How does dairy foods, ie. milk, half and half, no sugar added ice creams affect blood glucose levels?

By Cajun713 Latest Reply 2011-10-16 04:25:26 -0500
Started 2011-10-15 07:56:59 -0500

Was given a flyer by a co-worker who is strugling with diet issues and the flyer had info that cows milk affects insulin levels, can any one clarify this for me?

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Type1Lou 2011-10-15 14:56:52 -0500 Report

Milk products have varying amounts of lactose, a naturally occurring sugar/carbohydrate. One cup of 2% milk has around 13 grams of carb. As diabetics, carbs are what cause our BG levels to rise. Different cheeses will have varying amounts of carbohydrate. Get into the habit of reading food labels and checking out the carb content of foods as well the serving sizes noted. You'll be surprised…for example, most fish has no carbs…except for the imitation crab and lobster meat. One 3 oz serving of the imitation crabmeat has 20 grams of carb…must be what they put into it when processing! Sheesh!

Cajun713 2011-10-15 21:07:33 -0500 Report


Cajun713 2011-10-16 04:25:26 -0500 Report

I have been reading the labels and find that most milk has about 13 grams of sugar PER 8 0z SERVING, and then I check to see how many servings the container has. I also use unsweetened soy, or almond milk available @ wally world.

Kirla 2011-10-15 10:31:20 -0500 Report

You need to read the labels. Carbs spike blood sugar. Especially starchy carbs. I have found that most cheese is low carb. Heavy & light cream is low carb in small amounts. I had to stop using heavy cream because it raised my cholesterol. Saturated fat is high. I found eating lots of saturated fat will spike my cholesterol. Half and half is low carb. I now use half & half when I need to add milk to a recipe.

Milk is a high carb food. If you read the label there is lots of sugar in regular milk. Whole milk, 2%, 1% and skim milk all have lots of carbs. If you can afford it, half and half is lower in carbs and saturated fat is lower than the creams. I found that if I drink a few ounces of milk with a meal low in carbs along with some protein and fat it doesn’t raise my blood sugar too much.

Sugar free ice cream can still have lots of carbs. I have found that a spoonful will be ok to eat. But it’s hard to eat just a spoonful. I bought some once and had to throw out half of it so I don’t buy it anymore.

For low carb ice cream I make my own. I bought one of those ice cream machines you freeze the bowl in the freezer. Then I mix in a blender 1-cup plain Greek yogurt with 2 cups of half and half along with 2 scoops of protein shake mix. Will add one spoonful of peanut butter. Will refrigerate for a few hours and mix in the machine. I think it makes great ice cream. The recipe above will make 4 cups. I freeze 3 cups in separate containers that hold about 1 cup. The forth cup I eat out of the machine.

If I make chocolate ice cream I will use chocolate protein shake mix and add 2 tablespoons of sugar free chocolate syrup. For vanilla ice cream I add vanilla protein shake mix. I even make blackberry and grape ice cream. I just add a tablespoon of sugar free jam or jelly to the vanilla ice cream and it comes out pretty good.

Not all protein shake mixes are low carb. I use one I found that is only 2 net carbs per serving. Works for me. I even drink a low carb protein shake every morning when I first wake up. I found it helps stabilize my blood sugar in the morning.

I now spray the frozen bowl to make ice cream with a non stick cooking spray before I add the ice cream mix to the machine. Otherwise it will be hard to separate the ice cream stuck to the bowl.

The ice cream that you freeze will be hard as a rock and will not be able to eat it unless you take it out of the freezer about 20-30 minutes before you eat it. When left on a counter it softens up pretty good and eating with a spoon is possible.

Good luck