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lathep
Total Posts: 115
Registered on: ‎01-11-2011

Diabetic food products

Do you eat products marketed for "diabetics"?

 

Why or why not?

 

I'm curious what you enjoy or loath about them.

Lathe Poland
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"Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat"
Type 2 - Diagnosed : Oct of 2010 (A1C 8.3).
Stopped medication: Oct 2011
Latest A1C - 5.4 : Mar 2013
Managed with diet.

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xenablue
Total Posts: 1,775
Registered on: ‎11-02-2009

Re: Diabetic food products

No because -

They are usually grossly overpriced - just having the 'diabetic' label will jack the price up.

They are usually high in carbs, just not in sugar.

They are usually processed foods containing many chemicals.

 

No, I'm not a health food nut, but I'd prefer to eat 'real food'.  I look at non-diabetic food labels and those with few carbs and fewer chemicals are the ones I prefer.

 

Cheers,

xena




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lathep
Total Posts: 115
Registered on: ‎01-11-2011

Re: Diabetic food products

Hi,

 

That's where I'm at...

 

Isn't it just another version of what got many of us into this boat? In other words, many of us could have avoided diabetes had we not eaten the way we did. Which in my opinion isn't as much our fault as it is our food culture. A diabetic "version" of the Standard American Diet is still a version of the diet that is responsible for one of histories biggest health disasters.

 

I definatly subscribe to the Eat Real Food ethos...

Lathe Poland
Director/Producer
"Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat"
Type 2 - Diagnosed : Oct of 2010 (A1C 8.3).
Stopped medication: Oct 2011
Latest A1C - 5.4 : Mar 2013
Managed with diet.

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stxsheila
Total Posts: 143
Registered on: ‎08-09-2010

Re: Diabetic food products

Bryers Carb Smart ice cream

Healthy Balance juice - it's the only juice endorsed by the JDRF

Dreamfield's Pastas

Adkins shakes and bars - Yes, they are pricey but, I find themto be the best option when I'm on the go.

 

Sugar free jelly is the only sugar free product I use. Most others are higher in carbs than the real thing.

Sheila
Diagnosed 9/09 BG 245 A1C of 11.1
Jan '14 A1C 5.9
500md Metformin ER, Glipizide XL 2.5mg
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realtxjack
Total Posts: 1,415
Registered on: ‎11-08-2009

Re: Diabetic food products


xenablue wrote:

No because -

They are usually grossly overpriced - just having the 'diabetic' label will jack the price up.

They are usually high in carbs, just not in sugar.

They are usually processed foods containing many chemicals.

 

No, I'm not a health food nut, but I'd prefer to eat 'real food'.  I look at non-diabetic food labels and those with few carbs and fewer chemicals are the ones I prefer.

 

Cheers,

xena


I have to agree with xena.  I do use Dreamfields pasta from time to time, but the rest is a waste of your money.   I think most all of us try "diabetic" frankenfoods at some point.  Following your meter leads you away from it pretty quickly.

Type 2 - complicated by surgery for pancreatic cancer
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1lainey
Total Posts: 207
Registered on: ‎01-01-2013

Re: Diabetic food products

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I think it was the "low fat" craze 20 years ago that got us started on the "obestity" track--people thought because of the label that it was "safe" and they could eat more of it.  When they take out fat or sugar they add chemicals to replace them.

 

This is true, in my opinion, of all "diet" products, regardless of who they target.  My exception here might be "gluten free", but I see that as more informational labeling, like "contains, wheat, soy, dairy or nuts".

 

Almost all of these products are over processed to start with.  And over priced.

 

I don't buy things because they are labeled with a particular nutritional "status".  I'm not organic, I'm not a "health nut", but I try to make most meals from as many single, whole ingredients that are as close to their original source as possible.  This does mean sugar, fats such as butter and oils such as olive are part of recipes. Portion control then becomes the key--which is true in any diet.

March 2014 A1C 6.0%
December 2013 A1C 6.2%
June 2013 A1C 6.0%
December 2012 FBG 142, A1C 5.3%
June 2012 FBG: 154, A1C 5.9%

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lathep
Total Posts: 115
Registered on: ‎01-11-2011

Re: Diabetic food products

Yup...I agree.

 

It's funny people will sometimes argue that our parents ate like this and they were just fine. But the truth is it has only been the last 30 or so years that the USDA mandated the diet we currently eat...AND most of the "ingredients" in modern food products didn't exist 30 years ago.

 

In my opinion...the normal diet that most americans eat isn't normal...

Lathe Poland
Director/Producer
"Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat"
Type 2 - Diagnosed : Oct of 2010 (A1C 8.3).
Stopped medication: Oct 2011
Latest A1C - 5.4 : Mar 2013
Managed with diet.

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maryd98
Total Posts: 4,475
Registered on: ‎08-07-2012

Re: Diabetic food products


xenablue wrote:

No because -

They are usually grossly overpriced - just having the 'diabetic' label will jack the price up.

They are usually high in carbs, just not in sugar.

They are usually processed foods containing many chemicals.

 

No, I'm not a health food nut, but I'd prefer to eat 'real food'.  I look at non-diabetic food labels and those with few carbs and fewer chemicals are the ones I prefer.

 

Cheers,

xena


My thoughts exactly--thanks for putting it so clearly and concisely, xena.

Till next time,
maryd98
the diabetic formerly known as 14 and counting, aka Mary
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First A1C (July 1998): 13.6
First BG (July 1998): 537
Latest A1C (February 2014): 5.2
On oral meds for about 9 months after diagnosis
"Just" diet and exercise for 15+ years
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dturney
Total Posts: 1,056
Registered on: ‎04-21-2011

Re: Diabetic food products

No! Just a wast of money. Good balanced diet and move on down the road. Diabetes is just a bump in that road for me..:smileyhappy:

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INSULIN ON DAY ONE AND EVERY DAY AFTER
44 YEAR DIABETIC SURVIVOR
WELL BALANCED DIET
Daughter Diagnosed Type 1 at age 4
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I am not young enough to know everything.

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George_M
Total Posts: 2,158
Registered on: ‎11-16-2012

Re: Diabetic food products

I have tried a few things marketed to diabetics - haven't seen any particular benefits.  Right now, I am trying the Extend bar, which supposedly contains uncooked cornstarch as a major part of its 20 grams of carbs.  I have tried a half bar (twice) without spiking, next will be to try a whole bar.

 

I would agree with others that all of the other products marketed for diabetics that I have tried so far are special only in the price. 

George

Diagnosed T2 9/12/12, A1C 10.1
Metformin 500 mg. 1 x daily since 9/17/2012
A1C 12/13/2012 5.6
A1C 3/15/2013 5.4
A1C 11/29/2013 5.5
Weight at diagnosis 9/12/2012 288
Weight 10/01/2013 187