Does anyone know anything about Extend products..

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-01-11 09:58:06 -0600
Started 2015-01-08 16:21:48 -0600

I was in Walgreens today picking up meds for the hubby..when I came across a product called Extend drizzlers..I didn't buy any because well I once tried a atkins peanut butter cup and my sugar shot up so high I probably would of been better of with a flipping snickers bar…but these look crunchy…CRUNCHY!!!!!..and they claim to "help control blood sugar"…yeah I know a lot of products say that…and claims that because it uses uncooked cornstarch it s great for diabetics…opinions??? experiences???

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GabbyPA 2015-01-09 19:17:36 -0600 Report

Extend has many products and they are made to make you feel full. The idea is to eat one about 30 minutes before a meal to curb your appetite. I have tried them just because I got some free. They are okay, but I really didn't care too much for them. I don't recall what they did for my glucose levels after eating them.

I don't spend too much on "diabetic" foods because once it has that label, it costs twice as much as it should.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-10 18:52:11 -0600 Report

well if their purpose is to make you feel full…they serve no purpose for me..lmao…I am rarely hungry since going on atkins…one of the side benefits of the diet…

RosalieM 2015-01-11 09:58:06 -0600 Report

The resistant starch makes you fell full, but that is not all it does. When eaten with a food with starch in it, it prevents the starch from digesting so
It prevents the blood sugar rise you would normally get from starch.
The starch becomes a fiber and leaves undigested. The ratio of starch to
resistant starch fiber plays a role too.
I have the resistant starch fiber in bulk and put it in foods myself.

RosalieM 2015-01-09 12:40:47 -0600 Report

Hi Jibber,
I can help you with the Extend Bars. I talked about this before, but I can see by comments that people didn't "get it" at that time. The Extend Bars have the uncooked corn starch you mentioned. Whether they raise blood sugar or not depends on what else is in them. The raw resistant starch fiber will not raise blood sugar very much and can help stabilize blood sugar. Here is how it works.
When you have raw resistant corn starch fiber in a food that contains a starch such as flour, the raw corn starch attaches to the enzyme that the body makes to digest starch and prevents it from being digested for one hour.
For that one hour the starch in the product becomes a fiber and is indigestible
since the starch cannot digest, it cannot raise blood sugar.
Food processors use the this special corn starch in products that also contain sugar. The special corn starch will not keep sugar from raising blood sugar.
That is what makes you think they lie. In truth they are probably ignorant of this fact. If the products were made with Splenda as perhaps the Extend Bars are
the will work as advertised. I bought those Extend bars eight years ago and they worked. They taste like cardboard, but they do work. I then found out what was in them that made them work. I bought the special corn starch and made my own products no sugar but Splenda they do keep my blood sugar down. I have much more information about this subject. What else do you want to know.

lilleyheidi 2015-01-08 23:37:18 -0600 Report

Never tried them, but exactly what the others have said, I try to stick to real foods. Nuts, seeds, fruits, and occasionally dark chocolate. I'm always looking at those products too and they do look good, but I'm afraid of them for a few reasons, one because i think they will spike me, two because I'm afraid I won't be able to stop at just one bar. Wishing you good health HUGs, Heidi

RosalieM 2015-01-09 12:46:17 -0600 Report

Liliey you will be able to stop at one bar. Any thing with the raw corn starch in will make you very full. You will eat less because you want less.

haoleboy 2015-01-08 21:28:09 -0600 Report

I try to stick to real single ingredient foods as much as possible … tried for years to get that processed food stuff to play nice with my glucose levels … finally gave up.
(dark chocolate is a notable exception to my "rule")


sweetslover 2015-01-08 20:01:05 -0600 Report

Somewhere out there, there has to be a really good tasting SWEET treat that has almost no carbs and lots of protein. It will be gooey and chewy and the serving size will be huge. I AM ON A MISSION TO FIND IT—oh, I just woke up. Nice dream, though.

RosalieM 2015-01-09 12:48:32 -0600 Report

Sweetslover, I have a chocolate truffle that is sugar free and loaded with raw corn starch. It tastes like sin and helps me keep my blood sugar down. I invented it along with a cheese cake to die for. Cookies etc.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-08 20:50:34 -0600 Report

You made me smile…they will find this sweet treat exactly one day AFTER they find a cure for diabetes and we don't need it anymore…lmao

Pegsy 2015-01-08 16:53:50 -0600 Report

I find that most "products" like this end up spiking me regardless of what they claim. I limit my carbs to 11-20 grams per serving and no more than 6 grams of sugar. Even when a product meets that criteria it will usually still spike me. I find I do best to avoid products and just stick to "real" foods. I snack mostly on nuts, seeds, cheese and small quantities of fruit. These things are easily carried in my purse. There are a few exceptions for me. Occasionally I snack on organic popcorn (3 cups popped), 1 or 2 Dove chocolate squares (with a few almonds or pistachios) or home made tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole (low carb whole wheat tortillas baked to a crisp). I don't know if this helps you or not but this is what works for me.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-08 17:07:18 -0600 Report

yeah…that's why I didn't buy them…if something seems to good to be true…it usually is…and after my atkins peanut butter cup fiasco ..where I went from 121 to 167 in 15 freaking minutes…I stay away from that kind of food as well…but I can still hope(smile)..

RosalieM 2015-01-09 12:52:13 -0600 Report

The lady who sells the Extend Bars is a former CEO of the American Diabetic Association and a diabetic doctor If you google Extend bars and look for her, her name is Francine Kaufman, you can read about heer. She has tested the Extend Bars on her patients.

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