Read the Labels!

Paul Weller
By Paul Weller Latest Reply 2012-08-16 16:27:50 -0500
Started 2012-08-02 08:21:26 -0500

Recently, we've been checking out the labels on the "down-sized" and newer packaged products in the stores. BUYER Beware! For those with type 1 who need to count carbs religiously, beware of the products you've counted on before.
Examples: "Light Cranberry Juice" went from 5 to 5.5 carbs/serving
" Peanut Butter" went from 7 to 8 carbs/serving and they had to list "peanuts and sugar" as the main ingredients. It seems that some industries may be increasing sugar (to save money???)

19 replies

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2012-08-16 16:27:50 -0500 Report

That is VERY true! Diabetics can enjoy many foods if they control the serving size. By the way, for those who don't care for the texture of "Natural " Peanut Butter products, we discovered that Simply Jiff is only 6 carbs/2T serving. It is lower in sodium and sugar.

IronOre 2012-08-15 22:09:38 -0500 Report

My sister teaches a nutrition class, and she points out to her class that the most important info on that label is the SERVING SIZE.

ChyWeather 2012-08-03 00:00:49 -0500 Report

I've been reading labels for several decades and I am not diabetic, but my late husband was and so are many of my friends. True Natural Peanut Butter is only Peantus and Salt! It helps fight cholesterol. My recent check was HDL 102, LDL 100. I don't eat to lower the bad, I eat to raise the good. You can too…

Type1Lou 2012-08-03 14:11:13 -0500 Report

Agree with you about the TRUE natural PB being only peanuts and salt…my favorite is Smucker's all Natural PB…I go through 1 large jar a week. My husband eats the other stuff (Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan) but I'll go without if that's the only PB in the house.

ChyWeather 2012-08-09 14:25:19 -0500 Report

Good for you. You're helping your cholesterol!

Type1Lou 2012-08-09 14:29:17 -0500 Report

My lunch is usually an apple, cored and sliced into 12 slices then slathered with all natural PB…anywhere between 37 to 42 grams of carb based on the size of the apple. I'd give up steak before I gave up PB!

ChyWeather 2012-08-09 19:11:05 -0500 Report

Lmho, that's great. I seldom eat any red meat except Venison and I do have to admit I do like a good steak now and then but I kind of have issues with the whole raising and slaughtering. I love Lobster and other seafood.

femaletrucker 2012-08-02 20:47:15 -0500 Report

You can get unsweetened, all natural peanut butter. I take fresh or frozen berries, mash them up and add Truvia…and put that on top of the peanut butter and spread it on a piece of Wasa crisp bread for a sweet taste.

ChyWeather 2012-08-09 14:26:33 -0500 Report

Yes, I've seen that done and it's a good thing. I sometimes eat my with mayonnaise. Something I learned from mom.

GabbyPA 2012-08-02 18:54:03 -0500 Report

Wow, I never thought of comparing my tried and trues. I figured once I had wisely chosen my foods, they would stay the same. That is an eye opener. I know they reduce the sizes to keep pricing the same, I never thought of them adding more junk to keep the prices down. How discouraging that is.

Nick1962 2012-08-02 11:55:34 -0500 Report

You bring up some good points and warnings there Paul. The food industry is always changing and finding new ways to market to the segment of the population that will spend the most on their product. I guess that’s just the nature of business in general. They admit to using some pretty amazing tactics too – packaging, shelf placement, advertising, and yes, adding sugar too. The latest Hardee’s $5 “big box lunch” commercial kind of sickens me – a van with a mortar mount firing bag lunches at people which include two double cheeseburgers, an order of Natural-Cut Fries, a fried apple pie and a 20-oz. beverage. I mean really, for a sedentary office worker, this is a death sentence in a bag. Bang! Diabetes. Bang! Obesity! Bang! Coronary disease. Might as well just be firing the mortar rounds. 1500 calories and 92 grams of fat in one meal. But you know they’re going to sell.
I would love to see a company market to diabetics, but there just is very little money to be made if directed to just them. It would not be at all hard (or expensive) to make a low carb, diabetic friendly microwave convenience meal, but most folks I bet would find it lacking flavor or variety. For folks like me that are strict with their diet, it’s just easier to create my own, and I control the carbs and calories. Add to that there really no longer seems to be an accepted standard “diabetic” diet, the food industry would just be taking pot shots.
I’m with you, there needs to be some type of advocacy, but when media is out there telling everyone a 1500 calorie, grease and sodium laden lunch is acceptable, well don’t worry, we’ll all be diabetic soon and things will turn in our favor.

arsmithsr 2012-08-02 15:37:44 -0500 Report

I wouldn't really count on that. I have tried stuff like glucerna and other Diabetic products supposedly made to help regulate Blood sugar. Well I have found them BS friendly just not Blood sugar friendly if you take my meaning. More the stuff that comes from the north end of a south bound cow!!!. I have tried a couple of different brands with pretty much the same result. So I would not look to a commercial company trying to actually make anything that is really good for us. I am sure they would try and market stuff that is supposed to be good for you to make a profilt at 3 times the price others get but me meeter don't lie!!!

ChyWeather 2012-08-09 14:47:51 -0500 Report

I find that when they take out sugar, they add salt or fat or something I don't recognize. Seriously, changing your eating habits is about the only way. I am fortunate to be able to purchase a whole processed deer here in TN. No additives, no hormones, no nothing. They added a little beef fat and I pitched a fit this last time. I like my plain.

When it comes to eating, I think seasonings, not salt or very little for me. The flavors make it rewarding and interesting to eat. I do a lot of fiber, I drink the actual product Colon Cleanse, in Strawberry or Orange for a healthy colon which is a part of weight control. I am active. Check out where you live on to see if there are group things you might enjoy. They are activities groups.

GabbyPA 2012-08-09 15:46:42 -0500 Report

I have always wondered about the colon cleanse products. My doctor says they are hype, but I am not sure. Do you find they are helpful and in what ways?

Nick1962 2012-08-02 16:26:49 -0500 Report

Yeah, i might just be dreaming, but the way we're going, we're going to be nothing but chair bound bags of fat. You're right, there really is nothing out there pre-made commercially that is really BS friendly. I think though, that's because "old school" diabetic friendly meant don't eat candy and that's it. It seems like the last 20 years have brought out so many different diets that seem to make good control easier, stuff like the glucerna and sugar free jello/pudding (or anything these days) is just inferior to what we're doing. Heck, even the Healthy Choice stuff isn't a whole lot healthier (that's where reading the labels really pays off). Maybe I'm wrong (hope I am), but a line of micro-meals each under 30 carbs per meal might just take off. Could label them the "Seriously Healthy Choice"

Paul Weller
Paul Weller 2012-08-02 10:31:49 -0500 Report

The Food Industry is ignorant about the numbers of folks with Diabetes. They have "Gluten Free" products widely advertised, but what about healthy alternatives for diabetics? Perhaps this is something that Diabetic Connect could tell the Food Industry. Low Carb foods were always associated with losing weight, not Diabetes. It was a FAD. However, Diabetes is with us FOR LIFE and we need advocacy- not just from the Juvenile Diabetes Assoc. but from all who have Diabetes as well.

Caroltoo 2012-08-02 14:20:58 -0500 Report

Healthy alternatives for diabetics are found in the produce and meat aisles. Skip the center sections and you don't have to deal with the ignorance of the "Food Industry". Take care of your own needs.