Beware of Glucose–Free Foods

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-28 07:30:10 -0600
Started 2009-02-27 09:41:40 -0600

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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2009-02-28 07:30:10 -0600 Report

Robin, funny you mention this. I have a habit and have been doing this for at least two years. My throat is always scratchy at night and I suck on a couple of cough drops before I go to bed. I had never read the lable. I did read it the other night and the main ingredient is glucose syrup! I have so many bad hypo's during the night, I think the cough drops are keeping me just at the normal level during the night, however, the glucose factor scared me. I'm going to talk to my doctor to see if I need to end this now or continue on. I'm scared without them, I will be back to 20 or 30 again in the middle of the night. Thanks, Angie