“ Silver Spoon Light looks and tastes just like regular sugar but has 33% fewer calories per spoonful. „
Silver Spoon Light Granulated Sugar.
Well the warmer weather is slowly approaching, and not being a lover of sweetners I recently spotted this Silver Spoon Light Sugar, for 70p in my local Sainsbury's Supermarket, and this comes in a recyclable paper bag which is containing 375grams of this lighter version of sugar, containing 33 per cent less than the normal sugar that we have in my house.
I am unfortunately one of those people that has a tendancy to have a sweet tooth, and therefore I like to have sugar on my breakfast cereal, I usually have a bowl of healthy cereal, flakes and fruit, but then tend to spoil it with a big heapful of sugar.
So now to the taste test :
Well on my cereals, this morning it didnt taste any different from the normal sugar I consume.
In my cup of tea, well that seems to be good too, I really could not taste the difference, so therefore have decided this is the one for me.
I dont enjoy the bitterness and the horrible after taste that sweetners have, and have tried the sweetner version of sugar form, which I would eat but didnt particularly enjoy too much, this one whilst being a little bit healthier and thats all good, I can actually say that you would not tell the difference between this and normal sugar.
It even looks the same, maybe a little bit finner looking, but as it tastes the same, and disolves in my cuppa just the same, I will be buying this again. A packet of sugar lasts quite a long time in my house, as I have one in my tea, and a spoonfull or half a spoonfull on my cereals if I can get away with it.
As I tend to bake my own bread too, I was thinking that this sugar will be great to add to my bread, as I do add a little alongside the salt when baking, although baking is relevatively a thing of the past, with my bread makeing machine. So I shall give it a try and will let you know how it favours when I do a review on my bread maker soon.
I like anything that helps to promote a healthier lifestyle, and this does.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews.
Silverspoon Light Granulated Sugar.....
I have tried to use sweetener in my tea but I usually do this for a couple of months then resort back to sugar because sweeteners just aren't the same. However, because I am trying to be good and shift this last bit of baby weight I thought I would give the sweeteners another go.
When down the sugar isle in Tesco's however I came across this Silverspoon Light sugar. It claims to have 33% fewer calories in it than your everyday granulated sugar. This I thought is worth a try. It didn't really cost that much more than a normal bag of sugar could and still came in at costing less than £1 for a good size bag.
On getting home and trying out this new sugar in a cup of tea I could honestly say that I tasted no difference from the normal sugar I buy. This is a great thing because it tastes no different but in actual fact I am getting less calories! Brilliant
I would recommend this sugar to everyone not just those wanting to loose weight. Surly if you like sugar then if this tastes the same but is slightly better for you why would you want anything else?
5 stars and a HIGH RECOMENDATION
I really like the Silver Spoons resealable boxes of sugar, I find them much better to the bags as you don't find yourself making a complete mess when you open the up.
So when I was in a rush I happened to pick up one of these packs of sugars without realising it was the 33% reduced sugar.
By the time I noticed it was too late and I decided to keep it.
I'm not usually a fan of these sugars as generally the texture is so fine that they are nothing like sugar apart from being sweet.
I wasn't looking forward to trying it out but once I opened the box I found it wasn't as bad as I had expected. The sugar was very white and that bit finer than the usual stuff but it looked ok. I tried it out in my tea and I was pleased. Even on my cereal it was great. Finally I used it in my Banana cake and It was just the same.
My only problem is this, when I looked at the box a little closer I noticed that it contains Sugar and sweeteners and more precisely Aspartame. Now Aspartame is a very controversial sweetener as it has been suggested that it's linked to various cancer growths such as Brain Tumours etc.
This is where I began to feel a little uneasy about using the light sugar.
Secondly the price was a bit higher than the usual box of sugar by about 25p.
Ah sugar, what a wonderful thing it is, we all love it, a little too much in some cases. I know that I for one eat a lot more sugar than I should, but really we all need to be careful about how much of it we eat. Too much sugar can seriously affect your health, it can:
~ Make children hyper and prevent them from concentrating
~ Cause depression
~ Decay your teeth
~ Cause headaches
~ Unbalance your hormones
~ Increase fluid retention, blood pressure and cholesterol
~ Cause speed the aging process
~ Contribute to weight gain and diabetes
~ Cause hypoglycaemia
So lately I've been trying to cut back on the amount of sugar in my diet, not only because of these health problems you can get but also because it contains loads of empty calories! I like to do a lot of baking which normally involves vast amounts of sugar. So when I was in the bakery aisle in Tesco's and saw Silverspoon Light Granulated Sugar I snapped it up so that I could make my baking a little healthier.
What's so special about this product? Well it's another brand of sugar from the very popular Silverspoon company who are the number one supplier of the U.K's sugar. I normally buy my white and brown sugar from the Tesco's range as it's cheaper but I know that this company is good as I buy my icing sugar from them. Silverspoon Light is just like your normal sugar except that it contains 30% fewer calories!
It comes in a little paper... bag I suppose is the best way to describe it, if you've bought or seen sugar before then you'll know what I mean. It has the usual Silverspoon logo on it and a purple forest of spoons plus it has the word LIGHT written in nig purple letters on the front and the GDA information. On the back are the ingredients.
Sugar, Maltodextrin, Sweeteners (*Aspartame, Acesulfame-K)
*contains a source of phenylalanine
It is suitable for vegetarians.
