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5/19/12 11:07 P

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I want to use up a lot of stuff in my freezer too.

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5/19/12 1:25 A

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Good for you Rock & Roll, getting the fruits and veggies. I'm cleaning out my freezer, one meal at a time. I've got a lot of meat, veggies, fruits and things in there and want to eat up what's here before I go shopping and buy any more. It's going to take awhile since I'm the only one here....

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5/18/12 10:45 P

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I agree with what everyone had to say. No HFCS for me either. Figs are full of natural sugar let alone any added sugar. I would not eat Fig Newtons. I only eat dark chocolate and look for the highest cacao I can get, which is 85%, and sugar free as I can't have sugar. My fridges are full of healthy fruits and veggies too.

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5/18/12 9:21 P

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wow you guys are SMART here i am in the wrong group ha ha. Thanks for the tips i will

stay clean of newtons.Oh my fridge is small and busting. I am buying about 0 for my cabinet

as i must chose it or fridge so i chose fridge. I got all types of salad items on my top shelf

and fruit in drawer and salad bowls made of both so fridge is to full for junk.

I can afford the fruits and vegetables by giving up sweets i have and also lots of meat.

hope to lose few more pounds and keep it all off with this method.

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5/17/12 9:31 P

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I steer clear of HFCS. I do think our body processes HFCS much differently and I believe it's quite concentrated and that's why they use it.

I do eat occasional dark chocolate and sometimes it will be one individual piece of Dove dark chocolate, but I usually get some dark chocolate at Trader Joe's which is 70+% cacao. I don't touch Fig Newtons... all carbs in my book.

To keep safe treats in your house, why not fresh fruit? I freeze grapes and then pop a couple in my mouth (frozen) one at a time - if the grapes are good, it satisfies the sweet tooth... Berries with a little whipped cream, pressurized or not is very nice also.

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5/17/12 12:55 P

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Another difference is that along with the fructose in fruit, you also get the fiber which makes you feel fuller.

As for fig newtons, they are almost all carbs. The little bit of fig filling doesn't make them healthy.

When you read a nutrition label, the ingredients are listed in descending order. This means that there's more of the 1st ingredient than the 2nd, and so on.

Here's the ingredient list for fig newtons. Since flour is the 1st ingredient, figs is the 2nd ingredient, sugar is the 3rd, and high fructose corn syrup is the 4th, you can assume that this item is primarily carbs & has a lot of sugar. Another ingredient to avoid is any "hydrogenated" oil.

Ingredients: UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), FIGS, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WHEY (FROM MILK), SOYBEAN OIL, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, BAKING SODA, CALCIUM LACTATE, SOY LECITHIN, MALIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE AND SULFUR DIOXIDE (SULFITES) ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CORNSTARCH. CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK, SOY.

The 2-piece single serving package shows this as the nutritional breakdown.

Calories - 200
Fat - 4 g
Total carbohydrates - 40 g
Dietary fiber - 2 g
Sugars - 23 g
Protein - 2 g

If you have a different package, or only eat 1, the numbers will be different, but they are still mostly carbs.

You can also get an idea of how many calories in an item are from carbs, fat & protein by using a little math. Carbs & protein = 4 calories per gram. Fat = 9 calories per gram.

So, for these fig newtons, the total calories is 200.
Carbs = 40 grams x 4 calories = 160 calories of carbs;
Fat = 4 grams x 9 calories = 36 calories of fat;
Protein = 2 grams x 4 calories = 8 calories of protein.

Any way you look at it, Fig Newtons are almost all carbs, and not healthy carbs.

Definitely read the labels on the foods you buy if you need to avoid nuts. Under or near the nutrition label it will usually state if the item was made at a plant that handles nuts.

Sorry if this post sounds confusing - but I like math -
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5/17/12 10:16 A

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Fructose bound up in fruit is one thing. HFCS is entirely something else. No matter what the corn people say, all the natural health experts I respect say steer clear of it. I suggest you check out www.mercola.com. You may have to subscribe for some of the content, but it's free. As for chocolate, I don't know about the places it's processed--you'd have to check labels. But you want as high a cacao percentage as possible. At least 70%, preferably more.

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5/17/12 10:13 A

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Table sugar (sucrose) is about 1/2 glucose and 1/2 fructose. Those two halves are processed by the body quite differently. The glucose is taken up straight into the blood stream and the fructose needs to take a trip through the liver. Too much glucose will raise your blood sugar very fast. Too much fructose will stress your liver and contributes to metabolic syndrome.

Short answer is too much sugar is not good for you. Eat it in moderation and I would suggest eating as many foods as close to their natural state as possible. Ie, consider processed foods as less than optimal.

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5/17/12 9:46 A

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lady told me yesterday our body does not know difference in sugar.

Low gi and most i read says it does. Items made with fructose is more natural as that is

what is the sugar in fruits.

So, what do you all think of our body knowing difference?

Also what chocolate do you ever nibble on.

daughter had said Dove dark is ok

we must chose one with no tree nuts of any type or peanuts or coconut or honey

and not made on shared machinery.

No one who tends to grandbaby which i do every day eats any form of nuts or such

she is to highly allergic .

I like to keep a safe treat in the house for me

i see i can eat two

fig Newton yummy
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