Sugar-Free Chocolate

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   Posted 1/9/2010 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Whilst at Store the other Day,I read the label on a bar of a reputable Sugar-Free Chocolate.There is 15 total G's of Carb and 11 G's of Sugar Alcohol!

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   Posted 1/9/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
That is something all diabetics have to watch for. Just because something says
"Sugar Free" or "No Sugar Added" does not mean for a moment that it is also carb free.

When label reading I always pay closer attention to the total carb count than the sugar count. I have actually found some "regular" ice cream on occasion to have a lower total carb count than some sugar free stuff.
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   Posted 1/9/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Also be careful that they didn't substitute a lot of extra fat for the sugar.

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   Posted 1/11/2010 11:56 PM (GMT -7)   
The sugar free chocolate is really good if you are constipated. Other than that the high cocoa butter content of regular chocolate makes a small amount ok on most Type2 food plans. In fact, chocolate is not to be used to treat low blood sugar because the high fat slows the sugar absorption in the GI tract.

I really avoid that fake stuff. NOT worth the potty runs!
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   Posted 1/13/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Gimme the real stuff any day - my body knows how to handle it better than the chemicals of sugar substitutes.
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   Posted 1/14/2010 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing I learned on this site is that the real stuff is always better than the sugar free chocolate. A lot of people here know that their Blood Glucose reacts much different to milk chocolate versus dark chocolate. That is due to a lower sugar content. Try dark chocolates over 63% cocoa and see what you like. I was never a big fan, but lindt makes an 82% cocoa bar that I love. I buy a small bar every once in a while in put it in my desk so I can have a one inch square every once in a while as a treat.
You need to take your medications as directed and be aware of what you are eating, but by all means it is okay to live a little. People who are successful with their diabetes care understand that it is okay to splurge once in a while. The occasional french fry or candy will not hurt your overall numbers and will allow you to maintain a normalcy that keeps you on the road to success.
Others may disagree, but I am still losing weight and my A1Cs are great. On top of that I feel great. Different things work for different diabetics. That is the nature of the disease. Remember you are a person with diabetes and learn to live life according to new rules.
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   Posted 1/14/2010 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you, TJ.  The only snag would be when a person can't control himself and overdoes it, as when one french fry leads to ten or a square of chocolate leads to the whole bar.

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   Posted 1/14/2010 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
That self control issue always seems to come back and bit people. Again it is okay to splurge once in a while. As a person with diabetes you must become a slave to good habits.


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   Posted 1/14/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Instead of buying donuts, we now buy donut holes. We can eat one today and one tomorrow, and freeze the rest for later. Much better than eating a whole package. Also, I've learned to eat the plain ones or cinnamon only, and skip the powderd-sugar kind.
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