Web MD Slideshow: Surprising Sources of Hidden Sugar

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-10-26 11:43:16 -0500
Started 2014-10-12 17:12:33 -0500

This posted to my yahoo inbox today and I thought that this would be important for the inexperienced PWDs (persons with diabetes) among us, as well as those of us who are more seasoned yet may need a refresher. So without further ado ~


To your improved health, and better BG (blood glucose) levels


83 replies

roxanne bohnnow
roxanne bohnnow 2014-10-25 10:31:36 -0500 Report

I love dried fruit, but now I don't know if I should eat it or not. Confused.

LRD 2014-10-26 11:43:16 -0500 Report

I don't really know. I guess fresh fruit is the best. They say you can get good fresh fruit from Aldi's. This is what my neighbor says. Linda

LRD 2014-10-24 14:08:17 -0500 Report

What cereal do they suggest? I thought Post Wheat and Bran with raisins was a good one. Never looked at the sugar.

jayabee52 2014-10-25 02:47:41 -0500 Report

I don't think they recommended a cereal. I myself do not eat cereal or anything based on grain products so it is a rather moot point for me.

patsy1972 2014-10-23 20:47:03 -0500 Report

I have been back in the hospatil again but now I an feeling better thank you everone

jayabee52 2014-10-23 23:29:46 -0500 Report

Thanks for telling us Patsy. Good that you are out and feeling better!


patsy1972 2014-10-24 11:42:17 -0500 Report

just can't get my A1C levels down my suger has been from 388 to 500 so now i have to eat very little and not beard no rice, no pasta all natural fruits and vegetables but they whant me to eat a little all day long no big plats but small portions..
eat like a bird B-)

LRD 2014-10-25 10:29:36 -0500 Report

I hope you find a good solution to your problem. Maybe this is the answer. I am suprised though that they do not suggest any meat or protein. I guess they figure vegetables. Linda

moochie757 2014-10-16 15:13:34 -0500 Report

How can I get my A1 C levels down

jayabee52 2014-10-16 18:33:14 -0500 Report

Howdy Mooch

What is your A1c now?

To lower your A1c, keep your BG (blood glucose) levels as close to normal (80-120 mg/dl) as you can for about 90 days and your A1c will come down closer to normal as well.

The $64 question is how to keep your BG down. It depends on wether you have type 1 or type 2, how you try to mange your diabetes (insulin, oral meds, injectable meds, or "diet" and exercise) and how closely you follow your Dr's orders.

Praying your A1c will come tumbling down on your next test


Happy to be here
Happy to be here 2014-10-15 23:49:04 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this James. Whether we have lived with this for a lifetime or a few weeks, it is good to have access to information that helps us manage this darn disease. Some days despite best efforts it feels like a crap shoot, but it just means I need to pay more attention. Label reading is a must, and "reduced calorie or sugar free" items are better avoided for me. There are compromises with the additions of fat, sodium - there is no fibre as a rule. Diabetes is about being aware of what you consume. Sometimes making allowances for the real thing is simply the most healthy choice I can make or coming up with alternatives that still allow satisfaction without sacrificing my health.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-10-15 13:11:17 -0500 Report

Thank you. We all need to be focused on reading the nutritional labels on everything before we make our purchases. If it is not available to us, we won't be consuming it. Often times the labels on the front are just luring us to purchase the product; we need to read the facts to know what is really in there or not.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-10-13 19:10:30 -0500 Report

Hi there James, Just a quick note to say thank you for your input
and refresher course on hidden sugar. I must say that I never knew my favorite cereal in the whole world has been full of sugar on raisens that are already sweet. Raisin Bran has let me down.
Although I haven't had any since I started my diet, I did eat it often
prior to that. No wonder I used to have high numbers.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 03:56:59 -0500 Report

To be sure SWEETNESS
you are welcome!

With love

LRD 2014-10-25 10:32:52 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update. I though my cereal was a good idea since I don't really cook and my husband is not so great on what one should eat although he has worked with patients with diabeties. He is not much help. Linda

johio 2014-10-13 11:42:58 -0500 Report

nothing surprising there. those are the "usual suspects" for "hidden sugar." we all "know" it, but rarely pay any attention.

