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.
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