Ricola’s Sugar Free Sweets

Ricola's Sugar Free SweetsRegular readers will know that I am concerned about sugar intake – not only of myself but of my family. One of the biggest battles I face is with sweets, which obviously contain sugar. But Swiss Sweet brand Ricola has an amazing sugar free range of herbal sweets. They held a Sugar Swap event in Manchester Arndale where shoppers were given the opportunity to bin their sugary snacks and drinks in exchange for a packet of Ricola sweets. There was also a Dietician on hand if anyone wanted to talk about sugar consumption and the benefits of reducing sugar intake.

OF GLOUCESTER’S ADULTS DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR SUGAR INTAKE

79% of adults in Gloucester admit to not caring about their sugar consumption, according to new research revealed today, with 71% stating that they don’t monitor their weekly sugar intake. Research commissioned by Ricola sugar-free confectionary found that Gloucester was one of the only areas of the UK in which adults don’t eat sweets or sugary foods every day although 14% still think they consume too much sugar and 21% would like to cut down on sugar.

Ricola's Sugar Free Sweets

These latest research figures are released as part of Ricola’s new Sugar Swap campaign, which encourages people to carefully consider their weekly sugar intake and swap high sugar content confectionary for low sugar alternatives.

Leading UK Dietician, Kirsten Crothers, who will be heading up a series of educational sugar swap events across the UK says: “Frequent intake of foods which are high in sugar can lead to obesity and other associated life threatening conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, as with many health messages, people are confused about what to eat and how to make lower sugar changes to their diet. Practical education is needed within the UK to help what is now a health crisis.”

Ricola's Sugar Free SweetsRicola’s research comes as the country’s war on sugar continues. Just this month, Public Health England has launched a £5 million Change4Life campaign to promote a ‘Sugar Smart’ app, which allows consumers to scan bar codes of products to reveal how much sugar is in everyday food and drink, including sweets. Whilst the UK is becoming more educated on the harmful effects of too much sugar in the diet, many are still misled by conflicting guidance around sugar-laden snacks such as sweetened drinks, cereal, chocolate, sweets and fruit juice. Latest government advice recommends that adults should consume no more than 30g of sugar per day, the equivalent of less than a single can of Coca-Cola.

Even simple everyday items such as a packet of extra strong mints can contain up to 95% sugar. It’s handbag treats such as these that Ricola are encouraging people to stop, think and replace for sugar free items to promote long term health benefits, including those related to dental health.  Andy Richman, Ricola’s Sales & Marketing Manager for Northern Europe comments: “We’re very keen to drum home the message that adults do not need added sugar in their diets. Just by swapping high sugar content snacks to healthier options, you can make a huge difference to your overall health’

One lucky reader can have a 6 month supply of Ricola Sugar-free Sweets by telling me why (in 10 words or more) they think that it would be a good idea and entering the Rafflecopter below.

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I was sent a few samples of Ricola’s sugar free sweets to try. Words have been provided for me but no financial compensation has been given.

142 thoughts on “Ricola’s Sugar Free Sweets”

  1. I think having a supply of these sugar free sweets will stop me from having other sweets which contain sugar as often. I have tried two flavours of the ricaladj sweets in the past and enjoyed the lemon ones and I think I could have these as an alternative to other sweets. I think having more of an awareness on sugar intake as to be a good thing, it is surprising how much sugar things contain. For an example a can of coke contains 18 teaspoons of sugar. No one would want to put 18 teaspoons of sugar into their month but that’s what they are basically doing. You would think things like that would be really sweet but people don’t realise how much sugar are in things like this and cutting down and thinking about what you are eating more will have many health benefits.

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  2. Having ricola sweets would stop me from eating as much sugar. I need something to eat or suck on. I try Liquorice roots, liquorice extract, salt liquorice, pepper smith mints and more but sooner or later the siren call of sweet sweet sugar comes back again.

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    • (sorry i read the competition entry as 10 words or less, but it’s 10 words or more) I am trying to lose weight and eating sugar free sweets is a good way of keeping my cravings at bay. I also like eating ricola sweets on my cycle to and from work, keeps me occupied! I’d really love to win this, love ricola sweets! Please void my other entry! Thanks!

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  3. I really like eating sweets and eat them all day! if I’m going to eat sweets all day, they should at least be sugar free 🙂

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  4. I’m diabetic but still like sweets. Ricola are my favourites as they don’t have that artificial taste that some sugar free sweets do. I love the lemon mint flavour.

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  5. I have’nt tried Ricola sweets before, but it would be nice to eat a sweet that is sugar free and is therefore better for you but still has a nice flavour.

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  6. I just lost half a molar the other day and though it was caused by biting something hard (a nut), I know it was weakened by having had too much sugar before. So in light of me not wanting to lose any more teeth, I am off sugar but my taste for sweeties is not yet diminished.
    So hello Ricola, wanna be my friend?

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  7. Such a great idea! I joined Slimming World 4 weeks ago, and it’s only since then that I’ve really realised just how much sugar and how many calories are in most brands of mints – I don’t use them at all now!

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  8. It seems these days that people regard processed food and sweets/sugary drinks as part of a normal everyday diet, whereas they should actually be regarded as a treat to be eaten occasionally!
    I love chocolate covered toffee, but I have one piece every other day after my evening meal, for example.

