Diet root beer in the Australian market?

Danman 31 March 2009 27

I have T2 diabetes hence I am limited to sugar free carbonated bevvies when I wish for one.

This is where the purpose of my posting/ranting lies.

On my recent travels to the US, I fell in love with A+W brand diet root beer (read sarsaparilla) and have only found the diet variety in one place, on the net via a USA food importer.

Including delivery it is ~$50 for 24 cans, exorbitant to say the least.

I was wondering if anyone was aware of a local alternative, it has to be diet though, does not have to be A+W brand, and can be sarsaparilla or root beer.

Thanks in advance for your responses.

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27 Responses to Diet root beer in the Australian market?
Chase Diamond Chase Diamond 11:10 pm 02 Sep 17

Sacrilegious to mention sarsaparilla in the same sentence as root beer. I used to buy root beer from this Asian food store and then one day they didn’t have any, they just had A&W (?!?)Sarsaparilla in it’s place. I couldn’t bring myself to buy any to see if it tasted the same as root beer.

Danman Danman 8:34 am 01 Apr 09

I-Filed, T2 diabetes is (currently) like HIV. Once you have it, you will have it until you die. Research is being undertaken to find a cure, but your body will always be insulin resistant or insulin deficient. T2 diabetes is usually controlled by an oral preperation (Called metformin, Sold as Diabex). What research indicates is that through diet and exercise, you can reduce and even eradecate your need for diabex.

In saying so, I do not eat a great deal of crap food, processed food or sugar laiden foods, I ride minimum of 100km a week and I still need the diabex.

Diet and exercise works for some and not not others.

My blood sugar level sits (after a 12 hour fast and on meds) around 7.4mmol (Milimoles a litre) – Average should be between 4 and 8mmol – Mrs danman, who is on the exact same diet as me, but does not cycle, sits around 5.4mmol. Geneology and genetics plays a big part. I am only 2nd gen Skip with maltese heritage, and T2 diabetes seems to plague a lot of Medeterranian and South Pacific Islanders.

I-filed I-filed 10:05 pm 31 Mar 09

Danman I keep reading that T2 diabetes can be cured through exercise … do you know whether that’s just isolated cases – or crap/not true?

n2kaja n2kaja 8:42 pm 31 Mar 09

In the states you can get Root Beer extract. My guess is you could have it shipped for cheaper then you can buy at US foods, there are recipes online for making root beer
would have to adjust for sweetener.
Have you ever tried Steva Powder, it’s natural and pretty good stuff
it just doesn’t have a lingering sweet after taste.

grunge_hippy grunge_hippy 6:06 pm 31 Mar 09

Side-effects laid at the door of aspartame poisoning include fits, convulsions, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, memory loss, hormonal problems, hearing loss, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, AIDS dementia, brain lesions and neuro-endocrine disorders.

AIDS???? wtf?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 6:00 pm 31 Mar 09

Interesting this one I came across while researching root beer.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 4:29 pm 31 Mar 09

Google is good. Sorry sorry (from corner).

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 4:21 pm 31 Mar 09

Artificial sweeteners are treated with a solution of dihydrogen monoxide, a deadly “food safe” acid that’s been directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in recent years.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 4:13 pm 31 Mar 09

some technicality*

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 4:12 pm 31 Mar 09

deezagood said :

Ginger beer is completely different to root beer.

Yeah I had a feeling there would be something technicality like that, but forgive me for being me and not knowing for the life of me the difference, might be time to learn and then I can go back to my corner >>>>>>

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 4:10 pm 31 Mar 09

miz said :

I wouldn’t touch any artificial sweetener

So true, I never use the stuff. But it would suck to be diabetic or such and must be hard for them to not use some kind of alternative to normality. But user beware I say.

deezagood deezagood 4:06 pm 31 Mar 09

Ginger beer is completely different to root beer.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 4:01 pm 31 Mar 09

Bundaberg Brewed drinks also do a diet ginger beer. It’s a skinnier bottle but I’ve seen it round the trap in various locals and Woolies or the like. Plus their site suggests it’s out there.

miz miz 3:55 pm 31 Mar 09

I wouldn’t touch any artificial sweetener

reepy reepy 2:03 pm 31 Mar 09

I also recommend the cordial option. $3 for a bottle of Bundaburg (diet) or other brand cordial and 89c for a 1.5L bottle of Soda water. It lasts for ages, its cheap and tastes just as good as normal expensive ginger beer.

Danman Danman 1:31 pm 31 Mar 09

kick arse – thanks WMC

Keep the suggestions coming peeps 🙂

deezagood deezagood 12:44 pm 31 Mar 09

Even better!!

Woody Mann-Caruso Woody Mann-Caruso 12:41 pm 31 Mar 09

Danman – buy root beer concentrate on line (we like McCormick – tastes just like A&W or our favourite, Dominion) and mix it with cheap diet lemonade. 60ml of concentrate is about US$6 and makes 12 liters of root beer. This gal will ship 6 bottles for US$12.95 (so total is US$50 for 72 liters, or the equivalent of 9 cartons). Sure you can find better with some googling.

deezagood deezagood 12:40 pm 31 Mar 09

Ooooh Danman; just found some diet sarsperella cordial on the sugarfreezone website; you could mix with soda water and make a version of your own (not as nice, but much, much cheaper)!

Danman Danman 12:25 pm 31 Mar 09

They probably make the root beer with essence flavour and water then carbonate it soda stream style

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