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Any sugar-free/fat-free taste as good as the real thing?

hobbess Apr 19, 2011 11:24 PM

I've never tasted anything that was sugar-free or fat-free that tasted as good as the real thing so I'm curious if there's any type of food or drink that can taste, even on the hypothetical level, as good as the real thing?

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    ninrn Apr 20, 2011 12:37 AM

    I think Vegenaise tastes as good or better than Hellman's.

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    1. re: ninrn
      ultimatepotato Apr 20, 2011 12:56 AM

      Can't comment on a brand, but I have to agree - I've had a vegan 'mayonaise' that could have been made from the whipped tears of angels.

      To the OP - when you say 'as good as the real thing', do you mean that it tastes the same, or that you like the taste equally? Because I like diet red bull better than normal, but I don't think they're the same.

      1. re: ninrn
        Lixer Apr 20, 2011 07:34 AM

        Agreed, even though they don't quite taste the same. As a kid I hated mayo (possibly due to having my head coated with it once) but I visited Moby's restaurant in NYC and had a "blt" that was slathered in Vegenaise and it was the best thing ever. Now I can enjoy mayo again.

      2. IndyGirl Apr 20, 2011 01:37 AM

        0% Fage is just as good as the original.

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          piccola Apr 22, 2011 03:49 AM

          Second this. I actually think it tastes better, but I realize this isn't true for everyone.

          1. re: IndyGirl
            jamieeats Apr 22, 2011 04:53 PM

            i agree! and not just with fage, with chobani too. i also prefer the flavor of fat-free yogurts and skim milk... i must not be much of a cream person.

          2. Pylon Apr 20, 2011 06:31 AM

            Since you mentioned drink, Coke Zero is pretty effing good.

            1. SOBoston Apr 20, 2011 06:39 AM

              Cottage cheese-I can't taste the difference between the low-fat/fat-free versions.

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              1. re: SOBoston
                piccola Apr 22, 2011 03:50 AM

                Agreed. Aside from straight cheese, which needs a certain amount of fat to taste good, I feel like dairy generally does well as a low-fat product (though not always as a fat-free product).

              2. iL Divo Apr 20, 2011 06:44 AM

                to me the obvious is Dr Pepper.
                the diet chocolate cherry is great.

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                1. re: iL Divo
                  Neta Apr 20, 2011 02:20 PM

                  Diet Rite cola and cherry cola, Barq's diet root beer, Dove and Hersey's sugar free candy, York peppermint patties, sugar free.

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