"Sweet" savories?

By camerashy Latest Reply 2011-09-20 13:34:56 -0500
Started 2011-09-16 16:23:18 -0500

I understand that whatever isn't sweet is savory - like beef stew and vegetables, etc. There's no denying I have a sweet tooth, but I also like "savory" - for instance beef stew. Sometimes when I get stew, chili, spaghetti and such, it tastes sweet to me. Is there anyone else out there that this happens to? Why does it happen?

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Type1Lou 2011-09-19 17:29:24 -0500 Report

Some veggies like carrots, corn, beets and ,yes, tomatoes have varying degrees of natural sugars (and higher carb values) Many prepared foods we buy may have added sugars as James has warned. Reading labels has become a "must" for me. I find that my palate has evolved as I've aged and changed my eating habits. Twinkies make me gag now and I wonder how/why I ever ate them. I will only eat Natural Peanut Butter made with peanuts and salt. Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan all have added sugars and other stuff and I hate their texture; I'd rather do without than eat them.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-09-20 13:34:56 -0500 Report

I really notice the sweetness levels with green, red, orange and yellow bell peppers. The sweetness of the yellow being the greaest and green being the least.

camerashy 2011-09-19 18:05:35 -0500 Report

Corn and beets have too much sugar n them for me. The peanut butter I use (when I have any ) is 50/50. It's a company for diabetics run by diabetics. It's the only brand that doesn't skyrocket my glucose level.

MewElla 2011-09-19 17:16:23 -0500 Report

One thing I have noticed that some of the favorites of mine…I just don't like anymore..like my taste buds have definitely changed since I got diabetes..I do not use sweetners at all but some foods just taste so different…Thought this was just me, but now, I realize I have company…

jayabee52 2011-09-19 18:26:47 -0500 Report

you most certainly do have company, Mary. I had noted before I had DM my taste buds were changing all the time, so I don't think it is the diabetes that is doing it. Our eating patterns (avoiding anything sweet or salty - like ham) does affect our taste buds too.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-09-19 15:18:53 -0500 Report

Tomatoes and carrots taste sweet to me. Also, like James, the less sugar or fake sugars I use the sweeter vegies taste. Maybe tha is why the stew, chili, etc taste sweet to you.

jayabee52 2011-09-16 18:02:40 -0500 Report

If you get the product from a store, read the ingredient list. There may well be sugars hidden in the list. Molasses, honey, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, malt, and others may be the culprits.

If you are making the food from "scratch" I would have no idea except one of the ingredients (like a canned or bottled gravy for the stew) might have hidden sugars.

I have noticed also that since I have avoided most sweetened products, my taste buds for sweet things have changed. What once didn't taste sweet to me before now tastes a little sweet. And if I should eat a piece of candy for some reason, it is almost hideously sweet and I need to spit it out.

camerashy 2011-09-16 18:37:34 -0500 Report

Heard that! I cook from scratch. I don't use bottled or canned anything if I can help it. Even my spaghetti sauce consists of cooked down fresh tomatoes. I understand there's sugar in those fruits, too.

jayabee52 2011-09-19 18:29:45 -0500 Report

that is very good! If you make your own tomato sauce there is a recipe in the recipe section where I tell how to make tomato sauce without a lot of cooking. You might want to take a look to see if it'd work for you.

stormz 2011-09-19 18:51:12 -0500 Report

I've been making my own sauce since I was a teenager…it don't take long..I have never added salt except to the boiling water when I make the pasta…I use the leanest meats I can find as well…I am also Italian so it is hard for me not to eat this a lot. I grew up eating pasta 2 xs a week but as I got older and learned more I knew this was unhealthy for you. Being a diabetic we all have to watch what we eat. Now I make it once a month. I do need my fix! But I make it as healthy as I can. I do add plenty of fresh garlic which is good for your heart. Another thing we need to watch out for. Even if we were not diabetics. But if some one would like my recipe I will gladly give it out as well. I did check yours out, it looks very tasty too. Cheers to those of us who enjoy cooking!

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 18:26:06 -0500 Report

Wow I missed the word get here, "Sometimes when I get stew, chili, spaghetti" I forget that not everyone cooks anymore. Yes there are a lot of new terms to hide sugar from the public. Salt/sodium is another item diebetics should be aware of when reading lables.

camerashy 2011-09-16 18:39:25 -0500 Report

So I'm a salt-a-holic. And like I said to jayabee52, I cook from scratch. When I said "I get" I meant out of the pot I cooked it in.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 20:29:56 -0500 Report

Ahh yes so you did. I am shocked at the people who think grabbing cookie dough out of the freezer at the store is home made or using box mixes. Ok I get my soup from my pots too.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-16 16:33:28 -0500 Report

Oh boy do I love soups, stews and chili. The fun part is you can make these to be soooo very healthy. The more veggies the better :) I have found that pasta and my BG meter do not get along but I can replace that pasta with a boiled or baked potato and my meter then gives me good numbers.

Type1Lou 2011-09-19 17:35:21 -0500 Report

I make a veggie and meat soup that I love. I usually cook chicken to get the broth, cut up the meat to add it later and maybe a bit of home-made sausage too. (We're friends with a retired butcher who makes his own very lean sausage.) I put cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, sometimes corn or zucchini or mushrooms or black beans. Depending on the ingredients, it comes to maybe 15 carbs/cup

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