March 25, 2015

Breakfast with Canderel and A Giveaway!


A couple of weeks back, my friend Mandy invited me to attend the Canderel* breakfast event with her, so I went along to learn about sweeteners with a presentation led by Dr Hilary Jones.


The room was filled with brightly coloured jars of Canderel on every table - I wasn't aware there were 3 types! After being offered our morning cuppa with Canderel or regular sugar, I felt a tad guilty for going with the sugar... 


Red jar: The original, main ingredient being Aspartame. Great for sprinkling, and used as a tabletop sugar alternative

Yellow jar: Purposefully made for baking as it stabilises in high temperature. Main ingredient is Sucrulose

Green jar: Derived from the plant Stevia which is a natural product. This one is also good for using at high heat. Main ingredient is Stevia 


The breakfast spread was amazing! Scones, muffins, pancakes, croissants, yogurt, fruit salad, jams, smoothies... I was quite surprised that all the offers were mainly sweet since we had come to learn about sweeteners and surely about dieting? Well that didn't stop me from filling my plate!

Back on our table and ready to tuck into my breakfast. Happy to start every morning like this!



Dr Hilary Jones starts the presentation and it was interesting to learn that we are all born with a preferential taste to sugar! Well that didn't surprise me too much, as I know breast milk for babies is slightly sweet tasting. 

However, this does mean that over consumption of sugar, because we love the taste of it, will most definitely cause our waistlines to expand and set off health problems like diabetes and obesity related illnesses. 

Interestingly, we were told that BMI is no longer as important as Waist Management! Dr Margaret Ashwell designed the Ashwell Shape Chart and states that as long as the smallest part of your waist is less than half of your overall height, this indicates good general health. 


This is because excess fat found deep in the region of the stomach is what causes large waist circumference and often associated with serious health risks such as heart disease and diabetes. 


A simple way to check this is to use a piece of string, measure your full height, cut the string in half and measure the newly cut string around the smallest part of your waist. If you have room, you're doing great, but if the ends are struggling to meet, it's time to take action.



This is where Canderel comes in! The above photo says it all and if sweeteners were used instead of sugar, or if you were to replace 'some' of the sugar with sweeteners in a given day, this could greatly reduce the daily sugar consumption. 

By cutting sugar back by as little as 100 cal per day, this is all that is needed to maintain weight management. 

We were also being fully presented with the safety of sweeteners and that all 3 types of Canderel products have passed EU standards of food safety testing.

The event was held at the Marriott Hotel Waterloo and over looked Parliament. What a beautiful sight on a bright blue day!


After the presentation, we took the opportunity to have a photo with Dr Hilary Jones. He suggested doing a selfie since everyone was occupied! hehe 


Canderel sent us home with a generous goody bag of all 3 types of sweeteners, and even a memory stick! Thank you Canderel for a fantastic morning, I certainly took home some new information!  

I will be using the yellow one to bake with in the next few weeks and looking forward to see if it makes a difference to my baking. 

Now, are you planning to make any changes to your sugar intake with Canderel and want to try it for yourself? 

I am giving away the Original red jar, the red & green pocket versions and the recipe cards!

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For a chance to win, please leave me a comment below with a way for me to contact you. You must be following me on Twitter/Instagram and also share the giveaway on Twitter. 

This giveaway is only open to UK residents.  

I will choose a winner on 31st March!  


*I attended the breakfast event with Canderel as a guest. All opinions are my own.

2 comments

  1. This is so interesting! My stepdad has put Canderel in his tea for as long as I can remember but I didn't know they did the big tubs of the stuff, especially for baking. Will definitely be trying this for low-cal baking.
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    1. Hey Charlie, I took away a lot of new info about sweeteners too!
      Good luck with a chance of winning =D

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