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      25.10.2013 20:52
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      A nice fruity treat without the guilt

      I have been diabetic for a long while now and during a recent shopping trip in town I felt that my blood sugar levels were a bit on the low side and that I could do with something to eat, I didn't want anything too high in calories but I needed something with a bit of sugar in.  I came across the Weight Watchers Blueberry  Slices in a local shop, these were ideal, they were low in calories and fat, and also had enough sugar in to put my levels up a little bit.  

      The Weight Watcher Blueberry slices are basically rectangle shaped sponge cake with pieces of blueberry in them, they are then topped with white icing, the cake is actually quite thick, thicker than I thought it would be, the icing on the top is quite thin but for me this was ideal, it meant that the slices were not too sickly sweet yet it gave me the bit of sugar I needed to raise my blood sugar levels.  The pieces of blueberry in the slices give the sponge a lovely flavour and prevent the sponge from being too bland, they do not taste artificial at all, the product information states that the slices are made with real blueberries.  

      What drew my attention to these cakes was the fact that they are low calories and low in fat, each slices contains 81 calories and just 1g of fat so I was happy to have one of these to help put my sugar levels up.  As well as being low in fat these cake slices are suitable for vegetarians which again makes them suitable for me.  

      I bought my box of 5 Weight Watcher Blueberry Slices from a local Pound Store, obviously this cost me just £1.00, however these cake slices are also available from most supermarkets although they are a little more expensive, the price really does depend on where you purchase them from.  Personally I think that these are excellent value for money especially at just £1.00 per box.  

      I would definitely recommend the Weight Watcher Blueberry Slices, they have a lovely blueberry flavour to them which is of just the right strength and is not artificial at all, there are the right amount of blueberry pieces per slice, I did not find that some slices just had 1 or 2 pieces in and others had loads.  

      I liked the fact that the slices had icing on the top, this gave them a bit of sweetness without being too much, I find that if icing is too thick it can take away from the flavour of the cake but this was not the case with these.

       I like to try and watch what I eat (well most of the time) so the fact that these were low in calorie and fat was ideal as it meant I could have a slice to help put my sugar levels back up without feeling guilty for having cake.  

      I think these are fairly priced and good value for money, especially if you can get a box cheap like I did.  I will definitely purchase these again in the future.  

      WeightWather do cake slices in other flavours including lemon, almond and carrot cake.

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      24.09.2013 22:23
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      Love 'em!!

      Having recently started the Weight Watchers' diet, I am slowly making my way through the Weight Watchers' range of food items. Weight Watcher's Carrot Cake Slices are basically what they say on the tin...or packet in this case. They are small slices of carrot cake - low fat of course. Like a lot of the Weight Watchers' products I have tried and tested so far...a lot of them seem to be quite bland and tasteless, so I was not expecting miracles with this carrot cake. However, I could not have been more wrong. In fact I was very impressed with these little cakes.

      First of all I must mention the packaging. Each slice comes individually packaged in a little plastic box which you have to 'snap off' from the rest of the other slices in their little boxes. This is great I find as it means that you can snap one off and pop it in your lunch box or bag. I also find this is good for me as it means that it seems a bit too much effort to grab another one which is good for my diet!

      The slices are very small - perhaps around 6cm long and 2cm wide. Wouldn't it be great if you could have a 'diet' product which was a great massive slice? They are a gingery-brown colour with a white icing topping.

      The slices are delicious. They are very tasty; in fact I was surprised at how full flavoured they are. They have a lovely spicy flavour with small pieces of carrot. The sponge is light, soft and moist. The slices are topped with icing (quite a generous amount considering it's a Weight Watchers' product). The icing is nice and sweet and compliments the spice really well. I find them to be incredibly moreish. They go well with a cup of tea - it's just a shame that they are so small!

      Each slice is 2 Weight Watchers' points, which is quite a lot considering that they are so small. It is a shame that they are so small as I find that one is never enough, but then the fact that one slice is 2 points puts me off grabbing another one.

