Imagine: Pancake syrup with no sugar. How about coffee creamer with no fat? Fruit spread with no sugar? Can a company offer a wide array of products with “no calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars of any kind”? Yes, they can…and they have.
The company is called Walden Farms and they claim to save you 10,000 calories a month “The Walden Way.”
Of course everyone knows that any substance that is not “real” is not going to taste exactly like the real thing, but for anyone trying to eat healthy and still wanting the taste of chocolate syrup, marshmallow dip or ranch dressing, Walden Farms offers a wide variety of these types of items, which are naturally flavored.
Our review of the ranch and thousand island dressings is that they are a good replacement if you want the taste of the original “real thing” on your salad, but they are runny liquids, and if you’re not careful pouring it, you can go through a bottle very quickly.
We have found that adding some arrowroot powder or cream of tartar helps to thicken up these dressings without affecting the taste very much, also making the bottles last longer since a thicker liquid pours more slowly.
All nutrition information is given on the label of each product. They also offer recipe ideas using their products, which include a wide variety of sauces (seafood, BBQ, pasta, cranberry), ketchup, salad dressings, mayonnaise, dips and peanut spread.
One of the targeted consumer groups for Walden Farms products is people who have diabetes. Low-carb, low-fat and low-sugar foods are a mainstay for a diabetic menu, so having no-carb, no-fat and no-sugar items could be a dream come true for many who are managing diabetes with diet.
One online review for the caramel dip said, “It is a great way to feel like you’re cheating without all the sugar & calories!” Over all, reviews on all of the products show mixed feelings.
Some folks don’t like the taste: “Tastes terrible but has no carbs, no fat, no sugar, nothing!! What can you expect?” but others say that for a zero-calorie product, the taste is “pretty darn good.”
Another reviewer said, “Great for low sugar and low carb diets if you are realistic with your expectations….”
Whether you’re curious, or are seriously looking for a “no calories, fat, carbs, gluten or sugars of any kind” substitute for the real thing, you can order Walden Farms products online here.
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