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October 22, 2014
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"Sugar Free" Does Not Always Mean Carb Free!


The other night my wife, kids, and I went over to my sister's house for dinner.


Upon arriving we realized we had forgotten a crucial ingredient for the dish my wife was bringing. (Cheese-if you are wondering!)


My wife and I took a quick trip to local grocery store to pick up the cheese and possible get something for dessert. This was not the original plan but it seemed like a good idea to me!


We went into the store and quickly found the cheese she needed.


"Alright, let's go," my wife said assuming we were done!


"Um, I was thinking we should get dessert." I said it with that smile she cannot resist or at least, she makes me think so.


"Alright, what do you want?"


And this is when I freeze up. I have no clue what to get.


"Maybe just some cookies. That sounds good."


I walk down the cookie aisle and I see the familiar Sugar Free Oreos that are the same carbohydrate count per cookie as the regular ones.


"Lame, I don't want cookies. How about ice cream. Or strawberry short cake?" I kick into full speed and head over to the freezer aisle.


I spot those familiar 2 words that always catch a PWD's eyes. SUGAR FREE! But this time it's on a container of Cool Whip.


"Whoa! Check out the sugar free Cool Whip. Let's see what the carb count is on this!"


I grab the container and see that it's 2 tablespoons per serving and only 3 carbs.


"Alright, 3 carbs per serving. That's not bad. I wonder what the Lite version is?" I grabbed the Lite one and checked. It also had a carb count of 3.


"Hmm, well I wonder what the regular original recipe Cool Whip goodness is?"


I grabbed the container figuring I would see a 4 or 5 in the carb spot.


It was 2. Same serving size of 2 tablespoons but less carbs.


So the moral to the story is, read those labels and do not assume that just because it Sugar Free that it is carb free.

 

I ended up skipping the whole dessert thing in the end anyway!


Now there was a time when I would have eaten the whole container full of "sugar free" whipped cream and assumed it would not effect me. THAT IS NOT THE CASE! Carbs matter!


Always, read those nutrition labels, not just the label on the front!



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Megan Holmes
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