sugar-free chocolate, cricket flour, marmite, Helen Foster


Instead they are sweetened with Stevia.

For those not up on their sweeteners

de jour, Stevia is a natural no-calorie, nocarbohydrate sweetener made from


plant commonly found in South America.

It's been traditionally used to sweeten

foods for years, and a few years ago, it

was launched in the UK market as an

alternative to artificial sweeteners. Since

then it's been used to cut carb counts and

calories in all sorts of products. It's also

suitable for diabetics. Now, Chocologic

are using it in their chocolate bars. And,

I have to admit they are really good. If I

hadn't had a press release and labels

proclaiming that this was no added sugar

chocolate I wouldn't have been able to tell

- and The Boyfriend, who, for someone

who says he's not a fan of chocolate

pulled his weight quite nicely during this

particular testing, was also a big fan.

It comes in three varieties - Milk

Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Milk

Chocolate with Hazelnuts. Of the three,

the Hazelnut one was my favourite, then

the Dark, Milk was nice but a bit bland

compared to the other two. In terms of

calories, carbs, fat, etc., here's how the

three flavours weigh up per serving of

four squares (that's a sixth of the bar).

• Milk - 64 cals, 4,8g fat, 4.5g

carbs (2.5g sugars)

• Dark - 58 cals, 4.6g fat, 2.5g

carbs (0.4g sugars)

• Milk with Hazelnuts - 67 cals,

5,2g fat, 4,2g carbs (sugars 2.6g)

Looks great doesn't it - the only thing is

I defy you to do is to just eat four squares.

We ate the whole 80g bar between us

in one go - so we could multiply each

of the above counts by three. Even then

though, there were still fewer calories than

a Mars Bar, so it's not soooo bad. I'll just

keep telling myself that, shall I? You'll find

Chocologic bars in Tesco.

The Marmite effect

There was a piece recently on the Daily

Mail website dailymail/marmiteface

about the faces Japanese people pull

when they first taste Marmite which

reminded me of a post I did a while back,

with exactly the same theme, what does

your Marmite face look like?

I came across a good idea in a recent

issue of US Health magazine where they

suggested that to boost the variety in your

diet you try a discomfort food every week.

That means either tasting a food you've

never had before, or re-trying a food you

don't think you like. I decided to give it

a go - first up was kale, I'd never tried

it despite it coming out time and time

again as THE most healthy vegetable

you can eat. It's lovely, particularly in

Asian noodle dishes instead of bok choy.

The Boyfriend then pointed out that my

ultimate discomfort food is Marmite.

I loathe it. I can't tell you if I've ever

eaten it as the smell alone makes me

gag but, apparently, it's good for you (B

vitamins and all that) so I figured, okay

we'll see. After all, until a year ago I didn't

think I liked olives - then a one-hour wait

for a table in a Madrid restaurant with a

bowl of them in front of me disproved

that belief. I eat at least five a day now, so

maybe I'm wrong about Marmite.

After all, if I could learn to like it, it

would give a health boost. It's packed

with B vitamins including folic acid and it's

a great source of B12 for vegetarians. It's

low in calories, low in sugar, low in fat and

low GI.

The Boyfriend offered to make it for

me, giggling maniacally as he slapped

it on a bit of toast. He even had the

camera ready…. My first thought was it

doesn't smell on toast - a result -- then I

took a bite. It didn't taste too bad. Then

I swallowed, and the aftertaste hit. Yuck.

It really is the nastiest substance known

to mankind. I had to drink half a pint of

milk to get rid of it. Never, ever again. So,

what's your discomfort food? And are you

brave enough to try it?



Marmite news for

travellers. Below, Helen's

'before' and 'after' Marmite

tasting challenge.


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