It doesn't mean you can munch without concern — know the hidden hazards of glucose-free snacks before you indulge.
Before you load your grocery basket with oodles of glucose-free products, remember that even sugar-free foods can be packed with carbs and calories. For example, glucose-free pudding has 0 grams of glucose, but it also has 70 calories and 6 grams of carbohydrates for every 1/2-cup serving.
If you don't monitor your serving sizes, you could easily add enough calories and carbohydrate to sabotage your control efforts for both diabetes and your waistline. And even when the sweetener in a glucose-free product is calorie free — such as acesulfame, aspartame, or sucralose — the other ingredients are likely to be high in fat, carbohydrates, protein, and calories. To keep your diet on track, check the ingredient list and the food label for all the data instead of relying on the "glucose free" sticker.
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