Who Are They trying to Kid?

By beadmom Latest Reply 2009-09-01 13:20:04 -0500
Started 2009-08-31 14:55:25 -0500

The other day I went shopping to buy some stuff to make friendly desserts. I learned a few things.
Some of the food out there for diabetics and or “diet” are a scam. For instance, Splenda Brown Sugar is a mix of Splenda and brown sugar. You would think that you could use more of it in something because it is a blend correct?

Carbs in Splenda brown sugar blend=2 carbs per ½ tsp.

Carbs in regular store brand brown sugar?=4 carbs per tsp.

Hey…. That’s the SAME! Why would I need the Splenda version? Next, whipped topping. Now from a sugar view this is silly. I do realize the fat content is lower.

Non Dairy Whip Topping regular -2tbs=2 carbs

Non Dairy Whip Topping lite=2tbs=3 carbs (???)

All in all you have to be diligent at actually reading the labels because some of the artificial and or “diet” items are not only not good for you but also completely unhelpful from a diabetic standpoint.


6 replies

kdroberts 2009-09-01 13:20:04 -0500 Report

Anything labeled reduced X or X free (unless it's naturally free of that item) will have something added to compensate for the reduced element. Almost always a reduced fat food will replace the fat with carb.

Certain terms do have actual meaning like reduced fat/sugar but a lot don't, like net carb and no sugar added. You also have to match up the ingredients with the nutrition since manufacturers are allowed to round down. 0g does NOT mean that the product contains 0g of that item.

hbkunkel 2009-08-31 19:29:36 -0500 Report

Just goes to show that you absolutely have to read labels so you get good choices and not be misled. Keep up the good detective work.

Harlen 2009-08-31 18:55:40 -0500 Report

Yep isnt it funny what they will do for a buck
Your life dont mean a thing to them just your cash

Sarguillo 2009-08-31 17:55:52 -0500 Report

Those of us in the know, dont recognize hardly any item that states Sugar free or no Sugar added.
We still look at the labels.
Just chalk it up to a lessen learned.
And it was a cheap lesson to learn.
You found it out before bying the stuff.

Good job young padwan. The force is strong in you.

beadmom 2009-08-31 18:21:31 -0500 Report

I got on to the "No sugar added" really quickly..
That's usually in fruity stuff that is chock full of sweetness to begin with.

The force IS strong in me!!!


Sarguillo 2009-08-31 18:29:36 -0500 Report

Also, dont forget NSA, no sugar added, it just means that they didnt add any processed sugar. Doesnt mean it doesnt have sugar. its funny to look at the labels and find more sugar then items that processed sugar are added too. Also, sugar acohols are still a form of sugar, but since its not processed sugar, they can say no sugar added.

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