Conference Goody Bag

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2010-08-21 12:41:19 -0500
Started 2010-08-16 22:39:01 -0500

I just returned from a 3 day conference that was fantastic. I had the opportunity to meet and speak with Dr. Ron Paul (Texas Congressman) and Sheriff Mack (took on the Brady bill and won) So what does this have to do with diabetes?

Well, as you know, most conferences have a goody bag that you get when you register and this year there was a bag of Joseph's Sugar-Free Cookies inside. Not just a sample pack, but a huge 11 oz bag! The crowd went nuts for them, me…well not so much. But I decided to look into the ingredients and give this all natural, sugar free chocolate chip cookie a try.

I have to say that the ingredient list is very short which is always a good thing in my book. No preservatives listed, but it does have what they called a "Proprietary Blend of Maltitol" in it. I started to wonder if the people in the conference were suffering the typical side effects of sugar alcohols that we diabetics are aware of but they might not be, from eating a couple of hand fulls of these seemingly innocent cookies? Ooops!

Another thing that I found disturbing on the package was that they were developed by a diabetic (life long type 1) but the carb recommendation on the packaging was still 300 grams per day! OMG, that is a lot, even for a non diabetic. I would think that they would provide something that a diabetic could relate to? No wonder so many of us are confused. I guess you can tell I don't purchase "diabetic foods" for a reason.

I was wondering if those of you who use "diabetic friendly" foods have ever spent some serious time looking at these kinds of things on the package. I don't buy those kinds of foods, but I will be looking a little more closely at them.

14 replies

Antique-Dave 2010-08-21 12:41:19 -0500 Report

I avoid labeled foods that say daibetic anything, and generally sugar free too. I just look at the carb count and the fiber and make decisions from there. I have tried many of the sugar free products and been disppointed in the quality and taste, there are a few exceptions, such as the sugar free maple syrup, popcicles, and the breyer ice cream bars but for the most part a little less of the real thing is better in my opinion than more of the fake stuff.

Kaiyle 2010-08-17 13:04:23 -0500 Report

I'm finding that just eating the regular foods but in moderation, staying within my allotted carb intake, is far more better and healthier than eating diabetic foods. For example, having a 1/2 cup of regular vanilla icecream had a whole lot less stuff in it than a 1/2 cup of sugar free vanilla icecream.

monkeymama 2010-08-17 10:53:52 -0500 Report

-I don't buy into the diabetic foods that are out there. They are too expensive
and I find no value in them. I would rather buy "real food' and what everything that I am buying. The only thing I buy differently for myself is the Luna Bars. I must be doing something right. My last 3 month lab check was AWESOME. My Endo asked me what I was doing to have labs THIS GOOD and I told him. I am doing it all without having to buy the expensive stuff and my family is even eating better without this. In fact, the one ingredient we do avoid is MSG. Thank you for the tips here though. I now know to look better if I am considering the SF stuff that is out there.

kdroberts 2010-08-17 08:46:12 -0500 Report

I've seen those cookies before, I passed. The 300g carb is an FDA labeling requirement based on 50% of daily calories coming from carb so the manufacturer doesn't really have much of a choice putting that one even if they think it's wrong. Looks like they were basing it off a 2400 calorie a day diet.

The best diabetic friendly foods are rarely labeled as diabetic friendly because it won't help them sell. For instance, if you saw a packet of chicken breasts in a store labeled diabetic friendly, would that make more people buy them? No. But you label cookies that people associate as bad for diabetics the same way, you will shift a lot of those cookies!

GabbyPA 2010-08-17 20:12:56 -0500 Report

Actually the 300 g of carbs was based on the 2000 calorie diet, and 350 for a 2500 cal diet. It is just a shame that they don't also include a more reasonable one for diabetics. How much more misleading could that be??

My hubby had a few too many of them yesterday and he is suffering tummy trouble today. These things should come with a WARNING on them, not a stamp of approval.

Thomas508 2010-08-17 08:00:19 -0500 Report

Blows my mind sometimes the amount of carbs they say are "diabetic friendly"!

judylynn4168 2010-08-17 11:44:29 -0500 Report

ya cant believe everthing .also everybodys bodys react diffrent too.once in a while i drink regual soda and my sugars are fine .whys that ? i still dont get it. JUDY

judylynn4168 2010-08-17 11:47:08 -0500 Report

ow and by the way doc,s say dont give sugar free stuff to your kids .then their body dont know how to us their sinsilin so it is bad for the kids .i give my likds lots of fresh friut and try to give them their vegies.we dont eat red meat any more.JUDY

kdroberts 2010-08-17 12:05:08 -0500 Report

If you don't eat red meat you may want to have your families iron levels checked. It may be you are all OK if you get enough from other sources but it's not uncommon for people who don't eat red meat to have low iron levels, sometimes to the point of anemia.

judylynn4168 2010-08-17 20:15:17 -0500 Report

ow okay but only once in a while we do i try to keep away more from it i,m the diebetic not them .thank you JUDY

bettymachete 2010-08-18 08:23:44 -0500 Report

Can I ask you why you are abstaining from red meats? Red meats is a great way to get protein and iron. You can choose a lean cut of red meat and be fine. You want to stay away from processed meats like packaged hot dogs and luncheon meats.

bettymachete 2010-08-17 06:45:48 -0500 Report

Like you I don't like buying the "diabetic" packaged foods. Rarely do I even look at the diabetic/ food sensitivity section of my local grocery stores. To me it's a lot of profiteering junk that companies couldn't sell so the slap diabetic safe sticker on the package, rarely do I find anything that I would eat, the carbs are normally way too high along with the sugar content. Have you noticed the diabetic friendly selection is getting bigger and bigger in the stores? I have.

judylynn4168 2010-08-17 11:50:38 -0500 Report

ya your right all they wont is money. they are not realy paying attention what they are selling.are they with us or what the beep?

GabbyPA 2010-08-17 20:09:33 -0500 Report

You are so right there. They are cashing in on the epidemic. Don't get me started on the behind the scenes stuff I believe is going on with that.

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