Diabetic foods in grocery stores

By Grannymomma Latest Reply 2014-03-02 06:51:06 -0600
Started 2009-10-25 10:17:15 -0500

I would like to know why there aren't more diabetic friendly foods in the local grocery stores. You can find low sodium foods and ethnic foods in just about every grocery store, but only a few items are available for diabetics. And those that are have a ton of sugar alcohols (laxitive ingredents) in them. What's up with that? Why doesn't the food industry recognize the growing need for acceptable foods for diabetics. Why can't more foods be produced at a reasonable cost without all the sugar alcohols? And why can restaurants serve desserts that are sugar free and without sugar alcholos? It seems like the food industry is losing touch with reality as far as diabetics are concerned.

25 replies

Scythian 2009-11-04 15:05:50 -0600 Report

Hello Every One, I am type 2 diabetic and have been able to control my glucose level through watching what I eat and exercise. I think every one is pointing toward moderation and understanding the difference between "good" & "bad" carbs. I have maintained focusing on fish, chicken, fruits and veggies. Love oatmeal in the mornings with two boiled eggs keeping ratio of two proteins for one carb. Love ice cream, Breyers vanilla bean and every once a piece of pecan pie. Finally, I pretty much ignore the sugar free duabetic sections in stores since I have been blessed by a very mericful Creator in controlling my glucose levels without medication thus far and special foods. My latest AC1 screening just taken last week was 6. I am 61 years young, 6'2" and weigh 205. Having just been blessed to loose 35 pds over a 3.5 month period. I train 3-4 times a week, through grace and mercy of our Creator, using a combination of free weights, machines and rowing. We are all fighting for our lives and I am thankful for all of your comments. Scythian

raewade1 2014-03-02 06:51:06 -0600 Report

hello what the lady asked is why there are not more diabetic foods without tons of sugar alcohols ..I would like to know that also ..

JanKiml 2009-11-04 11:28:47 -0600 Report

What I can't wrap my mind around is the ridiculous prices for anything "sugar free" or reduced sugar. Glucerna is the worst example, do they really believe I would pay TWICE the price for their small box of cereal? And their "shakes" are delicious but they are too small and they are TWICE what you would pay for Slim Fast Optima or Ultra. Do they not have the business sense to understand that we diabetics would love to buy their foods if they were reasonable and they sould surely sell more except for the cost.

carols5742 2009-10-31 02:24:00 -0500 Report

its because with portion control most foods are suitable for diabeticss..You don't need special foods you have to watch your carb intake..fruits are great but they can also be high in carbs, thats why you are only supposed to eat a small apple compared to some very large apples I see in the grocery store

cussinwolf 2009-10-29 21:31:08 -0500 Report

Forget the "diabetic " foods. Thet are over priced and if you look at the nutritional information iton the package it really is not any better than the "normal" stuff. Case in point…I like afternoon tea with a couple of cookies. I bought some "diabetic" cookies. The carb levels were barely less than my "normal" cookies and the serving size on the "diabetic" cookies was miniscule. I was better off eating a half serving of my favorite "regular "cookie. Did you know that the sugar alcohols are already figured into the carb amounts? They can have a laxative effect if you consume too much.

Nana Jones
Nana Jones 2009-10-27 23:10:24 -0500 Report

I agree there should be more diabetic food in the grocery stores but remember the best foods are fruits & vegetables.

kdroberts 2009-10-28 08:02:57 -0500 Report

I would argue that the best foods are not fruit and vegetables. fruit is generally pretty bad for blood sugar and a lot of vegetables are essentially sugar. You have to pick and choose your fruit and veg carefully. My pick for the safest foods for diabetics are meat and fish, although you still have to be careful with your choices there for both nutritional and environmental reasons.

cussinwolf 2009-10-29 21:36:40 -0500 Report

Part of a healthy diabetic diet includes servings of fruits and vegetables. Just know your serving sizes and be aware how different things affect your bg. I can eat a small sweet potatoe and have a minimal rise. I eat a regular potatoe and my bg is through the roof.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-10-27 22:43:51 -0500 Report

This is more a question. Is there a book that list carb counts and glycemic index counts. I looked at a few but couldn't tell what I was into. I need something simple and straightforward.

jrfteach 2009-11-04 12:46:25 -0600 Report

One of the best books for counting carbs, fat, and calories when eating out or buying groceries is Calorie King, Calorie, fat and carbo counting. You can find it at Wal-mart. I love this book. I eat out often and this helps me so much. Also you can get info online at:
www.calorieking.com. Good luck!

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-10-27 22:39:48 -0500 Report

One more why. Why do the foods they do have need to be so sweet? I have tried several and they were sweeter than the "regular" foods.

Food Alergist in trainning
Food Alergist in trainning 2009-10-25 19:56:03 -0500 Report

Look for foods that have much slower burning carbs, so that your body is not surgar Heres a concept someone explained to me If the food you eat has alot of chemicals to make it take sweet its garbage because you liver has to break it down and it takes for ever mean while that bowl of cereal you ate which has not manny carbos has sits waiting to process oops you have just raised your BG and all you ate was a surgar free candy bar My neice is a nurse

Hinboyz3 2009-10-25 14:37:13 -0500 Report

I was just wondering the same thing when it comes to the grocery stores, same things in Michigan. And why isn't the places where we dine in any better? And offer more for us!! Heck we like good food's too.

kdroberts 2009-10-25 14:02:40 -0500 Report

There is a huge amount of diabetic friendly food in super markets. Vegetables, meats, cheeses, and many, many other things. If something says it's specifically for diabetics chances are that it's a) not very good for most diabetics and b) overpriced because they are trying to cash in on diabetes.

ptsparkle 2009-10-25 13:28:16 -0500 Report

Have asked myself the same thing. It's like these new fangled cars that are all eco-friendly and fuel efficient. Who can afford them? Same with food, if you leave out sugar and a bunch of preservatives, shouldn't it cost less?? As the rest have said, moderation, and what works best for you. Good luck and keep smiling.

hbkunkel 2009-10-25 12:55:36 -0500 Report

I had that same attitue for a long time but now my mind set has changed. I am glad when people invite me to eat things that I know I shouldn't because then they see me as a person and not a diabetic. With research and looking at the great recipes on this site you grow to realize that many of the foods you like you can eat in moderation. Look for ways to reduce the sugar in recipes and see how easy it is to replace oils with partial unsweetened applesauce. I agree fully that many of the diabetic foods do have the laxative reaction. Find things that agree with you, like sugar free pudding, or sugar free jello. It is a fun challenge to find out what I like and what I don't and still doesn't affect my bs too much. Good luck.

Harlen 2009-10-25 18:46:47 -0500 Report

I like to know whats in it and if its not freesh veg It seams to me that all processed food will have a lot of suger or a lot of fat its just better for me to make what I like lol

Harlen 2009-10-25 11:54:21 -0500 Report

From what I see carbs are carbs if it has carbs its got carbs lol
But with fiber a lot of fiber helps with the carbs
Diett food and diabetec food may not be the same lol the carbs lol we need to know what the carbs are not so much the calories unlese your keeping trak of your calorie in take
I work on just the carbs to keep My BS in line hope this helps I am a bit scaterd today lol Have fun H

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