First off, I feel so dumb taking pictures of products, but I can’t find the images online of one of the products so I figured I’d just take one nice snapshot so you can see what I’m talking about. I’ve been really into lemon stuff for some reason over the past year. Even lemon beverages! I’m really happy to have found both of these products for different reasons. I’ll start with the one I’ll be most likely to buy again:
True Lemon is basically just lemon flavor, no sugar. The ingredients are: citric acid, lactose, lemon juice, lemon oil, maltrodextrin, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). One packet has zero calories and 25% Vitamin C. I like it because when I run out of lemons at home and I really want lemon in my water, this does the trick. It’s a little stronger so you may not want to empty the whole packet in to your tall glass of water. Or…you can do what I do and just chug the first few drinks and then refill for a normal lemon-water flavor. I think the best part of this is if you are afraid of getting feces in your water. You know… haven’t you seen all the media stories scaring us into lemon (and ice for that matter) in our water at restaurants, airplanes and wherever. Even with all the scientific data about poop in our water, I still brave the lemons at restaurants. Anyway, if you’re afraid of it, this is a nice option to get rid of city water flavor at restaurants or just zest up your water. Just throw some packets in your purse or pocket and you’re good.
Nature’s Splash is a lemonade drink mix meant to be mixed with 16 oz of water. The ingredients are: evaporated cane juice, citric acid, malic acid, maltodextrin, less than 2% lemon juice solids, natural flavor, rebiana (Truvia), salt, soy lecithin and magnesium oxide. Basically, it’s supposed to be better for you than a regular sugar-full glass of lemonade. One packet has 50 calories and 12 grams of sugar. The flavor is actually pretty darn good! It’s not freshly made lemonade, but it’s a great alternative if you’re trying to not spike your blood sugar. The lemon flavor is nice and mild and not too sugary. This makes me happy because Truvia brand sweetener is made of stevia (and if you’ve read my post on supertasters), then you’ll know that stevia is typically too bitter for me but I want to like it because so far it seems like the best, most natural, no-cal sweetner for you. That’s probably why they added evaporated cane juice, to reduce the bitterness of the stevia. However, maybe the lemon flavor alone does the trick.
If you check out the True Lemon website, they’ve also got a lemonade type drink also made with truvia. However, it only has 5 calories per serving (not sure of how many ounces that is) and is only made with Truvia for a sweetener…intriguing. It may be bitter or it may be a great alternative to high-sugar lemonades.
You can also try a free sample! Gotta love that…click here. If you live in the Omaha area and want to purchase either of these items, I bought the True Lemon at No Name Nutrition and the Nature’s Splash at Whole Foods. No Name Nutrition is a great place to go if you want any natural remedies. These people do their research constantly and really love what they do and you can tell the difference.
Let’s hope Truvia and the other stevia-derived sweeteners don’t end up messing with our bodies after being processed…the study should come out about 10 years from now after we’ve all ingested a few tons of it each. Here’s a great article on the safety of Truvia and stevia.