Turtle is absolutely right! Food in packages (cans, tins, boxes, etc.) contain lots of extra ingredients that affect blood sugar, so it's best to stay away from them. Salad dressings, for example, almost always contain sugar or dextrose (sugar) or flour in different forms, so it's best to make your own from oil and vinegar with your own added herbs.
There is no escaping the truth that carbs, even the few we think of in one piece of bread, will raise blood sugar. Fruit is notorious for this, too. Most diabetics do better with berries like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries but then only a very few at a time eaten with something else, like cream cheese or yogurt.
I never eat potatoes anymore. For Thanksgiving, I make mashed cauliflower for myself and flavor it with butter and some salt and pepper. Squash might be better on your blood sugar than potatoes but if you eat a large portion, then it will still raise your blood sugar. Gravy and sauces from cans and packets contain flour, or corn starch or other carbs that raise blood sugar. In fact, a typical Thanksgiving dinner can totally wreck your eating plan with the starchy vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, pies. Even plain apple juice used in mulled apple juice has a lot of carbs.
Is this fair? No, it's not!
But now, instead of being mad at what's on the table and eating it anyway, I tackle this my way: I make mashed cauliflower for me and anyone else who wants it and mashed potatoes for the rest of the [they'll be sorry] family at the table. I don't eat the rolls. I don't put gravy on the cauliflower - I put butter. I eat the turkey, ham or whatever meat we have. I "might" take part of a spoon of the cranberry sauce, maybe not, depends. I make pumpkin pie without a crust, with half the sugar and with some artificial sweetener and eat a small slice. I drink wine. This is a 180 degree turn around from the past.
I have my reasons for keeping my blood sugar as near to what a non-diabetic's blood sugar is: my grandmother died from diabetes, my mother had to have a leg amputated from gangrene (she had neuropathy and wounded her foot) and died of a heart attack after the operation, my brother had triple by-pass surgery and has neuropathy in his feet and my sister is teetering on dialysis. They all were under their doctors' care and following the guidelines of the blood sugar levels recommended by our national organization for diabetes. (I am not naming names anymore but you know who they are.) Read the link in my signature for more information about
where our blood sugar levels should be! That's why I stand on my soap box!
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/