Tuesday 18 March 2014

REVIEW: Natvia - The 100% Natural ZERO Calorie Sweetener

I don't know if you caught that Channel 4 Dispatches documentary called 'Are you addicted to sugar?' that was on a couple of months ago - it was about the effect of eating too much sugar on your body and how much sugar there actually is in some products? It's seriously surprising how much sugar is in some of the 'healthier' options, you might think choosing a smoothie or granola is definitely healthier but sometimes the sugar level is ridiculously high!

Here are some sugar facts for you...

(For reference, this is the amount the NHS recommend is a high and low amount of sugar '
Look for the "Carbohydrates (of which sugars)" figure in the nutrition label. High – over 22.5g of total sugars per 100g. Low – 5g of total sugars or less per 100g. If the amount of sugars per 100g is between these figures, then that is a medium level of sugars.')

M&S Count On Us contains 36.1g of sugar per 100g - that's 18g per average serving.

Cranberry juice is highly sweetened - a medium 250ml glass contains a whopping 36.3g of sugar. 

Safeway's Low Fat Yogurt with hazelnut contains 17.1g of sugar per 100g and 25.7g per pot. 

Ketchups are sugar-rich, with Heinz Tomato Ketchup containing 23.6g sugar per 100g or 2.6g per serving. 

Sainsbury's Low Fat Coleslaw Salad contains 6.1g of sugar per 100g - that's 15g per 250ml pot. M&S Low-Fat Coleslaw contains a little less, at 5.4g of sugar per 100g. 

(Sugar facts taken from here)

We have become to love foods that taste sweet, whether it be something you'd expect to taste sweet like a cake or something you may not expect, like bread. One way of cutting down your sugar in take (and therefore calorie intake) is using a sweetener. Sweetener's used to worry me, they seemed very 'fake' and manufactured but nowadays you can get ZERO calorie sweeteners that are 100% natural - what's not to like?!

Natvia is a zero calorie, 100% derived from natural ingredients, low GI and can be used for cooking and baking. The ideal alternative to sugar and other calorific, manufactured sweeteners. Natvia doesn't taste 'fake' and works well in hot drinks, baking, cooking and on it's own - it's so versatile!

Natvia is available around the world but more locally to the UK, you can buy it at Planet Organic, a range of pharmacy's and wholefood shops. If you type your local town into this search, then you can find the stockist most local to you - here.

Are you interested in trying to cut down your sugar intake?

Feel free to leave me a comment :)


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