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Old 12-23-2012, 03:39   #1
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I went to grab some sugar free cookies the other day and seen they had brown sugar in them! I didn't get they'd decided on mixed nuts.

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Sugar-free doesn't mean carb-free, and it's carbs of all kinds that raise our blood sugar - that cookie didn't only have brown sugar in it, it was made with wheat flour, which will sock you just as fast as the sugar. So check the labels for the grams of carbs. Things with 1g or 2g per serving may be okay, but we're really better off looking for foods with 0g of carbs, whenever possible.

We have cookie recipes around here that measure up to anything you can find in a store . . . just browse the recipes board for cookies!




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I will as I love a cookie now and then. I'm just not so good at making them.

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My sons will bring me sugar-free all-sorts-of-things, but I seldom eat them
I have packets of sugar free sweets, hot chocolate powder, biscuits, chocolates, even gum. I have no interest in it due to the carb content.

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Oh yes, companies put "sugar free" on everything and as long as it doesn't include white sugar they're right... but it could have agave nectar or honey or brown sugar. Or an artificial sweetener that spikes me anyway, like maltitol. And if it's made with white flour or rice flour or most other flours it has nearly as many carbs anyway. The Recipes section here is definitely a big help.

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What gets me is things you wouldn't expect to have sweetener in them, like peanut butter, and sugar is the second ingredient. It was on sale today, but after reading the 'sugar' part, I just left it.

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The food companies are seriously dishonest.
Here all chicken pieces and bacon you buy are by weight between 10 & 20% brine which is injected to increase profits. Meat is painted with food coloring to make it look pleasing. Some supermarkets repackage past date stuff.
Ethics in business are very rare.

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As silvertiger says, the food producers' marketing departments are staffed by people who are experts in the use of language. Anything on the label will be exactly true - as long as you read the words precisely. So, for instance, in this context "sugar free" means sucrose has not been used. It says nothing about the use of other members of that family of organic compounds.

Taking Shanny's point next, she is absolutely right. Sugars (in all forms) as such are only one member of the carbohydrate family. All of this group of compounds will kick us in the teeth if we give them the chance. The only thing different about them is when. Some, like glucose hit us in minutes, some take a bit longer and some can take three and four hours to hit us - but they all do in the end.

Sugar substitutes are a pet hobby horse of mine. I have a particular issue with them that dates back many years, long before diabetes was anything other than someone else's issue. I gave up sugar in coffee and swapped to aspartame. I started to get migraines. I swapped back to sugar. I stopped getting migraines. Just coincidence? Of course

Basically, for that reason I avoid sugar substitutes. I'm fairly sure what aspartame does to me and I don't like it. I don't know what the other sweeteners on the market do and I don't plan to use my body as the test platform to find out.

Anyway, I don't believe that we get something for nothing. If something tastes sweet. something in my body is saying "sugar" and I can't afford the luxury of wasting insulin on fake sugars. So I've learned to live without the taste.

To sum up, after two and half years of living with this monkey on my back, one thing I have learned is that when shopping - RTFL! (Read the friendly label) - and I'm getting quite good at coping with the French versions too!

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The food companies are seriously dishonest.
Here all chicken pieces and bacon you buy are by weight between 10 & 20% brine which is injected to increase profits. Meat is painted with food coloring to make it look pleasing. Some supermarkets repackage past date stuff.
Ethics in business are very rare.
Where on earth do you shop? I have never bought any meat ever with brine. Canned stuff yes, but 'fresh' meat, not ever. What colours does your meat come in? Never ever seen coloured meat either haha. Unless it is marinated in a spice which reflects on the label. As for repackaging expired items, I doubt PnP or Woolworths would ever get away with it, catering for a very specific market.

Why dont you phone the health inspectors for the expired items or raise it with the store manager or head office. How would you even know that an expired item has been repackaged?

Where I shop I see them unpacking fresh produce thats just been delivered all the time.

Ethics are almost secondary to the health issue it would cause if what you say is true. I think you either need to question it or you might have to remove your rose-tinted glasses.

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Where on earth do you shop? I have never bought any meat ever with brine. Canned stuff yes, but 'fresh' meat, not ever. What colours does your meat come in? Never ever seen coloured meat either haha. Unless it is marinated in a spice which reflects on the label. As for repackaging expired items, I doubt PnP or Woolworths would ever get away with it, catering for a very specific market.

Why dont you phone the health inspectors for the expired items or raise it with the store manager or head office. How would you even know that an expired item has been repackaged?

Where I shop I see them unpacking fresh produce thats just been delivered all the time.

Ethics are almost secondary to the health issue it would cause if what you say is true. I think you either need to question it or you might have to remove your rose-tinted glasses.
The very things Rodney mentions have been caught on undercover video with many of the large supermarket chains. I am lucky to have 2 butchers in town. Not everyone has access to local butchers anymore. The large chains have put them out of business.

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