Agave nectar (syrup) and quinoa

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tutorgirl
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   Posted 1/25/2010 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Although I haven't posted on here in quite some time, I do lurk on occasion. After couple of years of cancer battles with my son and then my hubby, everyone seems to be doing OK...except me. Naturally, taking care of everyone else pretty much meant I didn't take care of me. All you mothers know that story. So anyway, I decided with a new year it was time for me again.

So back to the low carb to get my BS and A1c under control. Learning to use insulin more effectively...and hopefully not as much as time goes on. And in my quest for this I have run across a couple of new foods that I am finding fascinating, and wondered if anyone else is using them.

I heard Rachel Ray talk about agave syrup and thought I would check it out Seems it has a low glycemic load and tastes a lot like honey. I had to switch to decaf and no more caffeinated pop (I'm one of those souls that caffeine raised the BS), so I wanted to make my coffee more palatable. So found some at Whole Foods (or Whole Paycheck as my son refers to it) and tried it. It doesn't raise my BS and is natural and tastes great! It's sweeter than sugar so you have to be careful not to get carried away with it. Anyone out there had any experience with it?

The other new thing I have been trying is quinoa. I've been reading how healthy it is, and how even though it is a grain it is a complete protein. It, too, has a fairly low glycemic load. I've been adding it to soups, but you can use it a lot like rice. We had a pilaf out of it last night. But I think that raised my BS a little using it straight like that. I was curious as to whether anyone else has had any experience with it.

It's good to back among the living (along with my son and hubby :-) ) and I should be around more. Missed you guys!

LanieG
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   Posted 1/25/2010 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome back!  I'm glad the family is doing better!  I have not tried either of those but they are in the local supermarkets here.  The syrup seems to be expensive though.  I use the Equal tabs in my coffee in the morning and that's the only time I drink anything sweentened all day.  I've got liquid stevia but I don't like the taste in coffee.  (Well, that's my personal taste.)
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 1/27/2010 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey! Welcome back! Wouldn't touch the stuff, personally. Highly processed in the same manner as HFCS and wouldn't pay the price. Read up on it (not the sites trying to sell you the stuff) and you'll find it's not as advertised - but then again, what is? ;-0
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- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
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Phishbowl
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   Posted 1/27/2010 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Should've clarified... I meant I wouldn't touch the agave stuff. The grain is an ancient grain and one i would eat. As with all products though, read the labels :-)
Cheers,
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus


tutorgirl
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   Posted 1/28/2010 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Agave nectar actually just came off the list of stuff I can tolerate. Did a check the other day and not good. But the quinoa is great! Made a beef mushroom soup with it yesterday and didn't jack up the BS much and was yummy!

petunia22
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   Posted 1/30/2010 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I had been using agave syrup, too but not anymore. It is 84% fructose, 8% glucose, and 8% sucrose.. I found this tid bit in Nutrition Action newsletter under the heading: "Sugar by Any Other Name" which included a list of sweeteners and their break down. When you eat fructose, the liver takes up almost all of the fructose and converts some of it to fat. Some of the fat goes into the bloodstream resulting in higher triglycerides. THe result is that blood levels of triglycerides are higher from fructose than from glucose.

jujub
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   Posted 2/1/2010 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Anything ending in -ose is considered a sugar. Fructose is found naturally in fruits. Think about how sweet grapes are, and it may help us remember that fructose counts the same as glucose when we're looking at carbs.
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