Ingredients are everything

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2009-02-19 15:55:03 -0600
Started 2009-02-13 07:20:22 -0600

Please, Please, read your ingredients.
I use to obsess with the number of carbs in a particular food. Buy it, eat it, and then my sugar would be off the chart. it took me a while, but I figured out that I was reading the wrong label!! What I should of been reading was the ingredient list. Carbs are different than sugars. Some thing can be low carb., but have a lot of sugars, honey, molassess, amoung other things that will affect your readings.
Please know what the list is of things that make your BS readings sky rocket and look for them in the ingredient list.
I use to buy All BRAN cereal for example. And my BS would be high after. Why? well, lets start with the listing of molassess and work down from there!
I now read the ingredient list before I read the carb listing.

4 replies

kdroberts 2009-02-19 15:55:03 -0600 Report

"Some thing can be low carb., but have a lot of sugars, honey, molassess, amoung other things that will affect your readings."

Umm, no they can't. All those things are carb and would have to be counted on the carb total so if it contained a lot of them then it wouldn't be low carb. It's impossible for manufacturers to hide nutritional ingredients. I'm no fan of the nutritional labels but the worse it will be is 0.5g off. Carbs are not really different to sugars, a sugar is a carbohydrate, however, there are other ones like starch. Something may be low carb and all the carb comes from sugars, that's up to you to figure out if you want to eat, but it's impossible for something to be labeled with a low carb amount and contain a lot of sugars. If it does you can report the company to the FDA for incorrect labeling.

Things that could be misleading is "no sugar added" that can contain mountains of sugar. No sugar/no fat/no carb can contain fat, sugar or carb. Reduced sugar/reduced fat can still contain a huge amount as long as it is at least 25% less than the original. Lastly light. All that means is the fat has been reduced by 50% or the calories by 1/3, they can still be high calorie and high fat.

GabbyPA 2009-02-13 10:52:32 -0600 Report

You are so right DonnaAnn. Sometimes I just don't even bother if something has more than 5 ingredients in it, I tend not to buy it. For myself anyway. Hubby has to have some of the junk, but I am a HUGE advocate of reading your lables.

I can't eat corn, rice or if there is any of that in something, I know it will cause me issues. So I don't even bother.

Advertising has learened the art of deciet, and we have to watch out. "light", "sugar free", "no sugar added", "zero trans fats"....these are all big fat lies. You have to read more carefully the ingredients on these items because they hide the bad things with different names. BUYER BE WARE!!

I am like JP. She taught me early on to buy whole foods. For the most part we do that, and it has helped me loose a lot of weight, gotten me feeling better and helped me drop my numbers without meds. I am on meds now, and to be honest, they don't seem to do near as much as eating healthy does. I used to do better without them.

2009-02-13 08:28:00 -0600 Report

Everyone reacts to foods differently and carbs are carbs that's why in diabetic education they teach carb counting. Some carbs are better for us nutritionally than others but in the end, the body utilizes them the same regardless of where they come from. This is where 'everyone' is different comes into play. That's why we test foods to see how they affect us. It's not the sugar or molasses in a product causing sugar spikes, it's more the quantity of the product eaten or just how one's body reacts to a certain ingredient. A carb is a carb and yes there are hidden carbs in some products. that is why I advocate eating whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. If it's not processed it's pretty easy to figure out what's in it.


DonnaAnn 2009-02-15 03:31:29 -0600 Report

yes, a carb is a carb, but it is not sugar free! I stopped counting carbs and starting looking at what I was putting in my mouth ingredient wise, and my sugars are good.