      All in all I would definitely recommend this cake slices - even if you are not on the Weight Watcher's diet. They are definitely the best Weight Watchers' product I have come across so far.

      Thanks for reading!
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      25.09.2010 20:18
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      Lovely, moist slices of cakes

      I love cakes and biscuits and things like that but from time to time I do get conscious of the rubbish I'm eating! Its when I suddenly can see I've put on a couple of pounds when I then decided to make a few cut backs. However having said that I still like my wee indulgencies and being a Weight Watcher (I lost 7 stone with them way back) I simply revert back to sort of counting points and reverting back to the principles that lost me the weight originally.

      When I did Weightwatchers all those years ago I very much liked the cakes from the range. Not only did I enjoy most of the cakes on offer I also could tell at a glance the points they cost my diet and never being happy trying to count points out myself I was more than happy to pay for these!

      These I never had till the other night and my flatmate actually treated me to them to have with a cuppa and to watch the soaps with lol.

      The Packaging:

      Oblong and fairly long box there is a photograph of the cakes on the front of it. I am told that they are Weight watchers '6; Almond Cake Slices 'Light almond flavour sponge slices, layered with strawberry jam on a delicate pastry base topped with flaked with almonds' and that they are suitable for Vegetarians and that they have 0.9g of saturated fat, are 95 calories a slice and have a point values of 1 and a ½ point a slice. Other information on the back of the box includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is listed and contact details for Anthony Alan Foods Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Inside the slices are all lined up in a tray with a plastic see-through covering over that is easy to tear open. Nice informative looking box this is.

      The Slices:

      Well the slices look like mini sponges and all they are really are bite size pieces of cake really. They are a light sort of creamy colour with thin flakes of almonds on the top and have a slightly sweet smell to them.

      These taste really great. They are light and moist because of the sponge and they have a slightly crumbly pastry base to them which gives a really nice texture against the sponge. To the middle of the slice there is a thin layer of red, seedless strawberry jam that is just enough and not at all messy and adds a little more sweetness and then you have the sort of nutty topping to the top (as I have previously mentioned).

      Not too sweet, these do not taste artificially sweetened at all. They are not messy to eat, me greedy could complain that they should be bigger but these are for us people who are meant to be calorie counting after-all!

      I liked these so much I sat and scoffed all 6 of them and that is a problem as they taste really good! A very nice Weightwatching product...if eaten in moderation lol.

      Nutritional Information Per Slice:

      Energy: 95Kcal;
      Protein: 1.4g
      Carbohydrates: 16.6g
      Of which sugars: 7.5g
      Fat: 2.6g
      Of which saturates; 0.9g
      Fibre: 0.6g
      Sodium: 0.07g

      Available in all good supermarkets etc at about £1.00 a box.

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        29.07.2010 23:14
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        Go for the types with icing on top, they are more moist and enjoyable.

        Carrot cake slices- the BEST by far in the weight watchers range of cake slices. They are moist in texture with a spiced flavour to complement the carrot. The icing on the cake is of course the icing on the cake. It is sweet and soft with a slight crisp to the top. If you follow another slimming club other than Weight Watchers then they are 4 Syns on all days. This of course means you could in fact have 3 with your cup of tea before bed but I would recommend 2 as this is just the right amount to satisfy a sweet tooth.

        Almond cake slices- very DRY in texture. There is no icing to moisten and the flaked almonds on top only add to the dryness in the mouth. The actual flavour of the cake is nice and resembles that of a Bakewell slice. However, the two cannot be put in the same category. Unfortunately, the layer of pastry on the bottom secures my feelings towards this cake because pastry is a food that I simply don't bother with. I would rather have a chip.

        Lemon cake slices- the flavour of this cake is the first thing you notice. It is extremely TANGY and almost kitchen spray like. Don't be put off by this though because they are enjoyable to eat. The icing on top of them eases the lemon flavour and makes them in to an enjoyable experience. You may only want one though, a good thing, some weight watchers may say.

        Date and walnut cake slices- DO NOT GO THERE. To put it simply, only eat these if you are really hungry and the cupboards are bear. They are dry and lacking in flavour. Disappointing if you are wanting a treat after a day of eating nothing but lettuce. And, at 3 ½ Syns per go, why not have a carrot cake eh?

