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Tesco Light Choices Cranberry Juice Drink

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      11.04.2012 13:17
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      A great tasting, low cal juice

      I often drink cranberry juice and have found that this cranberry juice from Tescos is perfect for me. It is Tescos own brand juice and it is in their Lighter range which means it is lower in calories and fat. This is a 1litre carton and per serving which they note down as 250ml there are 11 kcal which is great as normally in a glass of juice there are a lot of calories. It costs £1 at the moment in Tescos.

      The carton is sturdy enough and looks pleasing to the eye. There is a little plastic opening bit on top which enables you to open the carton very easily and pour the drink with ease and no spills. The juice is a bright red/maroon colour and is quite thin in consistency. You can smell the cranberry flavour as soon as you pour the drink out. It tastes really nice to drink and is much nicer when it is cold from the fridge. The juice is actually a long life drink so you can keep it in the cupboard a long time and open it when you want. Although after it has been opened it needs to be consumed within 5 days. I always keep it in the fridge though as it tastes much nicer when you open it for the first time and it's cold.

      It tastes very fruity and is about half way between sweet and bitter. Some people find cranberry juice a bit bitter but this one isn't. It's also not sickly sweet either, just a pleasant fruity taste. It can also be served with vodka or even nicer is a cocktail of Amaretto, orange juice and cranberry juice - that's delicious.

      It is often noted on health websites that cranberry juice is good for anyone with urinary problems as it's good for the bladder although I don't think this is proven medical advice.

      A great juice for breakfast time, or evening if you want to add the alcohol to it!

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        03.05.2010 22:40
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        Healthier Cranberry Alternitive

        I love Cranberry Juice and have been known, on occasion to get through at least a 1 litre carton a day. I was happily drinking it for years, thinking it was the healthiest thing in the world as I didn't realise how much sugar regular cranberry juice contained. After reading a dooyoo review of the stuff and seeing that it was full of sugar, I decided to change to the light version and the first one I came across was Tesco's 'Healthy Choices' brand.

        Unlike regular cranberry juice, this product contains no added sugar and is therefore much better for you. A 200ml serving contains 10 calories and 1.8grams of carbohydrate from sugars - that's pretty much it, no sodium and no fat so you could do a lot worse than making this your juice of choice.

        The first thing I noticed about this product, before I had even tasted it, was when pouring it into the glass, it appeared to be somewhat 'thinner' and more watery than its sugar filled brother which is oven slightly syrupy, and when tasting it, although the taste of fresh cranberrys is present (even though this product is made of only 10% cranberrys by concentrate) it had a much drier taste than the regular version, I'm guessing that this is because of the absence of sugar. It did take a but of getting used to, but now I wouldn't go back to the regular version for anything. It also seems to act much better as a thirst quencher, again this may be because of the reduced sugar content.

        All in all, Im glad I found this product and feel much healthier for having changed.

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          30.11.2009 13:08
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          Delish Cranberry Juice

          I love Cranberry Juice and this one from Tesco is one of my favouries because it's not too tangy and has got a nice natural flavour. It's a juice drink so not pure juice but it tastes very nice and I think it's more refreshing than other cranberry juices.

          It's a lovely sweet drink that tastes of cranberries but more than that it's got a generalised fruity flavour. It's yummy mixed with vodka because the sweet taste of this juice takes some of the harshness away from the vodka. I last used it with Absolut vodka and that's smooth anyway but I don't think this juice has got a strong enough flavour to use with the cheapo vodkas you can buy because they are always a lot harsher.

          The juice is a thin one and that's good for me because I think it makes it easy to drink. It's a lovely red colour and smells delish when you pour it out. Some people might prefer it to have a stronger cranberry flavour but I think it's perfect and I even love the aftertaste, that's unusual for me because I usually think cranberry juice tastes a bit bitter for a few minutes after you've drunk it but this one is just lovely and sweet.

          You can also mix this with other juices to get a bigger range of flavours, I love this one mixed with mango juice because it thins the juice out and takes some of the syrupy taste away. It's also good mixed with apple juice but you have to be careful to use a mild apple juice because otherwise it will drown out the cranberry flavour.

          I will deffo carry on drinking this because it's a yummy refreshing juice that hasn't got the strong aftertaste or flavours as other brands of cranberry juice.

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            29.09.2009 12:41
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            Alot cheaper than other brands with lower cal intake, not comprimising on taste

            Cranberry juice is always on my shopping list as I use it as a vodka mixer. Vodka and cranberry is supposed to be one of the best alcholic options whilst on a diet or just watching your weight.
            I came across Tesco Light choices cranberry juice a few months ago. They are 3 for £2 and I think 69p each, coming in 1 ltr cartons.
            I have been drinking this particular cranberry drink ever since, I really enjoy it and do not believe that taste has been comprimised for this light choices drink.
            Tesco light choices are products that are not only low fat, low cal but also just as tasty and very affordable.

            Nutritionally a 250ml has:-
            Calories:- 10kcal
            Sugars:- 1.8g
            Fat:- 0g

            I have previously prurchased a leading brand of cranberry juice and can honestley say I enjoy tesco light choices option better as its just as good for taste, but also alot lower in calories and cheaper!

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            30.04.2009 18:07
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            Great cranberry juice

            I love cranberry juice, just love it.....particulary with vodka....but also I really enjoy a long cold glass with my breakfast. I love the dry yet thirst quencing taste and for me it is the perfect morning juice.

            The premium brand of cranberry juice I had been drinking was rather expensive though and due to the credit crunch I decided to take Martin Lewis advice and go down a level a for some of my shopping. I tried the standard Tesco's cranberry juice and it was way to sweet for me so I decided to try the Light Choices range.

