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I haven't had apples or apple since I don't when. I saw Honeycrisp at the grocery store. :Cry: my fav apple.
so can I really have apples or not?

doc says yes but I don't believe what she says anyway. If I ate the food she tells me too my # would be 500.

I want some Apple Crisp :Cry::Cry:
 

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My favorite apple is the Fuji and I have one just about every night. However I do have to cover the carbs in the apple with insulin. I weigh the apple on my Salter scale to find the carbs and bolus accordingly. Could you possibly have half an apple to start with and then test 2 hours after eating to find out what it does to your blood sugar? That is the only way I know to find out if having an apple is possible.

Maybe some of our good cooks can come up with a apple crisp recipe that is moderately low carb and when they do I want some too :)
 

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I can handle a small amount of apple and once or twice a year I will make apple crisp and eat it with lots of whipped heavy cream. My bgs seem to be OK with a small serving. The one problem with too much fruit is the fructose. The spike may not appear on your meter but fructose is processed in the liver and may make you more insulin resistant if you eat too much of it. I wouldn't think an apple here or there would hurt though.
 

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I've found that the only apple I can safely eat is the granny smith - more tart, less sweet ...

Even with that, I eat them MAYBE once, twice a week TOPS, and I have only 1/2 of the apple at a time, and ALWAYS with some accompanying fat/protein. IE: 1/2 apple and peanut butter, or 1/2 apple with my breakfast omelet, etc.
 

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I've found that the only apple I can safely eat is the granny smith - more tart, less sweet ...

Even with that, I eat them MAYBE once, twice a week TOPS, and I have only 1/2 of the apple at a time, and ALWAYS with some accompanying fat/protein. IE: 1/2 apple and peanut butter, or 1/2 apple with my breakfast omelet, etc.
I try to buy the small "lunchbox: size Fuji's at my produce market, That way I can eat a whole one with some reduced sugar PB and avoid any spikes. I'll often have that as a snack before bedtime and still wake up with FBG's in the 80's or low 90's.

The only way to know for sure is to trust your meter. Have 1/2 an apple and test 1 hour and 2 hours after. Let your meter be your guide. I have found that many Doc's are seriously lacking in Diabetes education themselves. The last two I've had are terrific.
 

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lol guess apple crisp is out.
I made apple crisp last Thanksgiving and had more than my share. My bgs were pretty good with it. I made it with splenda and cinnamon and some almond flour. For the topping I used chopped pecans, walnuts, butter, cinnamon and just a touch of oatmeal. When I ate it I whipped up some whipping cream and topped it off.
 
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One thing to remember about apples, and why they spike people (especially Type II's) is that they're FRUIT.

I know, I know, fruit is healthy... BUT fruit sugar is FRUCTOSE, and fructose doesn't stimulate insulin secretion. (Glucose does, but not fructose.)

So if you're a Type II that still produces insulin, eating fruit alone will cause a spike in your sugar (once the fructose is metabolized into glucose) but without any accompanying insulin secretion to help move it out of your bloodstream to where it can be used.

As such, fruits could theoretically spike us more than white bread... It depends on the person. (Which is why I eat mine with peanut butter to slow digestion.) Of note, Peanut Butter prices will be rising (bad year for peanuts or something)... buy it if it's still cheap, stock up if you like it... :)

As Craig said, only by testing can you know for sure how it affects you.
 

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I made apple crisp last Thanksgiving and had more than my share. My bgs were pretty good with it. I made it with splenda and cinnamon and some almond flour. For the topping I used chopped pecans, walnuts, butter, cinnamon and just a touch of oatmeal. When I ate it I whipped up some whipping cream and topped it off.
I think thats what I will do. one apple lol 1c nut flour, sweetner, etc. and see how it goes. :)
 

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when a recipe calls for 3cups of allpurpose flour can you just sub 3cups almond or coconut flour instead.??
 

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you could mix some apple with chayote ...it takes on an apple taste when cooked with it...

I have actually cooked chayote with splenda and cinnanmon and it almost tastes like apple...I figure if you combine the two the flavour would be better tasting and less carbs :)
 

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One thing to remember about apples, and why they spike people (especially Type II's) is that they're FRUIT.

I know, I know, fruit is healthy... BUT fruit sugar is FRUCTOSE, and fructose doesn't stimulate insulin secretion. (Glucose does, but not fructose.)

So if you're a Type II that still produces insulin, eating fruit alone will cause a spike in your sugar (once the fructose is metabolized into glucose) but without any accompanying insulin secretion to help move it out of your bloodstream to where it can be used.

As such, fruits could theoretically spike us more than white bread... It depends on the person. (Which is why I eat mine with peanut butter to slow digestion.) Of note, Peanut Butter prices will be rising (bad year for peanuts or something)... buy it if it's still cheap, stock up if you like it... :)

As Craig said, only by testing can you know for sure how it affects you.

Beefy - Type 2 diabetics are not the only ones who may get a blood sugar spike from apples. They also send my blood sugar over the moon too......unless I eat peanut butter with them. Better yet, if I eat almond butter they rise maybe half way to the moon.

Thanks for the heads up on peanut butter. Our grocery just put their organic peanut butter on sale and I think it is probably so they can get rid of their old stock in order to make way for the higher price stuff.
 

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First of all I like fruit, and I like apples. Having said that, I only eat apples for breakfast. No more than four oz though, which is about 15 grams of carbs. I saute the slices in butter, with a dressing of 2/3 cinnimon, and 1/3 nutmeg, until just soft, and it doesn't seems to hurt my #'s.

Earle:)
 

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Beefy - Type 2 diabetics are not the only ones who may get a blood sugar spike from apples. They also send my blood sugar over the moon too......
I'm well aware ... I was just saying for those Type II's that still produce insulin, we may well get a higher spike from fruit than from many higher carb / higher glycemic items, simply because fruit doesn't stimulate insulin secretion.
 

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Sorry.....no offense intended. I'm not the brightest bulb in the lamp.
 

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Sorry.....no offense intended. I'm not the brightest bulb in the lamp.
No offense taken. I don't always make things clear, so it's all good...
 

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you could mix some apple with chayote ...it takes on an apple taste when cooked with it...

I have actually cooked chayote with splenda and cinnanmon and it almost tastes like apple...I figure if you combine the two the flavour would be better tasting and less carbs :)
actually this is one of the recipes I saw. I have never had one. Looks like I learned something new.:)
 

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actually this is one of the recipes I saw. I have never had one. Looks like I learned something new.:)
I have tried it and if you add sweetener and cinnamon it's not too bad at all...apparently they are very easy to grow
 

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I feel fortunate, apples are a fruit I can eat that doesn't give me a huge spike. I love them and try and have 1 a day. They are often my go to snack.
 

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I would suggest starting with 1/2 an apple and eating with the peeling on because that extra fiber will slow down the absorption. I would also suggest eating it with a protein for the same reason: such as a little peanut butter or cottage cheese.
 
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