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          05.05.2010 12:51
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          Great for dieting without deprivation

          The Weight Watchers cake slices are great! I especially love the carrot cake slices, and they are surprisingly low in calories and fat because they are really tasty. The downside is that they are quite small (you could quite comfortably eat one in two bites), but I guess this is one of the ways they make them taste good whilst keeping the calorie content down!

          They are made up of two parts - the carrot cake base and the icing style topping. The carrot cake base is very sweet, although it is a little dry. However, the icing topping helps to combat the slight dryness of the cake and makes it just moist enough. At just 90 calories a slice, I didn't expect it to taste great, but it is really flavoursome and despite the small size, it does well to combat the cake craving without making you feel like you are depriving yourself(and saving a good few hundred calories in the meantime!)

          I have also tasted the lemon slices, which are very good as well - they are of a similar specification to the carrot cake in that they are maybe slightly dry, but again they do well to combat any cake cravings and are much lower in calories than a typical lemon cake (albeit it in a smaller portion!).

          I would recommend these slices to anybody watching their weight, but who doesn't want to completely deprive themselves of tasty snacks!

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          15.03.2010 23:09
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          Delish Carrot Cake Slices

          I had a couple of Weight Watchers Carrot Cake Slices at my mates the other day and they was quite nice, they're dead sugary so I reckon it's only because they're smaller than most carrot cakes that they've got less calories in them! lol

          They are quite stickey feeling and smell a bit like cinnamon, the sponge feels soft and there's more icing on the top than I'd have thought for Weight Watchers. The slices have got a yummy taste, they taste like any other carrot cake and you can taste the spices and how sweet the sponge is. There are bits of carrot in the cake but not all that many and they're grated proper thin as well so you can't feel or taste them, I don't think you're supposed to TASTE the carrot in carrot cake anyway and that's a good thing! lol

          The icing is yummy as well, I think it's some kind of yogurt icing and you can deffo taste the icing sugar in it. There's another taste to it as well and if you lick a bit of the icing off on its own then you can taste like a citrus vanilla flavour, it goes wicked with the sponge and the whole thing tastes like delish carrot cake.

          The only thing is that each slice is gone in 2 bites, they're TINY! I reckon they're only about 2/3rds of the size of a Mr Kipling cake and I'd deffo need 2 every time I wanted a carrot cake and could probably get through the whole box in less than an hour! lol That isn't good for people on a diet and it's a good thing that Weight Watchers have made these cakes lovely and light but a bad thing because it makes them mega moorish but not sickly at all so you don't know when to stop!

          I think the flavours in the cake are wicked and the texture is spot on as well, they feel like a proper treat not like a lot of Weight Watchers cakes that just taste boring and dry. I don't think I'd buy them all that much because the full fat versions are bigger and a bit cheaper, I deffo recommend them for anyone on a diet though because you get a taster of carrot cake but without killing your diet.

          Recommended!!!

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            14.03.2010 21:56
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            Yummy

            Weight Watchers produce a variety of different cake slices, all of them worth between 1 and 2 points. This particular review is for the Almond Cake Slices. Having already tried the Belgian Chocolate Slices and been unimpressed with them (see my two star review!), I was a bit dubious as to whether these would be worth trying. However I decided to give them a go, and I'm really pleased that I did.

            The slices come in a pack of six, packaged in a plastic tray surrounded by cellophane. The tray comes inside a white cardboard box which is recyclable. The box has all the nutritional information on, plus some pictures of tasty looking cake slices.

            Inside, the cake slices are quite small, definitely a lot smaller than the sort of slices you would get from Mr Kipling, for example. They smell really sweet and almondy and look quite appetising even though they are so little! They also have a nice texture to them, not all dry and stiff like some cake slices, they have a bit of bounce to them when you touch them and are quite soft and moist.

