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   Posted 11/28/2005 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone have any knowledge about (or use) - #1- Murrays Sugar Free cookies, #2- Eddy's Sugar Free / Fat Free ice cream?
I've spoken to a few people (with diabetes) and have heard both pro and con answers. Checked each companies websites and both say their products are approved for diabetics.
Thanks for any insight.

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   Posted 11/29/2005 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I've tried using those and if you read the fine print, you'll read excessive consumption could result in a laxitive effect in sensitive people.  For me it didnt take much.  Especially with the ice cream.  One or two scoops of ice cream wasn't too bad on the BS but you also gotta watch the Sugar alcohol.  The cookies also produced a laxitive effect but they really don't taste all that well so I just avoid all the Sugar-Free goodies.

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   Posted 11/29/2005 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
watch out for "sugar free" products. They use other "sugars" read the lables and chack the carb amounts to be safe.
Yes they are approved for diabetics but only as an indulgence, a little snack. They will raise your sugar levels.
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   Posted 11/29/2005 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
For myself I would rather have 1/2 of a real cookie, (and no potato or bread with a meal) than have two of those 'diabetic cookies'. They are awful!
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   Posted 11/29/2005 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Any sugar free product still contains carbs.  You have to figure those into your dietary intake.  They are not free.  If you do that, you should have no problem consuming them.  The problem is that people tend to think that they are "bonuses" that can be eaten in addition to their meals, which is not the case. 

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   Posted 11/30/2005 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
i agree with diamond sugar free products are not always good If i want something bad enough i eat some of it and get it off my brain, not the whole thing, but a bite or two. I use stevia and do my own cooking Dont need sweets as much as i use to

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   Posted 4/20/2006 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently found Eat Well Be Well products... they don't make cookies, but it looks like they have breakfast cereals, instant oatmeals, cereal bars, and chocolate bars... all with no sugars, and with no sugar alcohols. Everything I've tried of their's taste great and without the sugar or sugar-alcohols there's none of the sugar spike to contend with.

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   Posted 4/22/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
i have tried the Murray sugar free products, cookies included and they tasted ok to me. I like the shortbread cookies. The other posters are correct about th sugar alcohol ad the carbs though. My dietician called the makers of the Baskin Robbins sugar free candies bcuz it said sugar free, but listed the carbs really high.

I use a lot of the sugar free products, just becuz they taste ood, ie: log cabin syrup is really good.

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   Posted 4/24/2006 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
You know, I think it all comes down to what approach you take to your diabetes. I find it easier to find a standard that will give me the results that keep me in my desired range and try to purchase things that fit that standard. Trying to trade this item for that item just doesn't work for me. The very first rule of purchasing anything is to ignore anything it says on the front label like "sugar free" or "safe for diabetics." They may be just that, but the front label is not where you figure that out. So many products say safe for diabetics only to be loaded with sugar. I have an 8 oz can in front of me that says "for people with diabetes." on the front only to list the contents as 29g carbs of which 7 are sugar and 6 are sugar alcohols and the number 2 item on the contents list is corn maltrodextrin. I can drink it - it woud only drive my blood sugars up in the ADA standards, I know that. But, that is not the approach that works for me. Any sugar no matter what you call it is on my bad list, with very small amounts allowed only because it is in everything and I have to compromise a little just to eat.

about the ice cream, I have looked and looked for ice cream that works for me. I am not aware of the products you have mentioned. Nothing works except making it myself. Even then it is right up to the line of "too much."

I aree with Jeannie143 that a little of the real thing is better that a lot of the low card stuff. The French believe that small protions are better than large ones. That really works. I have been like most dabetics or addicts of any kind believing that if something taste great then more would take even better. The three bite rule you hear the French talk about means one bite to a diabetic. And then only rarely. When I eat out I always give them the same speech, "No bread, potatoes ....." They always answer with a list of other things to make up for the items I don't want. "Quantity is not what is important to me," seems to work for them. Believe me this is very difficult, I grew up having to eat everything put on my plate and turning away food brings out my "cheap nature." I would rather pay a little for something I did not get than pay in the long run for what I ate.
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   Posted 4/24/2006 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   

:::grins wickedly::: I CHEAT!!! 

I take extra metformin and glipizide when I want to cheat.  This would normally drive my blood sugar (coupled with the Byetta) into the Hypoglycemic range, but then I have my Hagendaz dark chocolate ice cream bar and VOILA; normal blood sugar when i go to bed!  Mind you I don't make a habit of this; only once in a while....but oooooooooooh does it taste good when I do it!!!

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   Posted 4/25/2006 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   

Haven't seen you post in a while. Good to see you again. You always have such common sense answers. I have to tell you this... My eyes aren't always paying attention to what they see and for the longest time I thought your sign in name here was dessert diabetic ... tongue I thought you were being a smart @$$ and making fun of wanting desserts! My brain is so gone...

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