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10/18/15 2:26 A

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Linda pretty much covered it. Peanuts are not nuts and their carb levels are higher as well. When I'm short on cash I buy sunflower seed nuts (without the shell) and we can get those raw and unsalted for 1.49 at Winco in bulk. With some nuts even very small amounts have great health benefits so even just eating a few walnuts twice a week or one brazil nut can make a difference. Peanuts are a very common allergen as well.
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10/17/15 7:58 P

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Thanks, Linda. I am not real big on peanuts anyway, but do like the roasted in shell ones. I also like peanut butter at times, but I am picky and only get certain all natural ones (will only get them with peanuts and salt and nothing else).

I understand about the tree nuts being expensive. I can't really afford to get them unless they are on sale and then it is usually only the cashews that go on sale.



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10/17/15 6:20 P

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Not trying to talk for Birgit, but peanuts are not actually a nut, they are a legume.

And have the added bonus of having a lot of mold spores on them. Not sure if that if from the way they are stored, of if they are naturally like that....

I love roasted peanuts and do buy them for snacks but have to be careful not to overdue it. Tree nuts are much more expensive here so they are reserved for special occations....

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10/16/15 9:02 P

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@ Trish1956!

That the way I was when I first learnt I was a diabetic and I thought what am I to eat,
and what is left too eat...I even cryed @ times and said why don't they just take everything,
away since I cannot eat what I need to eat but then I started doing some things on diabetic programs and they are some good food left to eat and my test are awesome and my,
family are very proud of how I do now.

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10/16/15 8:37 P

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Trish, I am like you in trying to figure out what to eat. My diabetes combines with IBS so much of vegetables I like I can't eat, as well as fruit being a problem (and too much of the fruit being a problem for both).

Birgit, what is the problem with peanuts? Does peanut butter cause problems, too, if you don't add hydrogenated oils and sugar?



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10/16/15 3:46 P

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Neither eryhtritol nor stevia are likely to affect your blood sugar the way artificial sweeteners like Splenda do.
The other good news is that you can eat lots of high-fat foods and decent amounts of protein with diabetes: So in addition to lots of leafy greens that's meat, butter, eggs, fish, avocado, nuts (other than peanuts), olive oil, coconut oil, cheese. There are really a lot of foods left.
I love my diet now better than before I had blood sugar issues. I also learned new ways of cooking.
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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/16/15 1:29 P

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I had a problem with Splenda too. I noticed after I quit using it my numbers were better. The jury is still out on the Stevia. I'm gonna give it a try for awhile in my ice tea. I'm having a difficult time trying to figure out what to eat and what not to eat. I feel like I can't eat anything now that I am a diabetic.

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Sorry!
I gave up my sugars when Splenda started raising my blood sugars.

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/8/15 10:41 P

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Thanks guys! Maybe I will look for the liquid stevia to put in my ice tea. And I'm sure I will have lots of questions as I go along. Thanks for your support!
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10/8/15 9:33 P

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The stevia is pretty expensive, but if you get the pure stevia you don't use anywhere near as much of it. I do have problems figuring how to use it in a recipe, however. The granulated I got was a little under $10 for about a cup worth, but I think it was something like 200x sweeter than sugar so didn't need anywhere near as much. I think for baking with you need to do the sugar/stevia mix like you do with Splenda. For drinking I use the liquid stevia and the bottle I have I've had a couple of years. For a really large glass of iced tea I use 8 drops of it.



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10/8/15 5:51 P

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Don't hesitate to ask follow-up questions if anything does not make sense. emoticon

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/8/15 1:29 P

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This is all alittle overwhelming. Thank you for your help. I'm so glad I found Sparkpeople and this team. 😃

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10/8/15 12:45 P

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Yes, it does not sound so bad. But it's worth trying out how much your blood sugar is raised by that one teaspoon, probably far more than it's worth it given the good alternatives that are there.
It also makes a difference if you get 4 grams of carbs from sugar or from broccoli, the latter has a ton of nutrition and fiber in it as well, sugar has none. A gram of carbs does not equal a gram of carbs at all. Neither does a calorie equal a calorie, not for diabetes nor for weight loss, we could all just eat Twinkies and Nutella all day if it's in moderation.
Empty calories and carbs like sugar and white flour are definitely the first thing that should go, along with chemically treated oils like canola and soy oil, artificial colors, flavors, artificial sweeteners. But I'm going off-topic...