            The slices have a layer of sweet jam over the pastry base, which is then covered in sponge, which then has a sprinkling of almond slices on the top. The textures all work really well together and provide a lovely soft treat. The slices are not too light or airy though, they are quite solid and heavy so they fill you up. The almond shavings on top are really nice as they are not too chewy or tough the way some almond pieces can be.

            I love the taste of these slices, they taste quite similar to frangipani tarts but with more of a cake-like texture. They definitely don't taste low calorie. They are lovely to eat either alone, or if you are feeling naughty then they are incredible warmed up with some custard on.

            Each slice contains 1 and a half Weight Watchers points, 95 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, 0.9 grams of saturated fat and 7.5 grams of sugar. These values are really low compared to most cake slices although that is still a lot of sugar so I wouldn't recommend having more than one of these a day!

            A packet of six of these slices currently costs £1.14 at Asda, which although slightly more expensive than some other brands of cake slices, is not as overpriced as many other Weight Watchers ranges, such as their crisps. Personally I think these are worth the money and I will be buying another packet soon!

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            01.03.2010 08:09
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            Weight Watchers Almond Cake Slices

            This review is for the Weight Watchers Almond Cake Slices.

            Packaging:

            These slices comes inside a box and are housed in a plastic tray which is covered by a clear film. There's a picture of the slices on the front, along with the name, the Weight Watchers points value, a statement that these are suitable for vegetarians and a few other bits 'n' pieces. The back of the box contains the usual information: ingredients, nutritional information, some stuff about Weight Watchers and contact information for Anthony Alan Foods who have made this product for Weight Watchers.

            You can visit the Weight Watchers website: www.weightwatchers.co.uk for more information

            The product is described as:- "Light almond flavour sponge slices, layered with strawberry jam on a delicate pastry base topped with flaked almonds"

            Ingredients Wheat Flour, Strawberry Jam (20%) (Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar Syrup, Strawberry, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Citric Acid), Sugar, Whole Egg, Vegetable Margarine (Vegetable Oil, Water, Salt, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Flavouring), Water, Humectant ( Vegetable Glycerine), Almonds (2%), Citrus Fibre, Glucose Syrup, Flavouring, Maltodextrin, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate), Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Emulsifier (Mono - and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids).


            Nutritional Information per slice {per 100g in brackets}

            Energy kJ: 400kJ {1538kJ}
            kcal: 95kcal {365kcal}
            Protein: 1.4g {5.2g}
            Carbohydrate: 16.6g {63.8g}
            of which sugars: 7.5g {28.7g}
            Fat: 2.6g {9.9g}
            (of which saturates): 0.9g {3.6g}
            Fibre: 0.6g {2.4g}
            Sodium: 0.07g {0.25g}

            Allergy information: contains nuts, wheat gluten, egg. May contain traces of nuts.

            For those of you on the Weight watchers diet each of these cake slices has a value of 1 and a half points.


            The Slices:
            The slices are "housed" in one plastic tray, so you can't pop a couple of them inside a lunch box like you're able to with some of the Mr. Kipling's slices. They measure just over 6cms long, 3cms wide and 2.5cms deep. The majority of the slice is made up of the pale yellow coloured sponge. A little above the bottom of the slice a thin layer of jam is visible whilst at the top you can see a thin covering of almond slices.


            Price:
            I paid a pound for one box of these at Sainsburys.


            Taste and Opinion:

            These are actual rather pleasant. I can't say I'm a massive fan of nuts and indeed of almonds in particular but the one atop these slices are sliced thinly so that they don't dominate the rest of the slice beneath them. Still at 2% of the product they could be that large in size, could they?

            The sponge below is reasonably moist. Not so moist that it feels wet and claggy but moist enough so that the slices don't feel dry and crumbly. There is a hint of the strawberry jam, and I do mean a hint, there's not quite enough of it for my personal taste. I would have preferred for there to be more as I think it would have added to the overall taste of the slices.

            The base is slightly firmer than the rest of the slice but not to the extent that it's excessively chewy or hard on the teeth. Overall, as I said, these are pleasant rather than great or wonderful.

