Reading Labels & Serving Sizes

By f_red21 Latest Reply 2011-05-25 08:54:56 -0500
Started 2011-05-25 07:27:56 -0500

Most of us when we shop we tend to get the foods we like & not pay attention to the nutrition labels on the product.For instance bread:13 grams of carbohydrates, but if you look at the serving size it will give the carbs,sugars,etc. per slice per serving.That's what you need to pay attention to & not be confused into thinking that's all there is in the complete package.When I shop I look for those two things(carb content per serving & sugars per serving)& buy the pne with the least amount of the two,I also pay attention to the cholesterol per. serving too as well as the other ingredients.And take everything in moderation,we as diabetics are unique in our eating habits whereas others tend to eat anything & everything which IMHO tends to lead to the chance to get diabetes.Hope this lil' bit 'O' my way of doing things helps you,Thanks for allowing me to express it here.

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f_red21 2011-05-25 08:54:56 -0500 Report

I too found out the hard way,especially about tomato soups,sauces,etc. I have cans of the stuff in my pantry now that I'm going to donate to the local food pantry & hope that a non-diabetic person gets it.Also I love cranberry sauce buuut,it too is going to the food pantry.I've learned a lot of things about eating habits & foods I can & cannot have & believe me I do read labels every time I shop.Thanks for your input on this ,I hope it helps others out there who are having trouble coping.Good luck.

crazygirl777 2011-05-25 08:35:31 -0500 Report

Learning about serving sizes is almost like re-learning how to eat. All of a sudden, everything we used to eat needs to be measured! Even simple things like making a sandwich, which used to take just a few minutes, seems to take forever because of checking serving sizes, adding up numbers and everything else that goes into planning a meal when you are diabetic. It is a lot of work! There are times when the stress just seems like too much, but I look at the way I eat and thing, wow…this is the healthiest that I have ever eaten in my life! (and I really haven't ever been a bad eater anyways). Balancing the food groups to make sure that there are enough proteins and fats to off set the carbs is not fun, but it's a necessity. The whole thing is a giant learning process, and I don't know if that process ever ends, but it sure is a worthwhile thing to get used to. I find my kids saying to each other "hey!!! You took more than a serving size of that!!" (I silently laugh when I hear that one!)

nanaellen 2011-05-25 07:56:58 -0500 Report

I found out the hard way about serving size when I first got out of the hospital!! I went home and had a can of Campbell's Tomato Soup. Boy was THAT a mistake. Tested my #'s after and couldn't understand WHY my # was 379!! THEN I read the back of the can…28 GRAMS OF SUGAR PER SERVING AND THEY SAY THERE'S 2 1/2 SERVINGS IN EACH CAN!!! So ONE can of soup is 70 GRAMS OF SUGAR!!! Glad you posted maybe it can help the next one down the line!! Ellen :)