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Cordial - which one please?

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pacinofan Wed 20-Aug-08 08:33:21

Have been buying well-known brand cordial for the kids and am a bit cheesed off too see 'no sugar, blah blah, blah' on the label and in v small print on the reverse - contains aspartame, which I thought was a big no-no for kids. Am I wrong?

Anyway, have bought some fancy organic juice instead but is hugely expensive. So what do you all do for cordial? Mine won't drink water alone so we always do (v diluted, unless dh makes it!) cordial.


hockeypuck Wed 20-Aug-08 08:37:00

Just found out exactly the same myself pacinofan. I had no idea that my sugary squash (bought specifically to not have sweetners) actually has aspartame in it too. Evil Robinsons!

I have just bought Rocks Cordial on the advice of someone on another thread. I do't think it will be that expensive really. £1.79 a bottle, it will definitely last 2 weeks because I make it so weak.

hockeypuck Wed 20-Aug-08 08:38:33

I should also add that I have been giving my DS (2) watered down fruit juice only, but he drinks quite a lot now and that is getting expensive!

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 20-Aug-08 08:40:39

Rocks is lovely,expensive but nice..I'd buy that and have it very dilute- better to buy decent stuff without artificial sweeteners and have it weak..when it runs out,it runs out !

TheDevilWearsPrimark Wed 20-Aug-08 08:41:28

Sainsburys taste the difference cordials are lovely. Especially the rasberry and elderflower.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 20-Aug-08 08:43:49

It's not just Robinsons - anything that says 'no added sugar' will have artificial sweeteners! Always, always check the label.

If they won't drink water plain then use ordinary, full sugar cordial. A bit of sugar really doesn't do any harm.

When mine were little I used to refuse to buy squash altoghether because of the rest of the ingredients (and because I hated squash when I was little!). They drank water, milk or diluted fruit juice - around 1/3 juice to 2/3 water.

hattyyellow Wed 20-Aug-08 09:27:54

We use Rocks too and the kids love it. I think it tastes good as well. Also have BottleGreen which is nice but haven't checked the label..will have a look..

hockeypuck Wed 20-Aug-08 11:22:54

Yes BecauseI'mworthit. But even Robinsons version that has sugar in it also has sweeteners, totally unnecessary. Also misleading because on the front it says No artificial colours or flavours then on the back it says No artificial Colours, No Artificial Flavours and then immediately underneath them it says Artificial Sweeteners as if it is a list. It doesn't make it immediately clear that we are not reading a list of things it doesn't include.

I now read the labels much more clearly.

EachPeachPearMum Wed 20-Aug-08 11:53:09

We have rocks and BottleGreen here... but not for DD! [mean mummy emoticon]
Sainsbury's High Juice is nice too- especially the cherry and cranberry one- I don't think it has aspartame, just sugar, but I use it very dilute anyway.

BecauseImWorthIt Wed 20-Aug-08 17:16:35

Oh yes - agree about unnecessary added sweeteners. I suspect it happens far more often than we realise. I think the artificial things are cheaper than sugar.

Understanding how to read labels is vital - too many of us assume all kinds of things because of what's written on the front.

MissMoopy Wed 20-Aug-08 17:20:40

Rocks! Sugar is far better for children than sweeteners! But in moderation obviously. Rocks is great, nice flavour and a little goes a long way. Bottlegreen have also recently introduced kiddie versions but yet to see them in shops....unless you go to Waitrose! grin

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Wed 20-Aug-08 17:22:21

Rocks lemon is my favourite squash ever. It also lasts ages as I like it really weak.

Clary Thu 21-Aug-08 21:13:31

I like Rock's too

Sainsbury's high juice now has no aspartame (never did) but also no sodium benzoate which is another nasty to avoid.

Asda do an organics one which is OK too <checks label>

TBH tho I would try to get the DC drinking water - it's most likely all they aill be allowed during the day at school.

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