Last month, Uve Gourmet sent me a package containing five bottles of their "gourmet weight loss sparkling beverages" to sample and review. I am not a soda drinker; I gave up carbonated drinks many months ago. But I agreed to review them because I am always interested in the latest weight loss products out there, the claims being made, and how they actually taste and perform. I pride myself in *honest* reviews, so even though I am sent the products for free, there are no guarantees my reviews will be favorable. I say what I think and try to give useful information to potential consumers.
Uve Gourmet Weight Loss drinks are carbonated, but they are not the aggressive kind of fizzy that most sodas are. Their carbonation is mild and light and reminds me of the bit of gentle fizz you get in a bottle of good quality sparkling cider. There are two different varieties of Uve Gourmet drinks. One type, in a glass bottle, contains 50 calories and 11 grams of carbs per 12 ounce bottle. These glass-bottle types are sweetened with fructose and Stevia. The other type, distinguished by its plastic bottle and a giant "5 calories" label, is sweetened with Splenda, contains caffeine, and has 5 calories and less than 1 gram of carbs per 8 ounces (with 2 servings in each 16 ounce bottle). You can see what the drinks have in common and read about their endurance, weight loss, cardiovascular, and antioxidant ingredients here. Each bottle states "contains less than 1% fruit juice" on the label. Here is what I received:
Now for the review. First, the 50-calorie, glass bottle drinks.
There are three kinds, all made with natural rather than artificial flavors. The apple pomegranate flavor is delicious. It tastes a lot like sparkling cider. There's no artificial sweetener aftertaste; it is fresh and light and 'juicy.' I liked it a lot. The Superfruit flavor is not as 'fruity' as the apple. It has a mild berry flavor and tastes good, but not AS good. The Black Cherry Lemonade is the least 'fresh' tasting to me. It does have that black cherry flavor you get in a diet soda, and there is a bit of lemon in there but you have to look for it. This one tastes the most like a diet soda and the least like a sparkling cider.
Next, the 5-calorie plastic bottle drinks (it would be nice if these had a different name to distinguish them from the 50-calorie drinks... maybe "Uve Light?")
The Raspberry Lemon Lime tasted better and less "diet" than the higher carb/calorie Black Cherry Lemonade mentioned previously. It has a definite bright citrus berry flavor that I liked. The Orange Mango tastes more like a regular diet orange soda but with smaller bubbles. It was not as bright and fresh tasting as the Raspberry Lemon Lime.
Do I think any of these drinks helped me lose weight? No. I do not. And I was actively working on my weight loss when I tried them. No boost in weight loss for me. Do I think they gave me energy or suppressed my appetite? No, I don't. Do I think they are a better choice than the usual diet sodas? Yes, I do, for a few reasons. One, they have no artificial colors or flavors. Two, they do contain antioxidants and nutrients that may be beneficial, where diet sodas in general have none. I would also choose the Apple Pomegranate drink over a regular sparkling apple cider on special occasions, because the Uve Gourmet tastes just as good and fruity and you get 12 ounces for 50 calories and 11 grams of carbs versus sparkling cider with 210 calories and 52 grams of carbs for the same amount.
So if you're a diet soda drinker or a sparkling cider drinker, Uve Gourmet may be a better option for you to try. I personally will stick to my plain green tea, black coffee, and good ol' fashioned water.
*FTC-required disclosure: Uve Gourmet sent five bottles of their beverages to me for free so that I could review them.