Each teaspoon (5ml) only contains:
0g of Protein
3g of Carbohydrate
0g of Fat
For those of you, who like me want to use this for baking here are the nutritional values for each 100g:
0g of Protein
100g of Carbohydrate
0g of Fat
The sugar it's seems to be a little whiter and a little finer than normal granulated sugar, so it might not be so good for making crumble with but apart from that it seems to be exactly the same as other sugar. I didn't notice a difference in the taste at all which is great because my baking can still taste sweet but contain less calories!
It's available in quite a few places; Asda, Co-op, Somerfield, Waitrose or Tesco. You can buy it in either 375g packs which cost about 70p or in 750g packs which cost about 90p.
Overall I really like this sugar and will definitely keep buying it. I give it a ten out of ten!
I have never been one for lots of fatty food, actually anything greasy makes me feel sick but I do like sweet things. Not that I am always eating chocolate or anything! I have never really been one for tea and coffee but do have the occasional cup which is increasing over time from one every few weeks or months to several cups a week depending on if I fancy a cup.
My other half is a tea drinker and has several cups a day. His influence has definitely affected my tea intake. The thing is I take my tea and coffee with two sugars. No I'm not sweet enough and I just don't like it without sugar. Don't anyone try and tell me it tastes the same with one sugar as it does with two either! NO IT DOESN'T!
When I went shopping a couple of months ago we needed some sugar so I got to the right isle and went to pick up our usual sugar, then I noticed Silver Spoon Light I had a closer look and decided that I had better get normal sugar as well just because I know how fussy my other half can be with these things and if he didn't like it I would only be making another trip to the supermarket to get some sugar and even if we did both like Silver Spoon Light the normal sugar would get used up too.
Silver Spoon is one of the two main sugar providers in this country alongside Tate and Lyle. They offer lots of different products, before writing this review I didn't realise just how many types of sugar there are! They make icing sugar, brown sugar, treacle, twice the sweetness sugar, jam sugar, sugar with pectin in, preserving sugar, cubes and a few others.
The picture Dooyoo have provided shows the packaging saying 33% fewer calories but the pack I bought says 30% fewer, why this discrepancy? I have no idea! The Silver Spoon website says 33% fewer calories too. I find this very strange! Either way that small amount of calories saved each time soon add up, not as quickly as the calories from regular sugar though!
This is just 10 calories per teaspoon whereas normal sugar is 16 calories so if you drink five cups of tea or coffee a day and each one contains two teaspoons of sugar then you have 160 calories from those alone or with this you would only have 100 calories. No? Still not convinced? Well over a week that would be 1120 compared with 700! Over a year that is 58,240 compared with a rather small (in comparison) 36,400 calories. That would mean that with normal sugar you would over the space of twelve and a half days get the same amount of calories just from your cups of tea or coffee as is recommended as a daily intake of calories* from your food! (With this product it would take 20 days to consume that amount.)
These are the hidden calories that you normally don't even think about. So if you cut down on them surely that is a good thing isn't it and the enjoyment of your morning (afternoon and evening) cuppa/cup of char/caffeine shot/mug of rosie lee/brew/pick me up doesn't have to be ruined by it tasting any different to the way you like it.
We have now been using this for about six weeks now and yes from the fact I have put we it means we both like it even though my other half was rather sceptical to start with he cannot tell the difference. I have tested that out by making him a cuppa with either regular sugar or this and making him taste test it. Not for the purposes of this review, just because he thinks he can tell the difference if it is skimmed milk (I have it he has semi) or if it is my caffeine free tea bags. He likes to think he can but there are occasions where he is completely wrong!
Silver Spoon Light comes in the usual white paper package but this packaging is slightly prettier if you ask me and you can tell they have made it more appealing to women as lets face it we are going to be the target market. With its purple, turquoise and lime design it is eye catching and it certainly caught my eye the first time and made me take a closer look. I have a 750g pack, I looked at the prices in Asda last night while doing my weekly shop and this is the only size stocked. I could not find this product offered on the Tesco website or the Sainsburys one so I don't know just how widely available it is. A 750g pack costs 98p compared with a 1kg pack of regular silver spoon sugar which is just 77p. This is quite a lot more expensive.
This looks a little different to sugar, it is finer grains and looks more like sweeteners such as Canderel. Very powdery grains, not what we all recognise as sugar. If you taste the sugar itself without anything else it is not the usual taste but more like that of a sweetener again. There isn't that crunchy texture that regular sugar has either.
When you use this in a cup of tea or coffee it just tastes like normal sugar and doesn't have any sweetener aftertaste that you normally get from Canderel and Hermesetas. I have tried using other sweeteners before and haven't found they give the same sweetness as sugar but this does.
Sometimes you get a cup of tea or coffee and the person making it hasn't stirred it enough. You get that sickly sweet bit at the end where all the sugar stayed at the bottom, with this it doesn't happen because the grains are so small they dissolve more easily.
I have also used this for making cakes and have found that it doesn't make baking taste any different to using regular sugar. My baking was just as successful and using this made no difference at all. I was worried that maybe my sponges wouldn't rise as well but they do.
From now on we will buy this instead of regular sugar as it is a great way to cut down on a few of those hidden calories and tastes exactly like regular sugar when you have it in your drinks and baking.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I think it is a great way to change a small thing and maybe get a big result. If you changed to this and were on a diet it would be a way of helping lose weight, however that will mean forking out on new clothes!
*The daily recommended calorie intake for women is 2000, which is what I used when comparing the amounts of calories.
For information on other products by Silver Spoon see their website. www.silverspoon.co.uk