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I tend to look out for lighter versions of food and drinks, or those that claim to have lower sugar, even if I don't really think they're any healthier in any way because of the other sweeteners/additives they pour in to them. Oasis is a drink I really like, but unlike many lighter versions that I find to still be very tasty, this isn't one I'm too keen on. Oasis Summer Fruits Light comes in a clear plastic bottle with blue label and light blue lid, with the Oasis logo clearly on the front. It looks summery with the colour and strawberry image design, so it's quite tempting when you want something a bit fruity and refreshing. It has a twist off lid that reads 'shake your butty', as for why it says that, I don't have a clue! It's described as a 'still low calorie summer fruit juice drink with sweeteners'. This contains natural flavours and no artificial colours, which is always good to know. Per 250ml serving, half the bottle, you get 8 calories and 0g fat, with 1.3g of sugar (1% GDA) which is pretty good. Usually a drink like this can rack up around 100 calories per serving, so my train of thought is usually to go for lighter versions to save on 'empty calories', as they say. It's best served chilled, and once opened, it should be drunk within 3 days. How does it taste? You can tell it's supposed to be fruity and it's light in the sense that it's a still drink without fizz, with a consistency pretty much like water. It's very refreshing (because it's water-like fluid) and quenches your thirst well, but it's the taste itself that I'm not so keen on. Yes, it's fruity, but there's something I can't quite put my finger on; the sweetness and fruit isn't particularly strong or easy to distinguish, it's more an essence of the flavours. It has an almost tangy taste to it that makes it taste somewhat less natural. It's supposed to have the fruity goodness of mixed fruits like strawberry, cherry and apple, but I couldn't easily pick them apart because, overall, it tasted bland. It's more a flavoured water with a hint of fruit, especially when compared to a regular Oasis drink. A small 'tagline' on the bottle reads: 'I'll go with anything'. I'd pretty much agree if you're looking for flavoured water that isn't particularly easy to drink. It's a shame that the lighter version just doesn't taste particularly good, even though it's still okay when you need refreshment, so perhaps Oasis is a drink I'll splash out a little on next time and stick with the regular version! Retails for around £1.08 (Tesco) [Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]
PACKAGING This comes in a medium sized, thick, see through, plastic bottle with a blue lid and blue label with "oasis" written on it in big white letters with bright red coloring highlighting them. There is pictures of stawberries and cherries on the label and it is very nicely designed. It definitely has the type of packaging which would encourage me to buy it. On the back theres a sign to advice against littering and one to show that the box is recyclable . The lid has a sign on the top to indicate that you twist the lid around to open it. (Like we need to know that LOL) It also asks "thristy?" then says "job done", and it says best served chilled which in my opinion it is. It also says still summer fruit juice drink with sugar and sweetners. NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION, TYPICAL VALUES PERS 100ML * Energy - 76.kg, 18 kcal * Fat - 0g, of which saturates 0.g * Protein - trace * Carbohydrate - 4.2g, of which sugars 4.2g * Fibre - trace * Sodium - 0g WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW? The information tells you to store this is in a cool, dry, place. It also tells you to refrigerate after opening and consume within 3 days. The information on the back of the bottle tells you not to reuse packaging. They have a website which is www.coca.cola.co.uk, suprisingly enough coca cola made this. I never knew that they made fruit drinks, until now and i am quite impressed with it. The 500ml bottle is two time's a 250ml servings. The flavour is a mix of apple, strawberry, redcurrant, cherry. MY OPINION This is very different from coca cola, i was shocked when i realised it was them made this. It is actually quite healthy in comparison to coca cola. Although its a liquid i find it tastes quite syrupy, there is a slight thickness to it. It reminds me of the strawberry nesquik syrup that you use with milkshake, this does leaves a nice taste behind once you have had a sip. It also does take away thirst, i dont feel thirsty at all after drinking it. Whatever it is in it that reminds me of syrup makes it quite hard to finish the whole bottle because after it i felt full like i had eaten dinner. I have no idea why but its filling. The packaging of the bottle is quite fancy, the problem is i have been watching tv on and off and reviewing this at the same time while drinking it and now that i have finished the bottle, i feel quite sick. I thought it was really nice when i started drinking it, i have had a complete turn of opinion and as nice as it did taste, it has left me feeling unwell. I will not be buying this again, i will be sticking to coca cola from now on. Yuck i feel awful now after drinking it, well for everyone who read this it did seem like a great product and taste nice at the start but afer you may just end up feeling as sick as i do now. Maybe its not this drink but i havnt felt sick in ages and it's straight after i drank this. I advice anyone who decides to drink this to prepare for feeling sick after incase it happens to you too. PRICE This costs £1.09 in the garage i got it from.
Oasis summer fruits extra light drink is great if you want something fruity and refreshing without the calories. It's a still fruity drink, so makes a change from all the carbonated fruit drinks out there. The juices used in this drink are strawberry, redcurrant, cherry and apple. It's a really nice flavour, but can have a bit of an artificial sweetener after taste. This doesn't bother me too much as the nutritional stats are really good on the calorie front. Each 500ml bottle contains just 16 calories, 2.2g of sugar and absolutely no fat! It costs around 95p per bottle. The bottle has an attractive label and the colour and design make the drink appear really quenching, which it is. It's made by coca-cola and is available in most stores and petrol stations. The bottle is fully recyclable. I think this is a great drink, light and refreshing. It's a regular choice for me when I am out and about.
