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Product Review: Sugar Free Raspberry Syrup

Updated on August 18, 2010

Torani flavored syrup

I’m on a healthy low carb diet – it’s the only way I can lose weight. I’ve tried a plethora of other diets, all to no avail. Either they make me feel lousy, I’m hungry all the time, or I just don’t drop any pounds. Low carb diets allow me to fill up on meat, seafood, and chicken, along with healthy low carb veggies like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, greens, cauliflower, zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, and green beans. I also eat one piece of fruit a day, usually. One day a week, I splurge! This seems to keep me focused and able to maintain the low carb dieting.

Several years ago, I lost almost 100 pounds by low carb dieting! I felt great. My blood pressure dropped, my triglycerides dropped, and my cholesterol dropped. I was doing aerobics and weight lifting at the gym several days a week.

Unfortunately, I guess I overdid it with the weights – at least that’s what my doctors say. Either that, or carrying around the G-cup twins caused the nerve damage in my neck and upper back. Along with that, I developed severe osteoarthritis in my right hip and knee from an old injury. Needless to say, these developments really slowed me down, and I began to pack the weight back on. I regained about 60-70 of the pounds I had lost, so I’m trying again.

I’m always on the lookout for sugar-free products and low-carb foods to incorporate into my low carb diet. I've tried several flavored syrups for coffee that I like. A couple of weeks ago, I found a sugar free, calorie-free raspberry syrup that I’ve fallen in love with. It’s called Torani Raspberry Flavored Syrup, and I found it at Walmart.

Uses for sugar-free raspberry syrup with low carb dieting

How do I use the raspberry syrup? One of my favorite ways is to make raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. I just mix the raspberry flavored syrup with apple cider or white vinegar, a little oil, garlic, onion powder, and salt and pepper. It’s really tasty!

I also add the sugar free syrup to homemade coleslaw sometimes to add a little fruit flavor to the mix. The flavored syrup gives the slaw a kick and adds to the interest of the healthy low carb dish.

And this might sound strange, but I also like to brush grilled shrimp, scallops, and fish fillets with the sugar free syrup. It’s a heck of a lot healthier and lower in calories than adding butter, oil, or tarter sauce!

Check out these other uses for the sugar-free syrup, and don't forget about the flavored syrups for coffee:

  • add the flavored syrup to lemonade
  • add it to iced tea
  • add it to plain yogurt
  • use it as a topping for sugar-free ice cream
  • use it as a glaze on chicken, ham, or fresh pork
  • dip fresh fruit like peaches, pears, or strawberries in it
  • use the flavored syrup in smoothies
  • add it to sugar-free ginger ale
  • make sugar-free popsicles with it
  • make low-carb raspberry cheesecake with it

Low carb dieting doesn’t mean you have to ignore your sweet tooth!

Actually, I don’t have a large sweet tooth, but once in a while, I want something sweet. Of course, this is tough on a low carb diet. The sugar-free raspberry syrup, however, allows me to enjoy guilt-free pleasures while on a healthy low carb diet.

I totally recommend this syrup! You’ll find all kinds of uses for it. Torani also has other flavors of sugar-free syrups, but I haven’t tried them out yet! They make flavored syrups for coffee, too!

Torani sugar-free raspberry syrup.
Torani sugar-free raspberry syrup.

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Maita! Great to see ya, chica!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I thought as much, Angel! Thanks for the info!

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      prettydarkhorse 

      10 years ago from US

      low carb thats cool habee, thanks, Maita

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      Angel Ward 

      10 years ago from Galveston, TX

      The protein in meat produces a hormone that speeds metabolism and produces muscle while carbs increase a hormone that stores fat and slows the metabolism....the only thing Carbs are good for is short term energy and the prevention of starvation in large communities...bread, potatoes, rice keep us alive when we are broke..but over eating it is a big no no!!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I'll have to try the blueberry next, Jim!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      ooooo, Audrey - mail me a piece...or three??