            Like most of the other Weight Watchers desserts these are relatively low in fat but not that great on the sugar front. On the Food Standards Agency traffif light system these are ranked red for sugar and yellow for fat, saturated fat and salt.

            It's hard to believe that the strawberry jam makes up 20% of each slice too.The ingredients don't make that great reading if you're looking for products that use natural ingredients either. All in all these are better than some Weight Watchers dessert options but they're nothing special.

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            22.02.2010 16:24
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            If you are looking for a low fat treat, look no further

            Since Christmas I've been carrying a little extra 'holiday' weight and in an effort to shift it before the summer, I'm trying out the weight watchers programme.

            Weight Watchers is basically a weight loss system where you are allowed to consume a certain number of 'points' per day. What are points? Well, each food type is allocated a certain number of points based on its calories, fat and fiber. The number of points you are alloted depends upon your current weight. You can also earn extra points through exercise.

            I love sweet treats and find that most sugary snacks are very high in points, so I was struggling to find goodies that would not use up all my daily points allowance. Take for example, a small bar of Dairy Milk, this has a points value of 5.5, so deduct this small treat from my daily allowance of 18 points, and I'm left with only 12.5 points to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner! Not good math eh!

            So when I heard about these little Weight Watchers Carrot Cake Slices, I thought I'd give them a try. At only 1 point they make for a tasty treat with a nice cup of tea or coffee, or anytime you are craving something really sweet. They really do hit the spot.

            They come in a box of 6 slices, and are quite small, about one inch thick, and about 2.5 inches long. The slices are laid out in a plastic tray, covered in cellophane, but often the topping of the carrot cake sticks to this, so you lose some of the yummy frosting. The cake is really moist and moreish, you fall into the danger of wanting to eat the whole box. The cake is a orangey, golden colour flecked with bits of carrot and coconut which gives it a real 'bite'. The topping is made from a yoghurt icing and is very mouthwatering, it's spread quite thinly but could do with being a just a little bit thicker.

            These can not be compared with 'real' carrot cake, if you do compare you will be disappointed. They are after all a low fat treat designed to help you in the battle of loosing weight. If you buy them with this in mind, then I think you will be pleasantly surpised by them, they are tasty, hit the spot and at only 1 point each, you can afford to have another.

            I purchased them on offer in Sainsbury's a while ago for only £1, but I'm sure the regular price is not much more.

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            14.02.2010 20:12
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            Definetly worth a try!

            I am writing this review based on the Almond cake slices.

            I brought these cakes whilst out shopping earlier this week, as I have a really sweet tooth, I was looking for something not too high in caleries for a quick sugar kick, so I was pleased to come across these low calorie alternatives.

            The description on the box is: Light almond flavor sponge slices, layered with strawberry jam on a delicate pastry base topped with flaked almonds.

            Inside there are six , quite small, slices of cake. As soon as you open the packet, there is a gorgeous almond smell. The cakes are lovely, they are very sweet, so give you that sweet boost you sometimes need. It was very moist, and I loved the almond taste.

            - Nutritional information -
            Per slice.
            Calories: 95
            Fat: 2.6g
            Saturated fat: 0.9g
            Salt: 0.07g
            Sugar: 7.5g

            Weight watchers list them on the box as having 1.5 points value per slice, which sounds quite good if you was following the WW plan.

            I brought them on offer in Sainsburys for £1 per box of 6, but I think the usual price was £1.35 which I still think is reasonably priced.

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              05.02.2010 12:42
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              A tasty and low fat alternative for your sweet tooth!

              Weight watchers have done themselves proud here......There is nothing I like more than a good chunk of cake or a sweet treat. Despite my life being a permanent diet I simply can't resist, which is why I turn to good old Weight watchers deserts to get me through the day.
              I absolutely love carrot cake, but traditional hand made carrot cake can often be calorific, particularly the thick creamy topping. So I was pleasantly surprised to see that Weight watchers had made some low calorie alternatives.

              There carrot cake slices come in a pack of 6 and each one is only one weight watchers point or 90 calories. So while its not the healthiest snack you could have, for a good quality cake its not bad at all.

