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Benacol yogurt drinks.

Discussion in 'Food, Nutrition and Recipes' started by Fndwheelie, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As I’ve had my doctor trying to give me statins for cholesterols for a year and having just started LCHF. I’m a bit worried that my next appointment will be all about the cholesterol. I started drinking the benecol strawberry yogurt drinks. This morning my sugars shot up above 10, after breakfast. Is there any benefits to these drinks, or should I just avoid them. I really don’t want my cholesterol to go too high. Many thanks for your thoughts.
     
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  2. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    On low carb, your cholesterol will go up for a bit, as what was stored in your liver will head to the exit via your bloodstream. So if you do go up for a while, that's a good thing, as you're getting rid of what was already there. Once your weight and blood sugars stabilize, your cholesterol will likely come down too. I know I've been off my statins for a loooong time because of LCHF, with excellent ratio's. As for the drinks, I don't know them, but if they are 4 grams of carbs per serving as the website claims, that doesn't really merit a rise up to 10. Did you have anything else to go with it, or could it be your Dawn Phenomenon's throwing a wrench in?
     
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  3. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    What was your pre meal reading and what did you eat for breakfast? What was your fasting reading?

    Do you have a pre existing CVD problem that warrants taking a statin?
     
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  4. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I was 5.6 at 5:30 this am. 6.6 at 7am when I took insulin and had breakfast, I had my normal protein yogurt and tea with cream, the only new thing was the benecol yogurt drink. 8:55 I was 10.3

    The day before it didn’t raise my sugars so I’m gonna guess that DP decided to throw a spanner in the works, because I didn’t think there were too many carbs in that tiny drink. But thought I’d ask here in case I’d got it wrong.
     
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    #4 Fndwheelie, Aug 12, 2019 at 2:41 PM
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  5. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Did you retest to confirm the 10?

    Sometimes liver dump does indeed gum up the works.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    My son is drinking these as his cholesterol is quite high, but he doesn't have diabetes. What are the carbs in a bottle ?
     
  7. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The carbs are 6g per 100g and 4g per drink. I didn’t finger prick test but my libre gave multiple readings in the low 10s. I did drink one yesterday and didn’t get a huge spike, so I’m gonna put it down to DP going crazy.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    4g is pretty good, hopefully it was just a blip and I like yogurt drinks, especially Blueberry.
     
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    PenguinMum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Fndwheelie I also drink the same drink but asfar as I know the only two flavours with no added sugar and lowest carb are Raspberry and Peach & Apricot. I alternate weekly between those two and they have no effect on my BG but I will decide after my next lipids test whether to continue with them. Hope this helps.
     
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  10. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Expert
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    @Fndwheelie - I think my colleague, @Rachox may use something like this. I've tagged her, so I wonder if she'll be able to drop in and comment.
     
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    PenguinMum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I have just looked them up on the Benecol website and found the difference between No Added sugar versions and the others was only around 1g (3-4g approx per small bottle). So not sure now!
     
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  12. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I don’t think 4g of carbs could have sent me up so much higher than my normal post breakfast levels. I think I was nervous, and rushing about this morning before starting a volunteer job, my first work of any kind for over 8 years, awake early and my liver decided to kick start my day.

    As to if it will help my cholesterol levels, well that’s another discussion.....
     
  13. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Thanks for the tag @DCUKMod , I generally have the unsweetened natural flavoured ones which are 2.9g carbs per little bottle. However as someone else pointed out even the sweetened flavoured ones don’t contain a huge amount of carbs.
     
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    #13 Rachox, Aug 12, 2019 at 6:22 PM
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    PenguinMum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I sometimes stray outside my comfortable threads to try and help if I can and its someone who has interacted with me. However your being referred to as “someone else” is very insulting.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I apologise I was just cooking dinner and wrote my answer quickly. I’m sorry that was thought less of me
     
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    PenguinMum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thats fine, thanks.
     
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  17. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    What are your cholesterol levels?
     
  18. Fndwheelie

    Fndwheelie Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    TBH I don’t have a clue, but how they’ve been pushing statins for ages and the fact that it goes up at first on LCHF I’m not sure I really wanna know. LOL I could check back on my previous tests with my online records, I don’t understand the numbers anyway I’d have to post them here so someone could explain. A part of me wants to bargain with the docs that my next blood test for hab1c they don’t check my cholesterol levels.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

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    Up to you.. if you have them we can advise but if you want to ignore then that's fine too.. just try and avoid the statins whatever...!
     
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  20. Zilsniggy

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    If your Libre is giving multiple unusual readings, then ideally you should do a finger prick test to confirm thesde results. Libre isn't infallible and can be thrown off.
     
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