‘Aspartame Free’ Cordial Drinks
As this blog is all about knowing your ingredients and checking them, a friend of mine asked what cordial drinks do I recommend as everything he attempted to buy at the supermarket, contained Aspartame or some other artificial sweetener.
So I did my own research and discovered they both the supermarket own brand and the UK’s leading brand of cordial drink, all contained artificial sweeteners and most contained aspartame.
Now we know the jury is still out regarding the potential health issues linked with aspartame Most of us are aware of the use of aspartame in diet and sugar free cola drinks, but even I hadn’t considered the use of aspartame in cordial drinks, which have traditionally been aimed at children.
So my mission was to find cordial drinks that do not contain artificial sweeteners. At the higher end of the price bracket within the cordial section of my local supermarket, I found two brands; ‘Bottle Green’ and ‘PLj’. Bottle Green comes in various flavours and boasts “our cordials are free from all artificial colours, flavours and sweeteners.” PLj Lemon boasts no added sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact the ingredients on that bottle are: Lemon juice (90%), Vitamin C, Natural Lemon Flavour, Lemon Oil, Preservative (Sulphur Dioxide).
So the good news is there are alternatives out there, even in the supermarkets. Know your ingredients, check them before parting with your hard earned cash and be aware of what you and your children are consuming.