Diet (618 reviews)

H2PRO Bone and Joint Health Lemonade

H2PRO Bone and Joint Health Lemonade

This could not have shown up in my life at a better time. I’ve had tennis elbow for going on two months now, and somehow in the past two weeks I have messed up both my knees. I don’t know what I’m doing to myself, but I’m falling apart. Now I have H2Pro to help me through it. I don’t know if my elbow is finally healing, and my knee brace is working, but after a couple of days of drinking this I see to be doing a bit better. In other good news this actually tastes pretty good. It’s a powder mix, but it has a strong lemon flavor and that same lemon helps fight off the stevia flavor, while still letting it sweeten it up a bit. I actually enjoy sipping this and I’m not chugging the whole thing just to get it over with. It’s simple and nice tasting, while being functional. I don’t know what the next trauma to befall my body will be, but hopefully this will help fix me up before whatever it is happens.

Website
http://www.h2probiotics.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Stevia Extract
Categories
Diet, Mix/Concentrate, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on May 17th, 2016
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Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Lemon Lime

Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Lemon Lime

In Claire Baie's most diet move ever, we have this lemon lime drink. This drink comes complete with all of the accommodations that one would desire, such as but not limited to include cup holders, passenger side mirror, AM/FM radio and color matched door handles. It also has the most, but not unbearable diet taste. Finally, the taste that dieteers can understand. I'm sure gaggles of people are just dying for that fake flavor they so crave. The lemon lime is standard lemon lime. Nothing to go crazy about.

As I mentioned, it's not the worst diet drink I've ever had so if you have some sort of brand loyalty towards Claire Baie and are into diet drinks, this is the drink for you. Otherwise, this is as average as an average drink can average.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Sparkling, Water
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on April 25th, 2016
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Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Orange Mango

Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Orange Mango

Oh look, another Claire Baie zero calorie sparkling water. I’m beginning to think that these drinks Are going to haunt me for the rest of 2016. It’s no secret that neither Mike nor I are fans of sucralose sweetened drinks. Unfortunately most of this companies beverages use just that. We know these drinks have a market and people buy and presumably enjoy them. We are just not those people.

This Orange Mango one is the best one I’ve had yet though. Somehow the citrus blends with the sucralose and the result tastes like kids vitamins, a flavor I’m not ashamed to say I enjoy. Who didn’t eat more than their allotted quantity of Flintstone vitamins when they were little? I certainly did. The orange and mango flavors in here are actually pretty decent. It’s just that dumb sucralose that brings the whole thing down for me. So yet again if you don’t mind sucralose, check these things out, if you are grossed out by it steer clear. It’s a simple plan.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 12th, 2016
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Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Blueberry Raspberry Lemonade

Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Blueberry Raspberry Lemonade

I had anticipated this being completely horrible. Even drinks that are sweetened with real sugar that are this particular hue of blue usually spell trouble. They are always overly sweet and taste only of sweetener and nothing of the flavor they are meant to be. This really doesn’t stray too far from that equation, but at least Claire Baie didn’t go overboard with the sucralose. I mean it’s surely there in all its weird and unlikable ways for those who are not used to it, but it’s not the only thing I taste. There is the general diet lemonade along with a vague berry flavor on top of that. I personally didn’t enjoy it very much, but there must be a large group of people out there who drink and enjoy these diet sparkling drinks because there are more than enough companies pumping them out. I’m sure those people would find it enjoyable enough.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Lemonade, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 3rd, 2016
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Cheribundi Relax Tart Cherry

Cheribundi Relax Tart Cherry

When it comes to cherry juice, Cheribundi does not mess around. Those days of thinking that everything cherry either tastes syrupy or medicinal are long gone. It’s like walking out into an orchard and filling your stomach with cherries you picked right from the tree. They have tried their hand at mixing cherries with tea, chocolate and other fruits (all with great results), now they are expanding into the world of relaxation drinks. Yet again, they have not failed to deliver.

Did you know that cherries naturally contain melatonin? I certainly did not, but it’s good to know. Unlike some relaxation drinks that are just meant to calm you down and focus, this one is more for sleepy time. You’ve got your specific tea for that when the weather is cold, but in the summer when you don’t want a hot beverage you can now reach for a bottle of this.

The only things in this bottle are tart cherry juice, water, L-theanne (tea extract) and reb a (stevia). I honestly had no idea that there was stevia in here at all, and that is saying something since I can normally spot it a mile away. The taste of the cherries completely overpowers it. This is how zero calorie sweeteners should be used. You’ll have to excuse me now I can hear my pillow calling.

Website
http://www.cheribundi.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Reb A
Categories
Diet, Relaxation
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on April 1st, 2016
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Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime

Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime

How do people do it? How do people drink diet drinks on the regular? I’ve been told that you get used to it, but I really just can’t see that happening. They taste so unnatural to me. Whenever I drink something that has sucralose in it I feel like I’m drinking from a bottle that has a Mr. Yuck sticker on it from when I was a kid. It just doesn’t get better for me.

This bottle of Sparkling Ice at least uses lemon juice from concentrate that helps fight the poison a bit. I don’t know where the lime taste comes from, but it’s a bit like a watered down Freezie Pop. Neither of those flavors are quite strong enough to overpower the sucralose taste though. I wish they were, because I think this could be strangely good instead of just good for diet.