Herbie777 2014-10-13 09:42:58 -0500 Report

Thank You James for the headsup, I need all the help I can get. I'm 63 and 15 years of diabetes, but there is always something. Thanks again Herbie777 , Shirley

Type1Lou 2014-10-13 08:13:44 -0500 Report

That's why it's important to read the nutrition labels of everything you buy in packages. I was surprised to find out that the imitation crabmeat and lobster has way more carbs than I thought while the real stuff has practically none.

Kathae 2014-10-15 20:00:25 -0500 Report

Fake anything has more carbs. Look at any label that says sugar free, then look at the real stuff. Fake or surgar free is likely to be twice or more loaded with carbs. They have to make it taste good somehow.

GabbyPA 2014-10-13 06:10:15 -0500 Report

I got this the other day in my email too and what is the worst thing about them is that many of them are touted and "healthy alternatives" to other foods. My biggest one is ketchup. I still use it and I have not found a recipe to make my own that I really like yet.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 03:53:01 -0500 Report

Gabby, For that very reason I have completely DC'd ketchup even before I learned that tomato products are bad for my kidneys.

GabbyPA 2014-10-14 05:06:08 -0500 Report

Tomatoes are bad for our kidneys? Oh dang...I love tomatoes in every form but juice. I eat something tomato almost every day.

Kathae 2014-10-15 20:03:03 -0500 Report

Me too, but I limit it to about once a month. I can't seem to live without spaghetti. It was alwyas my favorite meal.

jayabee52 2014-10-14 21:56:51 -0500 Report

Gabby, it is not the best for our kidneys when our kidneys are weak. Tomatoes have a lot of potassium, a necessary nutrient for muscle function but when kidneys are damaged they cannot clear the excess potassium from the body. The following article does not mention tomatoes by name but tells about the dangers of having a too high potassium load in the body ~ http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/diet-and...

The following does mention Tomatoes as being a super food for some whose kidneys are clearing excess potassium from the body. However in the later stages of ckd (4 and 5) it is best to avoid tomatoes ~ http://www.kidney-cares.org/food/1335.html

So if your kidneys are healthy you have little to worry about when you consume tomatoes and tomato products. I really liked eating tomatoes myself! But gotta do what is necessary tor my health!

FredGoldberg 2014-10-15 10:08:16 -0500 Report

James, thanks for sharing this! I first learned about Ketchup soon after being diagnosed with diabetes, and switched to using Mustard. Now I like the brown spicy variety, but watch out NOT to get Honey-Mustard which has those grams of carbs.

Midge374 2014-10-12 22:58:14 -0500 Report

Thanks, I knew some and thought I knew others. I drank Crystal Lite since it first came out, but stopped because of the type of artificial sweetener it has and make my own.

Ronp 2014-10-12 21:16:58 -0500 Report

Yes, I got the same email from WebMD. I love Raisin Bran; however, I will not by Post brand again because it was way too sweet! Then again, I do not add sugar to my breakfast cereal. I always appreciate good information like that.

jayabee52 2014-10-12 21:30:20 -0500 Report

Yeah, I know, Raisin bran was one of my faves growing up as well! (but I didn't have diabetes back then) however I always thought it strange that they put sugar on the raisins, which are sweet enough by themselves.

For the last 3 + yrs, I won't buy or eat ANY cereal due to the extremely high carb count per serving.

debcox 2014-10-12 19:10:32 -0500 Report

Great article, James. Thanks for sharing. Thankfully, I'm retired and pretty much make all our food from scratch. I also watch our sodium intake. We do eat out on Wednesdays as that is church night and we are too busy doing homework to deal with fixing food although I'm working on that. My grandsons love corn dogs & tater tots so we sometimes splurge and have that on Wednesdays. I usually have a salad on that night.

Deaconess Jane
Deaconess Jane 2014-10-12 23:59:27 -0500 Report

Deb, I'm with you. We do eat out, but not very often. I'm only working part-time so have the time to do home-cooking. I like that I control what goes into our meals. I'm always tweaking recipes and seldom do one the way it's written beyond the first attempt. It fulfills that creative urge that comes over me every so often. lol

Cajun713 2014-10-12 18:41:42 -0500 Report

After learning that 4 grams of sugar equals a teaspoon, and then figuring how many teaspoons of sugar per
Serving is in processed food, I definitely watch my intake, grab a cookie about twice a week to keep my cravings down!
Great Article!!!

rcmodelr 2014-10-12 18:40:44 -0500 Report

I've used very few of the listed items but use the listed Nutritional Info on the labels of what I do use…

I'm amazed how many people know that the Nutritional Info area of the food labels list the total grams of carbohydrates per specified serving size yet those same people very rarely know that on most of those labels; if they'd just read usually one to 3 lines further down into the nutritional info, many of those Nutritional Info labels break down the carbohydrate content and actually say how many grams of sugar are included in the listed serving size's carbohydrate content.

jayabee52 2014-10-12 19:11:43 -0500 Report

Yes there is a lot of that going on. Sometimes it takes something like this to wake folks up.

