sugar free section

By thehappylicker Latest Reply 2008-09-23 05:23:04 -0500
Started 2008-09-22 11:18:59 -0500

With the numbers of diabetics on the rise you would think it only feasable to have an all sugar free isle in the supermarkets, there is no such place in my would, you have to have a keen eye and hunt them out thoughout the store,
When you are successful the prices are two to three times the price of the products with sugar ,do you find this happenning in your area and if so are'nt you just a little bit pissed off i am,,,,,,Mike

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Pauline B
Pauline B 2008-09-22 12:38:05 -0500 Report

I am amused what grocery stores sell these days, and when I have time, like to browse the aisles of the upscale places like Whole Foods and PPC (a Seattle Cooperative market open to all), then return to my everyday shopping at Fred Meyers and Costco. WF goal is also to make a profit, and they sell similar things as Freddies, perhaps made with "better" ingredients, but still containing what I call manufactured ingredients. I prefer simple, colorful foods. Since I am not a muncher, other than of popcorn (no butter — it's messy) perhaps I don't understand.

Keeping in mind that our brains need glucose to function, and yet our pancreas is having a hard time either producing the right amount of insulin or other bodily functions aren't allowing the insulin to be be used properly to metabolize the carbohydrates, it is up to each of us to figure out which foods we can or cannot eat to achieve this balance. Simply substituting "sugar-free" is not the right answer for many, for many cannot use the sugar substitutes. I cannot eat wheat flour whether it be whole grain or highly refined, or rice, so avoid those foods made from such except if my blood sugar is really low. If someone followed me through the store and saw what I bought they would be shocked — real butter, Tillamook cheese, red meat, lots of fruits and vegetables, Greek-style yogurt, and chocolate. Yet, I have lost 25% body weight in 5 years, and A1c is 5.7. Have been Type 2 for 10 years.

GabbyPA 2008-09-22 11:30:18 -0500 Report

Hi Mike,
Don't be fooled by the "sugar free" lable on foods. Manytimes, they may decrease the refined sugar, but there can be a lot of other things in there that are just as bad for us. First of all, the artificial sweeteners that make us crave more food because it confuses our brains.

And yep, you are right about the prices on those things. They are insane! They trick you into believing that you need this item because it is sugar free, then charge you thru the nose! It is all clever marketing...don't give in to it, it is all a ploy to suck you in.

So here is how I dealt with it at home.
We purged all sugar free items from the pantry. We do not purchase anything sugar free. We also don't usually do the "lite" trick either, as that usually means more sugar. What Bunk!!
If something requires honey, I use agave
If something requires sugar, I use Stevia or Xyletol
If it has to have the sugar texture, I use raw sugar.
When ever possible, we just use things unsweetened. It takes a while, but your body adjusts to what it should be doing...eating less sugars.

Once you wean yourself from the "need" for sugar free, you will find that you are free from sugar and needing the sweet. Then you can use your hard earned money for better things.

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