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A Label Lesson
A coworker asked me if I knew of a cake mix that was sugar free. She was asked to bake a cake for a friend who has diabetes.
That began the carbohydrate lesson.
"The thing is, although something may say 'Sugar Free' or 'Reduced Sugar' it may still have carbs in it which is what effects blood sugar. Sugar is included in that number." I did my best to not get too technical.
"Well I bought this one to try but I thought I would check with you to see if you knew of a better one," she said.
We decided to look online at the one she purchased to see if they had the nutrition facts listed which they did. The carb count per serving was 35 grams.
"So after I check my blood sugar, I would put in 35 into my insulin pump and it would give me the amount of insulin I would need to cover that slice of cake."
I could hear the gears turning in her head. It was making sense. She understood that sugar is not the focus for us, it's carbohydrates.
For fun we looked up the Nutrition facts on the regular "sugar filled" version of the same flavor cake from the same company.
The carb count per same size serving was 35 grams.
We were both shocked.
She said, "Well I found a recipe on that site I always see you on that I might try too."
"Which site?" I asked.
I am so busted.
Michelle Kowalski, a writer, editor and photography hobbiest living in Phoenix, was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in February 2005. In January 2008, as part of her quest to start on an insulin pump, Michelle learned that she actually has type 1 diabetes. (Read More)
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