            The packaging is quite distinctive and is in line with the rest of the 'Light Choices' ranges, it is a white carton with the light choices logo and features a very appetizing pile of juicy red cranberries. The carton also has a plastic resealable clip that makes it easier to store and means spillages in the fridge are less likely.

            It was way cheaper than my previous brand, coming in at about 30p less a carton and costing 62p for a 1 litre carton.

            Tastewise, it was much lighter tasting than other brands and perhaps not quite as tart as you might expect cranberry juice to be. I find it really refreshing and a really cold glass with ice is my perfect drink on a realloy hot day. The only real disadvantage for me, is that it is sweetened with Aspartame, something I generally try and avoid and I do think that the sweetner can be detected in the favour of the juice.

            Overall though I am pleased with this juice and the pennies I have saved have persuaded me to stick with it.


            Advantages: Light fresh tasty drink with few calories

            Disadvantages: Contains aspartame

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              08.02.2009 16:00
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              Light cranberry juice drink

              Drink more water is the cry we hear all the time and although I do drink the occasional glass I prefer something with some flavour, but don't drink Coke as I had to reduce caffeine and can't drink grapefruit juice either. Cranberry juice is a favourite of mine and good for the urinary tract as well as a high source of vitamin C.
              Sadly my regular Cranberry juice does contain a lot of sugar so I decided to try Tesco Light choices.

              The 1 litre box has an off-white colour and has a picture of a dish of lovely juicy red cranberries and a glass of the pretty pinky red liquid. It is suitable for vegetarians and 250 mls which is a quarter of the box contains only 10 calories, 1.8grams of sugar and no fat and no salt, so is a reasonably healthy drink. There is a plastic sealable opening, which is quite easy to click open and shut.

              Cranberry juice can be quite tart and I often find it leaves my mouth feeling dry, but the light choices is a much milder version and one I find pleasant to drink instead of water. It is a thin liquid compared with orange juice, and if I want a glass at breakfast time I would probably go for the full cranberry juice but as a drink on its own or with a meal then the light choice is good.

              The drink is made from 10% cranberry juice from concentrate so needs to be diluted with water, there is some flavouring and colouring added and sadly Aspartame is the sweetener. Because of this there is a warning that the juice contains phenylalanine. People who suffer with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) have the inability to metabolize it and must not consume too much. Pregnant ladies should not consume too much either as they have the same problem.

              Weightwatcher dieters may like to know that this contains 1 point per serving, although it doesn't indicate how big the serving is.
              If you drink a quarter of the box then you get 60mg of Vitamin C which is the full recommended daily allowance so a good thing to drink on a daily basis to ensure you have your Vitamin C to protect you against colds.

              Instructions are simple, shake the box and served chilled. It can be stored in a cool place until required and my box has a best before date of October. Once opened store in a refrigerator and consume within 5 days.

              I think it is a pleasant drink, good value for money at only 67p a litre box and if/when those hot lazy days of summer return (I remember some once!) try pouring a slug of gin over some ice in a tall glass and top up with some cranberry juice, delicious refreshing and you're getting some Vitamin C! Cheers!

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                06.02.2009 21:48
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                A cranberry juice which although high in vitamin c and low in calories lacks flavour.

                I normally have a glass of fruit juice with my breakfast every morning and for many years always chose to drink orange juice as I didn't really like pineapple or grapefruit juice. However about a year ago I was spending the weekend at my parents and my mum had Cranberry juice in the fridge so I thought I would try it. I found it a nice refreshing change from orange juice and have ever since changed between having orange juice and cranberry juice for breakfast. I have tried several different makes and recently decided to try the Tesco Light Choices Cranberry juice.

                The juice comes from the Tesco Light Choices range. These are products which are "Big on taste, light on calories, sugar or fat." The juice has no added sugar although to compensate for this it does have sweeteners added to it. It is high in vitamin C.

                So whats in the juice? There is water (that's the first ingredient which to me rings alarm bells, I would think in cranberry juice the top ingredient should be cranberries), secondly there is cranberry juice from concentrate (10%) a few other ingredients including colour and sweetners. The sweeteners including Aspartame which is found in many diet drinks and which many believe may cause health problems.

                Nutritionally for a 250ml serving there are -
                Calories - 10kcal
                Sugars - 1.8g
                Fat - 0g

                A 250ml serving also contains 100% of your RDA of Vitamin C. If you are on a weight watchers diet one serving is 1 point.


                The juice drink comes in a 1 litre cardboard carton and costs 67p. At the top there is a plastic flip opener which when you open it for the first time punctures a hole into the carton and allowing you to pour the juice. You can then push the plastic cap back down to reseal the carton. The drink does not need to be refrigerated until you want to use it then it should be chilled before use and then used within 5 days of opening. Having a glass each day you can easily use this up in the best before time.

                The juice itself is a lovely reddish pink cranberry coloured. The juice is quite watery in consistency but this is what you would expect with cranberry juice its not a thicker consistency like orange juice. So the main test is the taste test. Well it tastes of cranberries but its not a really strong flavour, it tastes like cranberry juice watered down. Its pleasant enough but the flavour is a bit disappointing. I would have liked to have something much more fruity flavoured. I think that in trying to make this a low calorie drink they have added too much water and lost the flavour of the berries.

                This is an ok juice, it is a good source of Vitamin C and is low in calories however it loses marks for lack of flavour. If you want a juice that's packed full of fruit flavour then this isn't the one for you. I will continue my search for a much better tasting juice even if that means (and probably will) having a juice with more calories, for me the taste is the most important factor.

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