Post Edited By Moderator (LanieG) : 8/13/2010 12:31:41 PM (GMT-6)
Oh, yes, those candies. I bought Estee brand sugar-free butterscotch and my numbers rose. Well, that's happened when I've eaten them alone. I don't know if it would be different if I ate them right after a meal though. The same thing with 'sugar-free' chocolate. Nice dark, heart-healthy chocolate, no sugar - but, again, when I ate 2 squares, my numbers went higher than they should have. about the nuts, I also found I have to ration the almonds, walnuts or pecans out, like a handful, during the day and it's ok, but at night, I can only eat 4 or 5 so they don't drive my morning number up. Still in the stage of figuring out what works and what doesn't.
Here's a little snack you might enjoy-
I take a cup (5.3 oz, small container) of the Greek Style (F A G E, or Trader Joe) yogurt, mix in a packet of True Lemon or True Lime and a couple drops of Stevia (you could use any sweetner you like), then I mix it up (this tastes like creamy lemon chiffon) ( 6 grams of carb/13 grams of protein for the fat free kind).
I put a dab of whipped cream (the real stuff- but Cool Whip would work too) and shaved Lindt dark chocolate ( I use 1 square - 1 carb) on top.
I could mainline this! It's going to be 90 here today, and I already have my veggies ready for the grill- so I think I'll have to put this on the dessert/snack menu...
I'm thinking it would work with unsweetened Kool-aid powder too, but I love the lemon and lime. I have used flavored Stevia (chocolate raspberry is sooooo good), nut butter, and baking oils (the kind you use to make hard candies- LorAnn). I made butterscotch at Christmas and didn't mind passing up the Yule Log!
sandy (who just made herself hungry)
I enjoy nuts when I can because they do feel like proper honest food, not modified chemically altered versions of stuff we're better off without anyway. That said, there's nuts and there's nuts. My nut of choice these days is the taste-tastic macadamia (I don't know if you have another name for them in the US - you have a habit of that sort of thing.)
Peanuts and cashews are delicious, but I have to be very careful not to overdo them (peanuts aren't really nuts anyway!) with 8% and 21% carbohydrate respectively it only takes a few too many before trouble ensues. How true of many of lifes peasures. However, the humble macadamia is a virtuous wee fellow. At only 4.8% carbohyrate and 77% fat (woo-hoo!) I can scoff a 60g UK size bag with relative impunity. Now to be able just to do that without having to take a shot to cover it feels like such a privelidge that I can pretend I'm a normal person and not a numbers-obsessed nutter (sorry) for just a little while.....
All the best,
From a fellow nutter: Whoa. Fergusc, are you sure about the 21% carbohydrate for cashews? The container I have says: cashews 28 grams (about 1/4 cup) 8 grams carbohydrate, 13 grams total fat and 5 grams protein. Another good nut is the pecan: per 28 grams of this nut: 4 gr. carbohydrate, 21 gr. fat and 3 gr. protein. Peanuts are an even better source of protein compared to these however with 7 g. I also have a problem limiting intake so I have to take them out of the can and put that can out of sight to stop nibbling. Unfortunately, I think all these are over salted. Even the "lightly salted" ones have too much salt and the unsalted ones are a little too bland. (Yes, macadamias are called macadamias!)
Yeah, pretty sure about the cashews - if the nutrition information on the side of the packet is anything to go by. Some of the package info is more informative than others, which can often be misleading. The packet I'm looking at right now tells me (per 100g) 20.8g carbohydrate, of which 6.7g is sugars and 14.1g is starch. These are all carbs of course as the pancreas, marvellous little organ that it is, still isn't quite up to the task of distinguishing between the two or reading the labels. If your label says 8g of carbs in 28g, then that is almost 29% carbohydrate - a fair bit higher than the humble British cashew.
It could be a result of differing production methods I suppose? Whenever I go to the US I find food generally is noticably sweeter than it is here in Europe - you lot love your high fructose corn syrup!
Oh, pine nuts - fabulous too. Wonderful when toasted, virtually no salt, and only 3.8% carbohydrate. It would give the macadamia a run for it's money if only it wasn't so tiny wee.
All the best,
Oh, that's it! Well, now would you really eat 100 g. of cashews? I just weighed some whole cashews (medium sized) and that would be about 65 cashews! The can I have says a serving is about 1/4 cup (28 g.) and that's about 22 cashews. (This is all approximate after all; I'm using a little kitchen scale here.) The portion size is what's important then. I wouldn't even eat 22 cashews at a time to tell the truth, more like 15. High fructose corn syrup is added to many packaged and bottled goods here and that really is a problem for those who rely on processed foods - many of which also have partially hydrogenated oils. All the more reason to eat fresh food. By the way, I think pistachios are also a good choice but I don't have any in the house to see about the nutrition information. Take care.
It's just the proportion of carbohydrate that I keep an eye on, Lanie, on the basis that if it has a lesser effect on my blood sugar, then I can eat more of it! You could call it informed gluttony?
I've got some pistachios here too if it helps - 8% carb, 18% protein, 55% fat. I love them all. What I've yet to find is something called the mongongo nut which as well as having some promising numbers is, interestingly, a staple of the few remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in Africa. They seem to enjoy a pretty healthy existence on a diet composed predominantly of meat, milk and nuts and some seasonal veggies and fruit when in season. They seem to live longer, healthier lives than most of us in the developed world despite the absence of medical care so I think there's probably quite a lot we could learn from them.
Post Edited (lanieg) : 6/12/2007 10:52:47 AM (GMT-6)
Nahh, stomping takes too much time. I lure them into a bottle.
After I read this thread the first time... I've quit buying all those lovely sugar free treats . No more lovely chocolates at night. I'm sure I'm better off, and maybe I'll lose some weight. The late night snacking has always been my downfall .