              The cake itself tastes delicious, not too strong a carroty flavour, it is quite subtle and surprisingly moist for a packaged cake. The icing on top was only a thin layer, which admittedly I was disappointed with as I like a nice think icing but then again that's why they are low fat. And the yoghurt icing couldn't be faulted in taste, it was delicious, lovely and sweet.

              They are a little small, but then again when you are on a diet you are supposed to only be having little bits of sweet treats. So I don't think they can really be criticised for this.
              These simply melted in the mouth and were so delicious I had to restrain myself form eating the whole packet!!

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              24.01.2010 10:09
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              These are good in moderation, but not designed for too many at once!

              I LOVE these cake slices! The first ones I tried were the carrot cake slices. I've never been a fan of diet foods, but since carrot cake is my favourite kind of cake, I was tempted. I must say, they were extremely tasty! The cakes were very moist and the icing was soft, not hard as I would expect, being wrapped up and packaged and sitting on a shelf the way they are! I was even more delighted to see that they are only 71 calories per slice! I was on a 1200 calorie diet at the time, and I remember thinking how great it would be, because I could eat only 17 of them throughout the day and I'd be more than happy! BEWARE though - there is a down side! If you are on a low-carb diet, then this definitely isn't the snack for you, because although they are low in calories, they have 15.3 grams per slice!! So if you are trying not eat carbs in the evening (which I am trying not to do unfortunately) then they don't really suit as a late night snack.

              However, I do love chocolate, and the belgian chocolate brownies are devine! They are a wee bit higher in both carbohydrate and calorie count, 99 calories, and 18 grams of carbs (!!!) but this is obviously a lot better than a chocolate muffin from your local bakery! I've also tried the almond slices, which are nice, but annoy the heck out of me by how crumbly the base is, and I think next time I'm at the supermarket I'll try the apple crumble slices, because from what I've tried, I think Weight Watchers have done well with these. Only trick is, don't eat the whole packet at once, because that destroys the low calorie idea!

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              10.01.2010 10:57
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              Highly recommended

              ****This review is for weight watcher's carrot cake slices****

              Always on the lookout for sweet treats that are compatible with my diet, I was thrilled to find these carrot cake slices in Coop the other day. I had never noticed them before, but then found a packet in the reduced short-dated shelf of the shop and decided to give them a try. This packet cost me only 50p but was marked down from a regular price of £1.15.

              Even better, unlike many carrot cakes, this one doesn't contain nuts. I suppose this is due to the fact that nuts are so high in calories, but it also meant that my boyfriend with a nut allergy could eat them. However, I don't recommend this to everyone who's allergic to nuts as they are "made in a factory that handles nuts". However, my boyfriend does disregard those statements and in this case it turned out to be just fine.

              The carrot cake slices come in a fairly plain box that doesn't inspire a lot of confidence as it's quite spartan, coloured white with the Weight Watchers name emblazoned across it. This made me think the cake slices would be insipid and boring too, but this couldn't be further from the truth.

              Each cake is only about an inch wide and maybe 3 inches long, as an estimate. This means they can be gobbled up in 3 bites but you can take tiny, tiny bites and make them last longer (or maybe I'm just a bit sad!).

              The cakes are covered in a fairly thick layer of yogurt icing that is lovely and sweet. And the cakes themselves are absolutely delicious. The cake is very moist and contains a lot of spice, plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg to add excitement to them. Because they are so strongly flavoured you don't feel too deprived as you wouldn't want to eat a much larger portion anyway.

              Each cake has only 71 calories in them. If I recall correctly, they only have 2 points per cake (although I could be slightly off on this as I don't have the packet anymore and I follow calories, not points myself). Definitely they're an excellent addition to any dieter's stock of sweets and are perfect for lunchboxes as well as eating with a nice cup of tea instead of a biscuit.

              Not too sweet, packed with flavour, and in summary, these cakes are brilliant and I'm so glad I found them.

