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For those avopiding asparteme - what do you drink that is low calorie other than water?

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mears Mon 24-May-10 11:54:53

I know about the asparteme health risks but would like advice on what is nice to drink but naturally low in sugar? Want to avoid sugar due to diabetic son.

Suggestions please.

mears Mon 24-May-10 12:21:43


Adair Mon 24-May-10 12:25:33

Sainsbury's squash drinks have sucralose rather than aspartame... Or is that not good? Is fruit sugar no good too? I dilute fruit juice for my kids

pagwatch Mon 24-May-10 12:28:54

My DD and DS drink water or diluted fruit juice. Meridian pear cordial is quite nice.

But actually they both are now in the habit of drinking lots of water - cold tap water mostly or sometimes fizzy mineral water.

And it is just habit really. They don't need sweet drinks and get used to it really quickly

catinthehat2 Mon 24-May-10 12:32:15

Peppermint teabag, make it up strong, dilute with cold water from fridge.

And same with other fruity/herby Twining s type teabags.

seeker Mon 24-May-10 12:32:30

What's wrong with iced water?

Or diluted fruit juice.

mears Mon 24-May-10 13:19:12

Thanks for suggestions.

I have grown up family and water can be pretty boring. I like diet coke but have decided to give it up.

My children never got asparteme as youngsters and I drank diet drinks to avoid weight gain. Seems that is pretty counter productive and you get used to it.

Started getting more diet drinks when DS3 was diagnosed at 16 years. He is now 19yrs so is an adult.

Will scout around for more choices.

BallpointPen Mon 24-May-10 13:26:15

We drink high juice, don't know how calorific or not it is but it has artificial sweeteners in it.

Also mint tea.

MarthaFarquhar Mon 24-May-10 13:34:50

my DD really will not drink plain water (led to a UTI last time we tried to push the point blush

we have sainsbury's flavoured still water in a variety of flavours. they are articficially sweetened with sucralose. I have no idea if this is any better than aspartame though.

Sonilaa Mon 24-May-10 13:43:35

flavoured rosehip tea. I make a large teapot in the morning. at the moment I*m sipping strawberry flavour.

Adair Mon 24-May-10 13:43:47

Bah, just typed long response then lost it.

Sainsburys. All 'no added sugar' drinks (fizzy and otherwise) have sucralose not aspartame.

Sucralose fine for diabetics (did a quick google).

Water ideal of course, but understand if he misses his diet coke! (ps sains diet coke tastes nice btw, unlike hideous tescos version)

BallpointPen Mon 24-May-10 14:19:17

Duh, I meant no artificial sweeteners.

Ours is from Sainsbos too.

Isn't sucralose a bit like fructose? A sort of sugar but not....?

mears Mon 24-May-10 14:41:44


Sucralose can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps if taken in vast quantites but that should be fine in moderation.

Haven't got a Sainsbury's yet but one is being built as we speak.

cocolepew Mon 24-May-10 14:45:05

Robinsons Be Natural it has natural sugar in it and no sweetners, on the nutritionalbit it says sugar - trace. You need very little of it to dilute.

flibbertigibbert Mon 24-May-10 15:24:57

I have tap water with a few drops of lemon juice from a bottle. I'm used to it now and don't miss squash. The lemon is enough to cover the taste of horrible London tap water

333cmb Tue 24-May-11 11:47:06

Does anybody know why Robinsons Be Natural drinks are being withdrawn from sale?
I note from some posts here some mums have it as their favorate - Does anyone know of a similar alternative?

I spoke to their customer services (Britvic on 0800 0321767) - who said the product was under review by the 'Brand Manager' - does this mean they aren't selling? (I've bought them every week) or are the big supermarkets squeezing shelf space for additive-laden competitors?

It's a pity as these drinks are not only nasty-additive free but taste very nice! (yes, there is sugar but I'd prefer that to anything chemical)

The customer services rep said 'they had been getting many calls' regarding Be Natural drinks but didn't know if it would be comming back on sale. There may be a chance here for those who do like the drink - give them a call or email ( and it could be saved!

create Tue 24-May-11 12:03:42

TBH, I think it's a question of educating your taste buds. Is this for you or the diabetic son?

I only ever drink water now (apart from wine) after years of saying I didn't like it.

I started having it hot with a slice of lemon, but now just have it plain (hot or cold) and find that there's nothing else I actually want to drink - will ask for tap water in the pub if I'm not having a "proper" drink

prolificwillybreeder Tue 24-May-11 17:42:44

Iced tea any good?

rockinhippy Tue 24-May-11 18:05:38

I mix sparkling water with juice, usually cranberry - lovely & refreshing, without all the nasties smile

rockinhippy Tue 24-May-11 18:08:04

somehow posted before I'd finished typing confused DD likes it with apple juice, or blueberry smile

onepieceofcremeegg Tue 24-May-11 18:09:56

I also drink plain tap water (hot or cold) with a few drops of pure lemon or lime juice. (either bottled lemon/lime, or fresh)

If I have a fresh lemon, I cut about 4 very thin slices, put in a mug and top with boiling water.

I also like soda water, not sure if that is low calorie or what is in it though.

Decaff coffee (percol instant) isn't bad imo.

Dropdeadfred Tue 24-May-11 18:10:37

here is no real eveidence that aspartame is bad for you as far as i know...alot of unsubstantiated claims but no solid evidence

onepieceofcremeegg Tue 24-May-11 18:11:37

have done a quick google of soda water and it fits your criteria. Have with a bit of pure lemon or lime as above. smile

goodlifemummy Tue 24-May-11 21:30:33

bottlegreen pomegranate and elderflower with soda water - yum! Please don't tell me there's a gazillion calories in it!

mankyscotslass Tue 24-May-11 21:34:12

Soda and Lime cordial with lots of ice.....yum!

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