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10/8/15 11:37 A

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I wasn't aware that sugar was only 4.2 grams. I guess I have a lot to learn. Thank you Birgit.
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10/8/15 12:53 A

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A teaspoon of pure sugar only contains 4.2 grams of carbs so you are not saving much there. How about making your own stevia/sugar mix and knowing what you are getting.

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ITRISH1956 Posts: 91
10/8/15 12:35 A

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Has anyone tried the stevia and sugar mix called Zing? My daughter made baked apples tonight and sprinkled alittle on top. A teaspoon only contains 4 carbs. It was pretty good.

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10/7/15 10:37 P

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I use Stevia when I can get it. Its very expensive to buy so I buy Splenda.

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I have used stevia since 2005 and the only time I have had a problem was when I got too much (It's really hard to get the right amount in those little Chinese tea cups, too). I use the liquid, but last year found some at the health food store that is pure, organic stevia. I am like you and have to have my iced tea. I also like hot tea when it is cold, but for the last year and a half I haven't liked it with stevia. That one I splurge and use honey.



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10/7/15 5:58 P

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I live in Pennsylvania and we have needed to use heat as well. I live in the mountains and we will probably have snow before too long. Last year I think we had snow mid-October.
I use alittle milk in my tea also. I've drank hot tea since I was a little girl. My Mom was always a tea drinker. I do drink a lot of water though too!

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At this time of year here in Maine we heat the house so my eyes are too dry. I use thera- tears and restasis. Heating the house we have to use humidifiers but I need to really wash them thoroughly and we will not be home for a few days so they are switched off.

I love tea.I am ENGLISH

I like Milk in TEA but the milk supposedly messes with the antioxidants.

I make a pot of tea and use 16 ounce cups. I pour 12 ounces of tea and add orange juice I/4cup or I teaspoon of lemon or lime. Some times I add half a packet of individual stevia to the lemon or the lime. Best I have come up with since I NEVER use ice, I drink nothing cold and plain water is out of the question.
It works for me so it keeps me well hydrated. NIH says we drink FLUIDS so that is what I do for my silly body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/7/15 4:28 P

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Hi Pat, I've been using the Truvia for about two weeks now and maybe it's just a coincidence but I've been having alittle trouble with my eyes feeling dry since I started using it. I cut out soda but I would like to have an iced tea once in awhile so I would like to find something without side effects. Most diet teas at the store have aspartame in them. I drank my morning tea without sweetner today. It wasn't bad I guess.
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10/7/15 3:50 P

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I like Stevia, I have been using it for a long time had problems with aspartame so I went to stevia. I have bought Truvia but I do not care for it. Perhaps I will treat myself to make a microwave small desert, probably not though. If I like it I might want it again, Pat in Maine.


Thanks for the links HOUNDLOVER Pat in Maine.

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10/7/15 3:40 P

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Never thought of growing my own but it's a great idea! I have purchased some of the Truvia. The taste isn't bad if you don't use too much. I'm concerned about whether there are any side effects or not. I will definitely check out the sites you suggested and will pick up some erythritol. Thanks for the info!
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10/7/15 3:27 P

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Stevia is a fine choice if you like it. If you want it completely unprocessed then buy a stevia plant, dry the leaves and grind them into a powder. Most garden supplies stores sell them or you can grow them from seed.

Another option is eryhritol, a sugar alcohol which has no or almost no impact on blood sugar in people. It occurs in natural foods as well so is not an artificial sweetener but works more like a fiber in our body (it's not digestible). This is why you want to use it in moderation or it can have a laxative effect. Here is a good article.
authoritynutrition.com/erythritol/

Here is a link to a brand I've tried and liked although there may be cheaper ones:
www.amazon.com/Pounds-Erythritol-Glu
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Another possiblity is Truvia or it's generic store brand which is available at Walmart. It is a mix of Eryhritol and Stevia.

Birgit

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10/7/15 2:55 P

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I have been researching artificial sweeteners. Stevia seems to be a good option. I know you have to be careful with how it has been processed though. I used to use Splenda but I found that it raised my BS too much so I quit using it. Diet drinks scare me too so I have given up sodas altogether. Does anyone have any thoughts on Stevia? Thanks, Trish

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