Thanks RC tor commenting!

Deaconess Jane
Deaconess Jane 2014-10-12 18:00:33 -0500 Report

Good article. Some of these I knew, especially yogurt. I buy plain greek yogurt, then blend in stawberries, raspberries and spinach. For my sons, I may add a banana and/or blueberries. Yummmmm. It's the standard breakfast for hubbs before heading off to work

Type1Lou 2014-10-13 13:43:12 -0500 Report

One way to jazz up plain yogurt is to add a spoonful or two of sugar-free flavored gelatin to it if fresh fruit isn't readily available…providing you don't object to the artificial sweetener.

Deaconess Jane
Deaconess Jane 2014-10-13 15:18:27 -0500 Report

Type1Lou. Good idea and intriguing. My problem is I don't want the artificial sweeteners so I wouldn't use this often, But, for a treat,maybe? : O )

GabbyPA 2014-10-13 06:06:33 -0500 Report

Spinach? I have never considered that, but with a strawberry yogurt, I imagine that would be good.

Kats49 2014-10-14 18:30:47 -0500 Report

I blend Kale or spinach with frozen berries, plain Greek yogurt, add in raw egg and that's my breakfast. I also add ground flax and chia seeds

Deaconess Jane
Deaconess Jane 2014-10-13 15:12:45 -0500 Report

Gabby, I've only just started adding it. A friend who's hypoglycemic suggested it. It doesn't add any flavor (I only put in 4-5 leaves) and with all the other stuff, doesn't color it green. I have found I need to snip it into small pieces or it can make your blender work too hard. I think that may be why my blender broke - right after I started adding it, my blender suddenly had a weird sound and stopped blending as well. I've replace it but am now cutting up the spinach before adding it. Thus far, I'm finding the spinach seems to help my energy level.

GabbyPA 2014-10-16 05:45:25 -0500 Report

Spinach is a wonderful veggie. It's very soft though, and I don't understand why it would cause a blender to break. Kale maybe, but who knows. Stranger things have happened.

haoleboy 2014-10-12 17:31:28 -0500 Report

thanks James
a compelling argument for avoiding processed foods


jayabee52 2014-10-12 18:03:23 -0500 Report

To be sure, Steve!
Knew most of these but there were a couple shockers like the Rasperry Vinegarette. I used to ask for that all the time, thinking it was low cal/ low carb. I didn't check the label (silly me!) I guess I need to take some oil and vinegar on my next trip to my son's house for a meal.

sid615 2014-10-12 17:49:48 -0500 Report

Indeed, the cheap rahman noodles provide a great way to have empty calories and excess sodium; process foods are out.

Kathae 2014-10-12 18:02:41 -0500 Report

I buy something called -ka-me noodles. They are wheat based soba noodles and they are not fried like ramen noodles. They are very good and do little to increase my sugar levels. I think I was Italian in another life because my favorite meal is spaghetti! I make my sauce from fresh tomatoes, in fact I make my own soups etc from fresh ingredients because most have too much salt.

Kats49 2014-10-14 18:33:26 -0500 Report

Sobe noodles are from Japan and they have as much protein as meat..they work well for soups or just softened and stir fry them with cut up veggies of choice…will not raise blood sugars

Kathae 2014-10-15 20:06:34 -0500 Report

I was born during WWII and Kathleen or Catherine was the most popular name.In school I never had any less than 5 Kathy's in my class. In grade one our teacher gave us all a different spelling of Kathy and that is what I ended up with. Saves me writing my last name.

Kathae 2014-10-15 19:57:42 -0500 Report

I buy them from Amazon. They come in a case of 12, and aren't really all that expensive. I use them wherever noodles are called for, and have very little guilt. I also make a very nice Thai soup with pork and cabbage on top.

Herbie777 2014-10-13 09:57:02 -0500 Report

Ka-me noodles it is for me! Pasta is my weakness. I also get creative on the sauces. Thanks All! Shirley