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[Product Review] Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

12th March 2015

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Late in January, I was approached and asked if I’d like to try out a new premium water enhancer.

(I’ll admit something right now: I keep on typoing it as, “enchanter”, because it kind of is.)

She included a press release, which I’ll include before the actual review, right below:

Stur Drinks

Love Water Naturally

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Stur Drinks is an all natural water enhancer offering a premium, healthy and delicious alternative to sugary drinks. We are a passionate family business on a mission to encourage everyone to love water naturally. Our delightfully refreshing flavours can be used in so many things, including mineral water, ice cream, yoghurt, smoothies and even baking.

Stur is made solely with natural fruit and tea flavours and lightly sweetened with the highest quality, natural stevia leaf extract. It has zero calories, zero sugar and in addition, every squeeze of Stur contains 100% RDA of Vitamin C which may help to maintain a healthy immune system and helps to avoid tiredness and fatigue. Created by Neel Premkumar for his wife when she was pregnant as a healthy way of staying hydrated, Stur is the perfect way to incorporate more water into your diet in a natural way.

This year we’ve launched six premium natural tea and fruit flavours that have been specifically designed for the UK – Peach Tea, Lemon Tea, Cranberry Pomegranate, Orange Mango, Green Apple and Blackcurrant Apple.

Stur’s aim is to help people drink more water. Water is truly essential to better health, it helps to maintain the balance of body fluids, control calories, energize muscles, helps your kidneys and helps keep skin looking good. We support the principal of access to safe water for all. Stur is a proud member of the 1% For The Planet network and contributes 1% of profits to selected non-profit organisations who are trying to help address and solve the global drinking water crisis.

Stur is perfect for a low-calorie, healthy diet and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It’s just the right size to pop in your handbag and can be enjoyed on the go, at your desk or in the gym. It’s the ideal alternative to other high-sugar, high-calorie juices and won’t damage your teeth.

 To find out more information on Stur and diabetes, pregnancy, weight management and dental health you can visit us online at www.sturdrinks.eu/uk, follow us on Twitter (@SturDrinksUK) and like on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sturdrinksuk) for regular updates, product information and news. Stur is available from the website and independent health shops nationwide.

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer: The Review

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

It’s probably no secret that I have a problem getting myself to stop drinking soda.  I had it down to two 2 litre bottles every fortnight.  Then it went to two 2 litre bottles a week.  Now it’s two 2 litre bottles at the start of one week, two 2 litre bottles at the end of the week, and then I need to wait until the end of the next week until Mum gets paid again, or until I pay her to buy me a bottle or until I’m out in town.

I’ve managed to give up a lot of my binge-eating habits, but soda?  Has a serious hold on me.

So the idea of something that’s quite healthy and natural, that’ll have me drinking more water, is good.  Of course I said yes.

(I also gushed over green apple flavour, and my personal favourite fruit flavour, mango.)

The Flavours

The six flavours are:

  • only Orange Mango flavour:  Overwhelmingly mango-y.  It’s not a problem for me, because, as I said above, mango is my favourite fruit.  I really couldn’t taste any orange!  But as it didn’t taste entirely like mango, that might have been the orange mingling in with the mango.
  • boldly Blackcurrant Apple flavour: I’m hoping that, if you’re British in any way, shape or form, that you’ve had Apple & Blackcurrant juice.  It’s just like that, except more delicious.  The taste of the blackcurrant is really, really crisp!  And there’s just this really mild red apple flavour in the background.  Beautiful.  It reminded me of days in my childhood, running in from the hot summer sun to grab a glass of cold juice.  🙂
  • goodness Green Apple flavour: I was actually really surprised by this, because it wasn’t the kind of green apple that I was expecting!  I was expecting the bite of Granny Smiths, and if you smell it, that’s exactly what it smells like.  But the sweetness of the stevia’s really made it mild and sweet and it’s lovely, but I was hoping for that zing, so it was a little disappointing.  🙁
  • clearly Cranberry Pomegranate flavour:  Actually gorgeous.  I have this thing about pomegranates where sometimes I love them and sometimes I hate them.  I think they smell like cat pee in drinks and things, but luckily that’s not the case here, or everybody’d run a mile!  This one’s so smooth and sweet, it’s delicious.  If you’ve ever tried cranberry sauce, just imagine it with the little zing that pomegranate has, and you’re right there.
  • real, brewed Tea + Lemon flavour: This is what I imagine New Orleans tastes like.  I am not a tea lover.  I am a coffee drinker.  But I have said for years and years that I’m a “Southern girl” at heart (a.k.a. I belong in Louisiana, USA) and this is perfect.  It tastes like sweet tea with a slice of lemon floating in it, and it’s just like heaven.
  • real, brewed Tea + Peach flavour: Like the above, only tastes like peach, and it’s so, SO much better, I can’t even begin to explain it.

But!… And therein lies the rub…

The only problem, and it’s kind of a major one that ruins everything a little, is that I have a weird tongue, and I apparently cannot stand Stevia.  It has a horrid, chemical aftertaste that ruined all of the water enhancers/juices for me.  The initial flavours were glorious, and then, when I was done, I was left with an icky aftertaste.

To say that I’m disappointed is an understatement.  Because the actual flavours are beautiful, and I’m wondering if they’d work without the sweetener.

It might have something to do with how I mix it.  “One squeeze”?

FATGIRLslim | Stur Liquid Water Enhancer: goodness Green Apple Flavour
1 litre = five squeezes.  It left me with half a bottle.  I’m pretty sure I should have had 25 more squeezes left…

Maybe I squeeze too much in, and therefore there’s too much flavour/sweetener?  It’s the second problem: “one squeeze” per 200ml is too vague a definition of how much to use.  “x drops” would work better.  It might take longer, but… it would definitely work better.

Again: possibly a problem with me.  But what does constitute a “squeeze”?  (And it’s not only Stur who uses a “squeeze” as a measurement!  Other water enhancers do, too – I’ve tried some of them, and even have one or two sitting next to me as I type.)

Overall

Overall, I’m… I’m sighing as I type.  I really, really want to give Stur a high mark.  But my taste buds are winning out, unfortunately.

It’s a really good idea.  100% Vitamin C, which a lot of us are lacking, through poor diet, in every drink.  All-natural.  Even the Stevia’s natural.

The flavours are BEAUTIFUL, and I could drink those two brewed tea flavours until the cows came home.  And then I’d yell at the cows, and ask them why they were interrupting me.

But the Stevia is, unfortunately, a huge annoyance to my taste-buds.

So.

It is, with a heavy heart that I mark Stur Liquid Water Enhancer as a:

★★★☆☆/★★★★★

Now, don’t let this put you off!  If you don’t have a problem with Stevia or other natural sweeteners, it might not bother you.  But I haven’t used sugar or sweeteners in my coffee or on my cereal or anything since 2010.  (Obviously my store-bought food and my soda still has it.)

If you’re looking for something that’s all-naturalgluten-freecaffeine-freedairy-free, and free from nuts, then give it a shot.

Availability

It’s currently on sale at http://www.sturdrinks.eu at £19.98 for 6 bottles, and you can also get free delivery.

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