Am I suppose to worry about the sugar or just carbs?

By TammyP75 Latest Reply 2013-05-06 15:16:48 -0500
Started 2013-04-28 06:09:55 -0500

I noticed that the sugar is listed under the carbs on the label and not sure which one I am suppose to be watching..or maybe both..

Also is anyone on a low sodium /low carb diet?? If so which is more important to stay away from if one brand has more sodium and less carbs but the other has less sodium and more carbs..I am so confused.
Thank you for all help

22 replies

GabbyPA 2013-05-06 15:16:48 -0500 Report

This is the quandary. They remove one thing and they will add another to keep the mouth feel and flavor the way we will buy it. It is confusing to be sure.
Low carb is for your diabetes and the low sodium is for another issue? What you may want to do is ask your doctor to set up an appointment with a dietitian to help you wade through what is the most important based on your goals set with your doctor.

For the diabetes, all carbs count. Sugar ones are going to give a bigger spike if they are high in the percent of carbs in a serving. But all carbs will eventually turn into glucose, and the slower that happens the better the carb is for you. You may have to test after eating certain foods to see what they do to your numbers. It is different for each person.

To help with your issue of reduced carb and reduced sodium you may want to consider not eating processed foods. Anything that comes in a box or has more than 5 ingredients in it is often going to be highly processed which means it will tend to have more sodium or sugar in it than you may want to eat.

If you start reading the ingredients instead of just the nutritional values, that may help. Find ways to make your favorite convenience foods at home where you control what goes into it. Eating more whole foods will also help cut back on both.

lanessa 2013-05-05 17:38:05 -0500 Report

I don't even eat 40 per serving cuz I feel that's a lil to much for my body n everyone body is different

tabby9146 2013-05-05 10:46:25 -0500 Report

we were told in diabetes class, the total carbs listed, is what you look at, and that is supposd to include the ones listed as sugars. You sure don't want total carbs of like 50 or more, some don't do well with 40 per serving, I try to get less than that.

meoweeee 2013-05-05 04:04:37 -0500 Report

all carbs are sugars of one sort or another. just think carbs= sugar because they do.. if you eat a potato it has the same effect as eating sugar in your blood stream for most pwd and for everyone else. you need to look at total carbs which is the carbs - fiber and - sugar alcohol divided by 2. stevia is the best sweetener to use it contains no carbs( pure raw stevia extract with no glycerin and no malto dextrin..) and it won't spike your blood sugar. carbs is what you need to worry about. eat whole foods and you won't have to worry about addition of sodium etc. on a low carb diet 50g and under per day you need to increase sodiium intake anyway. on a whole food diet where you cook everything you are in control of your carb intake. read dr. Bernstein's book: the diabetes solution. Avoid aspartame, splenda(spikes bg), sugar alcohol's (spike bg contain carbs, intestinal upset= laxative) as they are unhealthy and most spike bg. Avoiding grains and starchy vegetables is a good idea too. remember that milk= lactose = sugar.. skim milk is on the list of foods to use to raise bg when hypoglycemic.

jayabee52 2013-05-04 15:12:21 -0500 Report

Sugars are a subset of carbs. So If you keep your carbs low, you automatically limit the sugars. I keep my carbs low so my sugar intake is low as well. To only worry about the sugars and not the carbs, could lead one into higher than needed BG (blood glucose) levels.

MisterEHollander 2013-05-01 19:47:41 -0500 Report

I too also watch the carbs. As a pod user, I enter my glucose level and the PDM asks if I am eating and how many carbs the meal will have. This is all set-up by my doctors' office.

Charlieb63 2013-05-01 15:19:43 -0500 Report

I watch CARBS first and foremost - but keep an eye in sugars a little bit as well - but not nearly as much as carbs.

Gwen214 2013-04-30 04:58:25 -0500 Report

If you're confused, it's best to talk to a nutritionist and your doctor. Look for something that has both low sodium and low carbs. Do you cook? Or are you talking about processed foods. Try to eat more fresh foods, and then you can control your sodium intake. I have to watch both, not that anything is elevated, but because to prevent from anything elevating.

Type1Lou 2013-04-29 10:07:11 -0500 Report

I watch total carbs…all sugars have carbs…not all carbs are sugars…but your body will convert carbs to sugars.

alemmings 2013-04-29 01:45:27 -0500 Report

My endro dr tells me I can eat anything I want as long as it is in moderation. Because most kow carb food are high n sodium and low sodium have higher carbs. And that's the samething my dietician says. It is truely trial and error til you get it figured out. And they guidelines of how to treat diabetes has changed alot simce I was diagnosed and changes continuously.

Sheri Lynn
Sheri Lynn 2013-04-28 21:06:40 -0500 Report

On labels, the sugar listed below the carbs are actually included in the carb count. They are required to actually give you the portion from sugar

IronOre 2013-04-28 14:16:08 -0500 Report

As far as I am concerned that is a blessing and a curse. If you notice on the label a Hershey bar has something like 25 carbs, while a baked potato has something like 60 carbs . . . the carbs in both of those should be treated the same way.

Nick1962 2013-04-28 11:23:43 -0500 Report

I watch both equally. Sodium is last on my list after calories, but i do try to keep it at a minimum if I can. The top two are carbs and sugars for me.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-28 10:59:03 -0500 Report

Some carbs are as bad as pure sugar. I mostly watch the carbs. Plus, what the carb is. For example 15 carbs of carrots is not equal to 15 carbs of corn.I can snack on a bag of baby carrots all day (nervous eater, need the crunch on occassion) with no BG spike. But a 15 carb serving of corn is a guarenteed BG spike. Other people have the same spike with 15 carbs of carrots and 15 carbs of corn; or they have no spike with either. Some canned goods throw in hidden sugars that can cause a problem. About a year ago there was someone (Nick or Jigsaw - gosh I can never tell which of those dudes is which) who posted about he found he had a much lower BG reading from eating a pizza with a white sauce than with a tomato based sauce. Seems tomato paste,used in many sauces is a concentrated a form of sugar. So 15 carbs of tomato paste might cause a higher BG spike than eating 15 carbs of tomatoes.

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