No Sugar - a misleading plight for diabetics

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Lanie G
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   Posted 8/13/2010 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
At the beginning of my journey about four years ago into measuring my blood sugar as a diabetic, I thought it was fairly simple to avoid sugar and my blood sugar would be fine.  Was I ever wrong!  It's the carbohydrates, no matter from what source.  Yes, there are fast-acting and slow-response carbs but carbs will be carbs and carbs will raise blood sugar.  Eat a head of cauliflower and your blood sugar will rise.  Since all of us will have different reactions to them, that is, how many carbs it takes to raise our blood sugar how many points, we need to understand how our own bodies metabolize them and keeping a food/blood sugar journal is a good idea.
Sugar-free cake and cookies?  I fell for that one in the beginning and saw my blood sugar rise.  Flour!  Put flour, even whole wheat or whole berry, into anything and we will see higher blood sugar.  Yes, it might take longer for the rise if the bread slice is whole wheat but flour means carbs.  Check the food packages' Nutrition Facts for Total Carb.  The higher the number, the higher your blood sugar will rise.
Sugar substitutes?  As I pointed out in another thread today, Splenda, Equal, etc. and even stevia products do have some small degree of carbs, so if you're counting carbs, don't forget that.  Milk = carbs.  Coffee with artificial sweetener and milk = more carbs.  The flavored coffee creamers have even more.
However, just being a sweet person, doesn't raise anyone's blood sugar as far as I know.  wink
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Post Edited (LanieG) : 8/13/2010 10:38:24 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/13/2010 7:33 PM (GMT 0)   
Sometimes it's hard to tell how much each food has carbs. Luckily they are printing those nutritional facts in almost everything these days, even beer. Maybe it's required by the local law.

I always wondered about beer, because I couldn't find the information anywhere. Looks like it's around 3 to 5 grams per deciliter based on the can, which means it has a little less carbs than milk actually. Milk has lactose, which is a type of sugar. Juice with no added sugar, or fruit, is around 10g, or roughly 10 per cent. Bread? 50% give or take, depends a lot on the type of bread just like it is with beer.

On the other end of the spectrum, even vegetables have small amounts of carbs. I always considered vegetables a "free snack" food, but it's not like that after all. Usually the amount in fresh cucumber, lettuce and such is so low that it does not matter much unless you eat full plates of it. Depends on the vegetable.
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