Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tropicana Trop50 New Multi-Vitamins and Red Berries

I last wrote about Trop50 way back in 2013 when Tropicana brought out a new low sugar version of their fruit juices. While the Apple, Orange Original (with bits) and Pomegranate and Blueberry have since disappeared, two new varieties have recently hit the supermarket shelves.

Like the others in the Trop50 range, the new ‘Multi-vitamins’ and ‘Red Berries’ have 50% less sugar than regular fruit juice and are sweetened with Stevia (steviol glycosides). All flavours have only 20 calories per 100ml.

Trop50 juices are described as:
  • A delicious blend of not from concentrate juice and water with Stevia leaf extract.
  • Juice drink blend of 7 fruits and refreshing water,
  • Never from concentrate.
  • Made with 100% pure squeezed fruit.
  • Packed with vitamin C, which helps reduce tiredness.
  • With 50% less sugar than your average fruit juice.
  • No artificial colours, sweeteners or flavours
Trop50 is a regular purchase in my household, mainly the Orange & Mango and the Orange varieties. I started purchasing this brand due to the lower sugar content, lower calories and the fact that it’s sweetened with stevia. My family all love the taste of the Trop50 juices so I’m happy to keep buying as it.

Looking at the ingredients, it’s really just watered down juice with some additions, which I know isn’t ideal. However, there’s nothing artificial and it has been fortified with extra vitamin C (which is naturally lost during processing of fruit juice).

I’ve tried both the Multi-vitamins and the Red Berries and have to say they’re both really good. The multi vitamins is a mix of orange, apple, pineapple, banana, pear and grape which all combine to form a lovely tropical flavour. I can detect the pineapple and passion fruit quite clearly and the rest sort of blends into a refreshing and tangy drink.

I’m not much of a fan of berry drinks, but the Red Berries drink is different to any other I’ve tried. It has a real depth of flavour and I spent some time trying to figure out which berry I could taste. The label lists apple juice as the main ingredient, in fact 35% of the juice is apple with only tiny percentages of raspberry, blueberry, elderberry and grape. But the berry flavour does get through and it went down a treat with my husband while the kids preferred the Multi-vitamins.

Either way, I would say both these varieties will be making a reappearance in my household, along with the Orange & Mango.

Available in most major supermarkets.

Nutrition per 100ml Multi-vitamins: 20 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturates, 4.9g carbohydrates, 4.3g sugars, 0g fibre, 0.2g protein, 0g salt. 41mg vitamin C, 1.7mg B3, 0.2mg B6, 0.8mg B5. Contains naturally occurring sugars from the juice.

Ingredients (Multi-vitamins): Water, Orange Juice (18%), Apple Juice (13%), Pineapple Juice (4%), Passion Fruit Juice, Banana Puree, Pear Puree, Grape Juice, Thickener (Pectin), Acids (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides), Colour (Beta-Carotene), Natural Flavourings, Vitamin C, B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6

Nutrition per 100ml Red Berries: 20 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturates, 4.9g carbohydrates, 4.2g sugars, 0g fibre, 0g protein, 0g salt. 12mg vitamin C. Contains naturally occurring sugars from the juice.

Ingredients Red Berries: Water, Apple Juice (35%), Raspberry Puree (2%), Blueberry Puree (2%), Elderberry Juice, Grape Juice, Thickener (Pectin), Acids (Citric Acid, Malic Acid), Sweetener (Steviol Glycosides), Natural Flavourings

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