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  9. I would love to win as I really want to swap the sweets that a certain member of my family (mentioning no names 🙂 consumes on a regular basis with something more healthy 🙂

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  10. Having Ricola in my desk drawer would replace the sugary sweet I seem to need every afternoon after my lunch. I’m sure my teeth would thank me for it!

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  11. its a great idea, I often crave a little sweet something but the sugar and calories can really add up, these are a way to treat myself without affecting my diet..

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  12. My dad is diabetic so he is always looking for a sweet treat that won’t send his blood sugar sky high…these would be a lovely treat for him I think

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  13. This is the first time that i have heard of these sweets. MY grandad is a diabetic and has diabetic sweets that are sugar free and to be honest they dont taste nice at all. it would be great to try these to see if they taste any better 🙂 x

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  14. I think it would be a good idea as we should think more about how much sugar we consume and is a good idea to make swaps to low sugar/ no sugar options

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  15. My partner has diabetes but suffers more from having ‘a sweet tooth’ 😉 The Riccola sugar free alternatives will gradually ween him off of his lifetimes achilles’ heel and at the same time educate our little boy to eat more healthily and responsibly so he never has to go down the same route as his daddy. x

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  16. Great idea as I love to have a treat but always feel guilty, these are a great alternative especially when you start eating and just can’t stop!

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  17. I am Swiss and have known Ricola sweets since I was little. I’ve always loved them and used to stock up when I visited my family, so happy that I can get them here in England now. Even better if I won them 🙂

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  18. I have way too much sugar! It’s so hard as its all so hidden and I love fruit which has lots so this but would be a very good way to cut down

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  19. I think entering is a great idea because my daughter is a diabetic and sometimes its very hard to treat her with nice sweets.

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  20. It’s a good idea because people have no idea of the extent of the negative effects of sugar on the body. Also I’m generally really interested in the health effects of sugar – writing an extended project essay on it!

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  21. Diabetes runs in my family and unfortunately I have a sweet tooth! I’ve tried Ricola before and think they’re great, having a supply of ricola would save me from reaching from sugar filled sweets as I’m trying to keep track of my sugar intake while I’m young, but I’ll also be able to share it with diabetic members of my family to save them reaching for sweet things when they have a craving or their sugar levels are low.

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  22. I think it’s a great idea because most of us consume far too much sugar, but life would be miserable without sweet things! These would make a great thing to have when fancying something sweet, and they’re convenient with a lovely range of flavours!

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  23. Love these and especially the new pack’s better than the tubes have been spreading the word for ages about how good they are please dont go mad and increae your prices now Jamie Olivers got involved please

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  24. its great to be able to cut down on your sugar, and these would be brilliant for my parents because both of them are diabetic too

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  25. There are far too many products on the market today which are full of sugar and everywhere you go they are basically ‘in your face’. You just can’t get away from them, and for some the temptation is just too much. These wonderful sugar free sweets are a much needed addition to the confectionery market, not only for adults but children too!
    From a personal point of view after struggling with weight issues from a very early age these would have been a welcome treat many years ago and I’ll gladly use them now to treat myself to something sweet…..with a great big smile on my face 🙂
    Keep up the good work Ricola!

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  26. I’m always looking for ways to cut down on sugar, these sound perfect. I’ve never tried ricolas before but they sound really good.

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  27. I’m always looking for ways to reduce my fat and sugar intakes. Unfortunately most of the food I eat isn’t the best for me :/

    Sugar free sweets are a great way to swap out some of the worse items I eat for things that are more healthy.

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  28. I love sweets but having had a couple of fillings recently I’m trying to cut down on sugar to keep my dentist happy! These would be a perfect alternative to my usual sugary snacks 🙂

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  29. I love nibbling on something sweet late at night. Would be great knowin they were sugar free 🙂 also as a mum to3 boys, knowing I could offer sugar free sweets would be a bonus!

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  30. I think sugar free sweets are brilliant and I wish there were more available, fantastic for a sweet fix but not as damaging to your teeth and health.

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  31. As someone who watches the amount of sugar they eat because of the effect on teeth but who loves a sweet treat these would be perfect!!

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  32. I know that I have way to much sugar in my diet, a lot of its hidden sugars. I have cut down on my sugar intake this year but how can I have sweets with no sugar…………

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  33. I’m always trying to cut down on my calories so a sugar free sweet fix would be great for sorting my sweet tooth without expanding the waist band!

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  34. Since becoming a Mum I’ve found I have a real sweet tooth and after the excuse of Christmas I just haven’t stopped and have really piled on the calories by late evening snacking on sugar filled treats. I think these would be a great replacement to ease my cravings for a tasty treat whilst not increasing my ever growing waist line! Not to mention my poor teeth!

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  35. am always trying to cut down sugar intake but it’s in so many products it’s difficult to keep tabs on..more sugar free products are a must

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  36. Because I have realised recently that I have far too much sugar in my diet and want to address this. As I have a very sweet tooth these sweets would help me massively!

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  37. I think it’s a good idea because the traditional sweets tend to contain a lot of sugar, which is not good when trying to maintain a healthy diet.

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  38. Instead of sugar it contains the artificial sweetener Aspartame. This neurotoxin is much more dangerous than sugar. I would advise doing some reasearch.

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