a diet coke and a diet tab - OMG, my world of taste buds opened up!

Been a diabetic since I was 2 yrs old - the variety of drinks available to me now never ceases to amaze me. Still have to read the labels carefully and as I know no different, there is no after taste!

dowsabel Sat 21-Oct-17 23:51:07

Fentimans and fever tree do naturally low sugar without artificial sweeteners. Your g&t is 2/3rds t, make the t the best you can afford!

DioneTheDiabolist Sat 21-Oct-17 23:51:49

YANBU OP. I'm pregnant and due to stinky sweetners am very restricted in what I can have. And it's not just drinks, DS made some micro popcorn last night, it contained sweetener, I even bought a pack of smokey bacon crisps and it had sweetener in it too.

They're fucking everywhere! angry

lidoshuffle Sat 21-Oct-17 23:52:53

Lidl's tonic water has no artificial sweeteners too.

Elphame Sat 21-Oct-17 23:53:21

I'm with you OP - I've switched to Fever Tree for my G&Ts but the number of pubs that only stock Schweppes (which used to be my favourite but is now horrid) means that more often or not i'm drinking sparkling water or ordering plain gin and smuggling in my own tonic!

bridgetreilly Sat 21-Oct-17 23:56:34

Yes, yes, yes!

I hate the way that squash gets labelled 'No Added Sugar' rather than 'Full of Artificial Sweeteners' too.

Sarahh2014 Sun 22-Oct-17 00:00:56

You can buy 'proper' tonic water in Schweppes and supermarket brands aswell as the diet version

SomewhatIdiosyncratic Sun 22-Oct-17 01:03:09

Sweetners still taste rank hours afterwards. They also give me headaches.
If I want low sugar, I know where the tap is. That suits me most of the time, but sometimes a bit of flavour or quick release energy doesn't go amiss.

SabineUndine Sun 22-Oct-17 01:11:07

It used to be possible to get Perrier this was lime or lemon flavoured without sweetener or sugar in. I loved it. Wish they’d bring it back.

BarbaraofSevillle Sun 22-Oct-17 06:27:14

Sarah But a lot of non diet soft drinks and mixers also contain artificial sweeteners too, including Schweppes, meaning that they taste disgusting. It's because they're cheaper than sugar and for misguided health reasons.

I'd much rather drink full sugar versions less often rather than ones containing artificial sweeteners at all really.

Elphame Sun 22-Oct-17 10:15:15

Sarahh2014 - even the non diet Schweppes tonic now contains artificial sweetener. It's getting very hard to get drinks that don't.

I drink a lot of water but just occasionally I'd like a change.

The horrible stuff is invading so many foods now - even peanut butters seem to be sweetened with xylitol. Why?

MayorGoodway Sun 22-Oct-17 10:21:28

I find it’s not just the taste that’s awful though. After a night on Diet Coke, as the designated driver, I always feel a bit pissed!

OhWhatFuckeryIsThisNow Sun 22-Oct-17 10:28:02

They are Sabine I'm on a testing panel and they were asking for testers for that very thing.
AS are disgusting, I always feel more thirsty after. (But recognise the benefits for diabetics)

Onthehighseas Sun 22-Oct-17 10:31:26

Try Franklins, Fever Tree and Fentimans lighter versions, none contain any sweeteners.

kali110 Sun 22-Oct-17 10:31:44

Nope, love them.

Oblomov17 Sun 22-Oct-17 10:38:57

So few have no sweeteners. Why is this? It’s so poor.

StrawberrySquash Sun 22-Oct-17 12:16:27

It's very annoying, although Schweppes tonic is one of the few sweetener containing drinks that I find tastes good.
But, yes, most of what you drink should be unsweetened. I guess the problem is there's a fair chunk of people who just won't do this. My friend actively dislikes water and so is bad at getting enough liquid.

ukelelebanana Sun 22-Oct-17 12:20:15

The horrible stuff is invading so many foods now - even peanut butters seem to be sweetened with xylitol. Why?

Sweeteners are cheaper than sugar, basically.

BitchQueenofAngmar Sun 22-Oct-17 12:31:59

YANBU - it's so annoying. They are ruining all the drinks, damnit!! I used to love a proper fizzy drink as a treat, but now they all (apart from proper coke) taste rank. I don't know why society must always cater for the lowest common denominator (in this case the idiots who don't understand moderation). What happened to consumer choice?

Elphame Sun 22-Oct-17 12:51:09

Sweeteners are cheaper than sugar, basically

Probably but I'm voting with my purse - I check all labels for sweeteners (have done for years) and just don't buy so they are losing my custom. Much cheaper and healthier for me too as we now consume very little commercial processed food.

theSplund Wed 14-Mar-18 18:30:37

After going over to Tesco Diet Tonic, and subsequently realising that the sweeteners might have played a part in a possible case of IBS, I thought I'd switch back to the full-fat Sainsburys version as they were the only cheap Tonic that didn't seem to have any artificial sweeteners added. But no! they too have added them now - can anyone suggets a Tonic (that isn't going to break the bank as I drink lots of it) that is sweetener free and all sugar?

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