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Mbwalz, thanks for the info! I'll have to check it out.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Herbi, I love the raspberry syrup in sugar-free lemonade. And limeade!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I'm trying, Jen! It ain't easy!

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      Springboard 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      The vinaigrette sounds good. Had a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette dressing from, I think it was Ken's, and it was pretty good. Though I didn't care for it on a salad, it made a great cooking sauce starter and I ended up cooking pork chops in it.

      Blueberry syrup, which I'm certain Torani makes, is terrific on pancakes as well, and I'm not a fan of pancakes, so that's saying something. :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Love raspberry as does Bob - and I just happen to be making a cheesecake (mini) for Easter.....great idea!

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      MaryBeth Walz 

      10 years ago from Maine

      Lower carbs is great. I follow the Schwartzbein Principle (www.schwarzbeinprinciple.com/), generally it says, never eat without combining the 3 macro nutrients (fat, carbs, protein), eat about 14 gms of carbs at each meal and 7 at each of 2 snacks (more carbs if you have depression or are quite active all day), never eat fake food as your body doesn't know what to do with it and it messes with your metabolism.

      When I get above my goal by a couple pounds, I go back to Weight Watchers and count my points which include the above. Although I do drink a diet Coke now and then, it's really the only time I have fake sugar. The rest of the time, I just count it and enjoy! Once in a while, fake anything is ok.

      The Schwartzbien Principle is what we taught when I used to work at Women to Women (www.womentowomen.com) as it helps the hormonal side of women's health.

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      theherbivorehippi 

      10 years ago from Holly, MI

      Oh habee....I'll eat your share of carbs for you! lol I love love carbs. See what I'm willing to do for you!! :) This raspberry stuff looks quite yummy. I'm glad you said there is not aspartame in it because it gives me a headache too. This might be a nice change of pace in my tea or lemonade for the summer!!Thanks for giving us this little "sweet" secret!

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      JenDobson27 

      10 years ago

      Good luck with your weight loss goals Habee, stick with it!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Weird, huh, Sheila? The meat must speed up our metabolisms or something??

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Sandy - the best of both worlds: healthy low carb sweets!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Hope you like it, Girly! Thanks for reading!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Kaie, it has Splenda, which I love! Aspartame gives me a headache.

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      sheila b. 

      10 years ago

      Afraid I can't do the sugar free, I end up literally curled up with a horrible stomach ache. I agree with you about the low carb, though. My usual calorie intake is less than 1000 a day (I'm only 5 feet tall) but on a low carb, which really means adding more meat to my diet, more calories, I lose weight. Go figure.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      This looks good. Have my dessert and not worry about carbs. EXCELLENT!

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      girly_girl09 

      10 years ago from United States

      This would be AWESOME in lemonade - never thought of it. I usually crush up some strawberries and use the juice for flavor, but I love raspberry lemonade a lot more (and who wants all the raspberry seeds to stick in your teeth, anyways?) I would also love it in diet ginger ale. Thanks!

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      Kaie Arwen 

      10 years ago

      habee- I usually don't eat anything that means I have to go without the real thing. Butter only; if I can't butter my bread......... I just don't eat it!

      I have tried many sugar free products, but the sugar substitutes tend to (well, they do) give me headaches......... so I stay away from them. Is this syrup naturally sweetened? If so........ I would love to give it a try along with the many ways you've found to use it! Thank you for all of the information!

      Kaie

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I thought of that, BP!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      That sounds good, Charlie! Stop tempting me!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Lol, HH! I'm not crazy about them, either!

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      breakfastpop 

      10 years ago

      How is the syrup with a little vodka?

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      ralwus 

      10 years ago

      That syrup may just go nicely on top of a deep fried Twinkie. I usually make my own raspberry syrup out of a jar of Smuckers raspberry jam.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      I am deadly against diets but this one sounds good. Thank you and I will follow you hahaha

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