Website
http://www.sparklingice.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 29th, 2016
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POP Water Orange

POP Water Orange

I’m pretty sure that generic diet orange soda might be the world’s worst pop. Regular orange soda has its place in the world and that place is at barbeques and accompanying hot (veggie) dogs in every capacity. Its diet counterpart belongs nowhere except down the drain. I wonder if there is a single person out there who actually enjoys it. If you find one I’d like to hook them up to a polygraph, because I’m pretty sure there are a no good dirty liar.

POP Water has attempted to make a low calorie orange soda that is actually drinkable. They have succeeded to some extent. This doesn’t have an overbearing diet taste to it, but there is still enough of it to make me feel like I’m not truly enjoying it. The orange flavor is decent enough. It doesn’t contain any juice, but it does have extracts of natural orange. It tastes like a light orange soda until you swallow and then you get the stevia/erythritol in the aftertaste mucking everything up. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They should have just kept their limited amount of real sugar and left it at that. Any drink I’ve ever had with a zero calorie sweeter would have been better without it.

Website
http://popwater.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Diet, Soda Pop
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 25th, 2016
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Celsius Sparkling Orange

Celsius Sparkling Orange

Celsius sent us over a couple of flavors that we have already reviewed. I’m not sure if they are reformulated, or if it’s just new packaging, but since it’s been about five years since I reviewed the other one, I thought I’d give it another go.

When so much time has passed memories can get a bit hazy. I had a general idea of how this tasted, and reading my old review filled in some gaps. From what I said and what I remember I’m pretty sure they have tweaked the recipe a little. This has a cleaner orange taste and it’s not so much an orange soda flavor. It certainly still tastes diet, but I don’t mind it as much as I remembered. It’s a functional beverage meant to help you burn calories, so of course it’s not going to be loaded with real sugar. They seemed to find a way to soften the diet taste a bit, or else I’m just more used to it than I was back then. Either way if you are the sort of person that is drinking Celsius, then you probably have a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into.

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ORIGINAL REVIEW:
A couple of friends and I were planning on riding to Niagara Falls on our bikes today. It was close to, if not over, 90 degrees out but we figured we'd be riding next to the river the whole time, so it should be cooler. It was, but it was still pretty hot. Before we left I downed this can of Celsius. I definitely enjoy their sparkling drinks over their teas. They both taste so overly diet (they are weight loss drinks what so I don't expect otherwise) but the bubbles mask it a bit. This tasted like a really cheap diet orange soda that you would find at Aldi or some such discount grocery store. It wasn't the greatest, but for what it is and what it does I can't really expect a gem. I definitely felt an energy burst from it, and I will assume it helped burn calories. So I downed the can pretty fast, let out a humungous burp and hit the pedals.

We made it about halfway through Wheatfield when we decided to stop at a gas station and refill our water bottles. We were sitting outside sipping on some crisp cold water when suddenly my front tire let out all its air. It was loud and it was fast. The bike was laying on the ground for about ten minutes without being touched for ten minutes before it happened. I blame the sun. I really think it got to hot and burst. Stupid sun, you're just fighting dirty because I put on SPF 85 sunscreen!

Website
http://www.celsius.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Energy Drink, Sports/Dietary Supplement
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 23rd, 2016
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Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Pomegranate Berry

Claire Baie Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water Beverage With Juice Pomegranate Berry

Here at Thirsty Dudes we understand that every beverage is not for everyone. Specifically there are beverages out there that are not made for people like us, aka people who aren’t counting calories to try and drop a few lbs. When we come across these drinks we try to give them the benefit of the doubt and we attempt to be in the mindset of someone who this drink is actually produced for. These zero calorie, sweetened, sparkling waters are one such category. We try to find the best in the drinks, but after drinking so many that all taste fairly similar, it becomes hard. The sad truth is that when it comes to beverages like these a good portion of the flavor comes from the sucralose, or whatever zero calorie sweetener is being used. Some flavors cut through it better than others, but it’s always there and I never enjoy it. There are also the unfortunate flavors such as this that the supposed flavor of the drink is weaker than the sucralose and you only really get it in the aftertaste. I love pomegranates, even as much as I love a variety of berries, but they really aren’t allowed to shine in this. All I’m getting is gross diet-ness. People say you get used to it, but I still haven’t and I don’t think I want to. I’ll avoid my calories by limiting my sugary beverage intake instead of switching out the sugar for a different sweetener that ruins everything.

Website
http://witbeveragecompany.com/wbc-brands-jelly-belly-wbc-gi-chicago-green-river-caruso-legacy-black-
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Sparkling
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 8th, 2016
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Sotea Carbonated Tea Diet Peach Passion

Sotea Carbonated Tea Diet Peach Passion

Here’s an idea, let’s take a less than stellar beverage and make it somehow worse by taking out the sugar/stevia mix and replacing it with sucralose. Seriously why would they not just use all stevia? It may not be the best, but it is way better than the poison taste of sucralose. Nothing tastes real in this beverage. The peach tastes artificial and even the tea flavor seems fake somehow.. It’s not undrinkable, but it’s by no means enjoyable by my standards. It’s like there was a science fair and a kid decided to make a soda in his home laboratory. Oh yeah, that kid is a super scientist in the making, just don’t let her near anything you want to ingest. I really wanted to like this line and it just wasn’t meant to be.

Website
http://mysotea.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sucralose
Categories
Diet, Iced Tea, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
2/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on March 1st, 2016
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