Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/12/2007 2:41:15 PM (GMT-6)
Absolutely right. I always use double cream (heavy cream?) in my coffee at home and, just as Lanie said, it has a negligable effect on my blood sugars. Taste fantastic too. There really isn't a cholestorol issue here since it's the liver that produces cholestorol in our bodies, generally in response to carbohyrates. So I think a low-fat creamer will be more likely to raise cholestorol than full-fat cream! Cafes over here only ever seem to offer semi-skimmed milk in their coffee, so I always tend to have it black when I'm out.
All the best,
We've been programmed to go "low fat" in everything from packaged goods to meats to cooking, etc. It seems that the low fat products raise the sugar/carb contents as well as every other chemical ingredient known to man to make the product taste better. So, don't be fooled about that hype. And although I do use the cream in coffee as well as tea (here in the States it's "heavy cream", so it's "double cream in the UK?), I realize it does have the calories like other fats, so you have to watch how much you use. The good thing about heavy cream is that a little goes a long way to lighten the coffee.
I am certainly going to take your advice. Marburg
It's not surprising that the powdered form of Splenda (or other brands) would make the blood sugar jump according to Dr. B. Manufacturers use the maltodextrin with many or most of the powdered "sugar-free" products and it does have effects on blood sugar. "Sugar-free" gelatins and puddings have maltodextrin so you have to be careful of them too. I found the Wal-Mart brand of gelatin doesn't - but check the box because some flavors might have it. Tablet sweeteners don't. So far, I've found Equal tablets and lots of coupons for them, so I now use them in coffee. There must be a Splenda tablet now because I found a coupon for it but haven't found the product in the stores yet. Sugar-free is a veil of illusion. We think we're doing ok by choosing it and are surprised at spikes afterwards. In cold drinks, you could crush the tablets so you'd be sure not to have maltodextrin along with your lemonade.
Post Edited (Marburg) : 10/18/2007 1:28:21 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (gelchick) : 10/18/2007 9:50:33 AM (GMT-6)