You can buy this drink almost anywhere that coca-cola is sold. So corner shops, supermarkets, petrol stations etc. I am not a big fan of oasis or coca-cola. I feel as though I just drinking wasted calories. They do not feel re-hydrating at all unlike a fresh orange juice or any other juice with no additives. The taste is quite sweet, by the time I finished it I want a drink of water, which is what I should have done in the first place and it would have been free. I don't mean to be such an oasis hater but it is made by coca cola and I don't really trust their business after making bottles of water from tap water. I know that people drink several cans a day, my ex boyfriend was one of them but it just seems a waste and cant do much for your teeth either.
I suffer with dehydration problems which means I drink an awful lot. Not only do I suffer with dehydration problems (due to an eating disorder) but I also suffer with kidney stones and because of that issue I have to drink (at least) two and half litres of liquid a day anyway and definitely avoid coke and grapefruit juice which are not good for stones!. It's hard work to keep drinking but fortunately it can really be any drinks 9apart from the two I mentioned) as it's simply the liquid part that's important for me. I do try to drink healthy drinks though. Avoid coffee, my main vice is tea though lately I have converted to green tea and the likes a bit more. I find water terribly boring so as an alternative I decided to try this. The Packaging.... Long plastic see through bottle with a light blue label around it's middle with a picture of fruits on it. In white writing on the front I'm told it's Extra Light Oasis, Summer Fruits and at at the side there is an at a glance nutritional chart. On the back I'm told it's a 'Still Low Calorie Summer fruits Juice Drink', ingredients are listed, nutritional information is given in full, I'm told it's best served chilled, that the best before date is written on the neck of the bottle, storing instructions are given, contact details for Coco Cola are given (the manufacturer of this product), the size is listed (500ml) and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's a nice bottle with plenty of information on it and it has a blue cap that screws on and off the top of the bottle easily and you can keep it from 3 days of opening if desired. The Drink.... Well the flavours of this are apple, redcurrant, strawberry and cherry and the colour is a dark berry red colour. It smells sweet and there is a slight aroma of strawberry and cherry to it but nothing really stands out really and it's just a fruity smell. When poured it is a still drink so no bubbles and this is meant to be as good for you as drinking water! Taste wise it's very sweet indeed and the made up juice tastes watery and not at all thick. It's simply a light juice but does contain enough flavours (though nothing distinctive). It is fruity but drinking it nothing flavour wise stands out which is a bit baffling to me. It does quench thirst and leaves no nasty after taste but whilst drinking it although I appreciate the refreshing consistency of the drink I do feel that it is lacking in a distinctive taste somewhat and I do feel it is a little too sweet and for no good reason. Overall... It's ok and it's healthy enough. I like the bottle as it's quite large and I like the fact it really is a thirst quencher but really think it could do with being less sweet but if you like sweet drinks then it's fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase this but wouldn't avoid it either but really it is just sugary water! Ingredients.... Water, Fruit Juices From Concentrates 5% (Apple, Redcurrant, Strawberry, Cherry), Citric Acid, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator (E331), Preservatives (E202, E211), Colours (Caramel E150D, E122), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Stabiliser (E452), Contains a source of Phenylalanine). Nutritional Values Per 100ml.... Energy: 3.0 Kcal Protein: Trace Carbohydrate: 0.4g of which is sugars: 0.4g Fat: 0g of which is saturates: 0g Fibre: Trace Sodium: Trace Available in this flavour (500ml) for about 90p and the 1.5 litre bottle is about £1.45 and it is widely available.
I tend to buy quite a lot of sandwiches for lunch at places near my office which usually consist of Greg's the Baker or Subway and the only fruit juices they tend to have in the fridge (the rest of the drinks are all fizzy drinks) are the Oasis brand so as a consequence I have one or two of these a week. They come in a plastic bottle with a distinctive blue label with the word Oasis written on it in big red letters. My favourite flavour is the summer fruits which from the label on the bottle looks like it is made with strawberries, cherries and red fruits, etc. The range also includes: Blackcurrent and Apple Citrus Punch Extra Light Power Berry Oasis is made by the Coca-Cola company and has been in available in Britain since 1995. The fact that it comes from Coca-Cola makes me think that it is a good quality product made to the highest standards as Coke wouldn't accept anything else. According to their website Coca-Cola have marketed this drink as "the light-hearted drink with the grown-up attitude for those who know what they want out of life". It has also been promoted in Britain as an alternative to water. I do find it quite a refreshing drink when I have a sandwich and actually have found myself choosing it over water when I want something light and not fizzy. The summer fruits has quite a nice fruity taste without being overbearing but I don't really like the Citrus Punch flavour. To me it has a quite sharp and acidic taste and not a nice after taste. The one negative point with these drinks and it is a BIG one is the amount of sugar they contain. Firstly on the bottle they are described as a still summer fruit juice drink with sugar and sweeteners. On closer inspection of the bottle and the calorie count/sugar count etc it say that 250ml contains 10.5g of sugar!!!! The bottle is 500g (two servings) so if you drink the whole bottle in one sitting (quite easy as it's not that big, I generally take mine back to the office and finish during the afternoon) then you will have consumed 21g of sugar which constitutes 24% of your daily sugar intake allowance. This is just a hugs amount and if they are trying to market it against water then they really do not take the sugar into account because this is really not healthy. If you were to drink one of these a day then it really would not be good for you so I tend to see them as an occasional treat. They also contain 45 calories per 250g so again if you drink the whole bottle you will have consumed 90 calories on just a drink. Again, think of this drink as a treat and you will be fine from time to time.
Oasis is a range of refreshing non-carbonated fruit juice drinks with a light-hearted, grown-up attitude. It's for working twenty-somethings who know what they want out of life.