Eat Water’s Slim Pasta gets highly commended in Free From Awards
The range of gluten free foods available on the market has improved no end. No doubt events like the Free From Awards really help to push forward product innovation and highlight what an ever expanding market it is. It’s an area no right thinking supermarket or food outlet would ignore.
So I was quite intrigued when I was sent a sample of the Eat Water Slim range which includes Slim Pasta, Rice and Noodles. It boasts Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Fat Free with a calorie count of only 7.7 per 100gm serving. Quite a claim I thought. I was also intrigued by the fact that it’s made from something called Moyu (otherwise known as Konjac) which has been consumed in Asia for many centuries where it is known for its’ health benefits.
The accompanying press release for Eat Water’s Slim Pasta says “Moyu can help increase insulin in the blood and lower blood sugar levels, making it ideal for Diabetics. In addition, studies also show it can help lower LDL cholesterol.” The press release also claims that Slim Pasta “expands in your stomach, which leaves you feeling full and satisfied for up to four hours”
Now the last bit concerned me but I am naturally a suspicious type ( ) but I was reassured by the PR agency that Slim Pasta is the first ever low calorie gluten free pasta to be listed in the Approved Foods Database. It has also been approved by the European commission and the EFSA as a food suitable for weight loss. Also the fact that it is stocked by Holland and Barrett means it has been approved by the HFMA (Health Food Manufacturers Association).
Having learnt all that I felt rather relieved, and now that Eat Water’s Slim range has been given a high commended award in the Grocery Ambient Category in this year’s Free From Awards backs that all up.
Now, how easy was it to cook and what did it taste like?!
It was very easy to make as you just had to pour the water away that was in the packet and then re-heat either for a few minutes in a microwave or in a pan on a cooker. Perfect for a speedy meal I thought!
The result is very white thin spaghetti. However it has quite a strong taste which is more akin to noodles than pasta. It wasn’t totally unpleasant but definitely had a vegetable type aroma which for me would be more suitable to stir fries associated with noodles rather than a pasta sauce. However, I would probably buy the noodle and rice packets to keep in the cupboard for a handy snack type food.
The Slim range costs £2.55 and says it contains 1-2 servings (was 1 for me but maybe I am greedy!) and is available from Holland & Barrett and independent Health Food Stores.
Do you agree with me? Have you tried Eat Water’s Slim Pasta or eaten Moyu in another form? What was your verdict?
Please note that this post is my opinion only and reflects my experience of trying the product and the accompanying information, it does not in any way substantiate or otherwise claims made by Eat Water. Following a comment by a reader (see read more) Eat Water have provided the following additional information on their products:-
“We do not make a ‘cholesterol reduction’ claim on our website or food label as the claim has not been permitted by EFSA for the health claims regulation. However, we do state ‘suitable for diabetics’. ‘Cholesterol reduction’ is a health claim because you are stating there will be a biological change or health benefit by consuming the food. Using ‘suitable for diabetics’ is not stating a health claim or biological or even physiological change. The link you have sent across states that reduction in glucose levels or any other diabetes related health claim for that matter was not approved by EFSA. We are aware of this hence we do not state any health claims in relation to diabetes, i.e. our food will lower your glucose level. We state ‘suitable for diabetics’ as we do ‘suitable for coeliacs’ (as with ‘suitable for coeliacs’, we are not stating your gluten-levels will reduce etc). The food is suitable for coeliacs because there is no gluten in the food. The food is also suitable for diabetics because there is no carbohydrates or sugar in the food. ‘Suitable for weight loss’ is a health claim because of the word ‘weight’ and ‘loss’, it stating a physiological change or a benefit for the health. Our food labelling has been reviewed by the Health Foods Manufacturing Association (www.hfma.co.uk).