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                Tastes nice but is by no means a healthy snack

                Weight Watchers Carrot Cake Slices

                The Taste

                Surprisingly nice! The carrot cake itself was very moist and was topped by sweet tasting spiced icing, which was very tasty. It was not at all what I was expecting from a weight watchers cake, however after reviewing the nutritional information on the label it was clear to see that this was by no means a guilt free treat.

                Nutritional information

                Per 100 grams
                Calories - 263
                Fat - 2.7 grams
                Saturated fat - 1.4 grams
                Sugar - 46.9 grams
                Salt - 1gram

                National Guidelines (based on 100 grams)

                Sugar (grams) - High = over 15g, Medium = 5-15g, Low = 5g or below
                Fat (grams) - High = over 20g, Medium = 3-20g, Low = 3g or below
                Saturated Fat (grams) - High = over 5g, Medium = 1.5-5g, Low = 1.5g or below
                Salt (grams) - High = over 1.5g, Medium = 0.3-1.5g, Low = 0.3g or below

                The nutritional label gives the amounts for both 100 grams and per slice (24 grams). It is the 100 grams that we need to compare against the national guidelines to assess whether the food is high or low in certain nutrients. From looking at the label it can be seen that although the cakes have a low fat content they have an extremely high sugar content, 46.9 grams, compared to 5 grams which is classed as low sugar. This is the equivalent of 9.4 teaspoons of sugar per 100 grams and 2.5 teaspoons per slice. Sugars, when eaten raise our blood sugar levels rapidly, causing an increase in the hormone insulin in the blood. Insulin's role is to clear sugar and fat from the blood. It does this by storing them in tissue for future use, as apposed to allowing the body to use them as a source of energy, thereby causing weight gain. We should therefore limit our sugar intake and ensure that we pay attention to the amount of sugar on a food label.

                I was surprised at the amount of salt that was in this product, 1 gram per 100 grams, which is a medium content according to national guidelines. I couldn't taste the salt at all when I tried the product. This is due to the extremely high sugar content. You may be wondering why they put salt into this product if you can't even taste it. Well the reason for this is one of several reasons, either to cover up the bitter acid taste of preservatives in foods or to make really sweet foods taste less sweet. They do the same with foods which are really salty, they add sugar to mask the salty taste.

                When I assessed the food label it only contained a value for sodium, which is not the real value of salt. To get the salt value you need to multiply sodium by 2.5. Food companies do this to make the salt content appear less than it actually is.

                So, with sugar and salt hidden in foods that you wouldn't associate them being in or taste them in and food companies trying to make it look like there is less salt in the food than there actually is, it is clear to see how some people may be consuming too much salt or sugar in their diet. They are therefore putting themselves at risk of weight gain and an increased risk of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

                Summary

                In summary I won't recommended this product as the healthy treat that it is marketed as. It has an extremely high sugar content and a medium salt content. These foods should certainly not be consumed regularly especially for those people who are trying to lose weight. I am disappointed that it has the weight watchers brand and that people will be unknowing consuming huge amounts of sugar and salt.

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                  26.08.2009 15:14

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                  A yummy little treat

                  Weight Watchers is an international company that offers various dieting products and services to assist weight loss and maintenance. While I haven't personal followed the exact weight watchers diet plan I do use there products when I am trying to lose weight. As a lifelong yo-yo dieter I struggle with my weight. I find weight watcher produces can help me stick to a calorie controlled diet.

                  I find weight watchers huge range of treats help me to stick to a diet as its the sweet treats a crave most. Thankfully weight watcher make the most delious Lemon cake slices. Whats more weight watchers individual wrap them so you don't have any excuse to eat the whole box in one sitting they must understand fatties like me. I personally perfer these lemon slices to other famous brands and pick them over Mr Kiplins the famous cake maker.

                  The sponge is soft, moist and you get a thin layer of icing on top has a swet tangy taste. They are rather on the small side but none the less they still helps stop that terrible sweet tooth craving of mine. I lovely yummy treat for dieters with only of 0.5g of fat and 79 calories. Perfect for afternoon tea

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              • Product Details

                Carrot Cake slices, Lemon slices, Almond slices, Cherry Bakewells.