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Diabetes and Food Packaging!

Discussion in 'Diabetes Soapbox - Have Your Say' started by Sandra_W, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Sandra, I have gone to a Diabetes UK 'workshop' on this very topic and this is going to be a big campaign for them. Most of us type 1s around that table really wanted clear carbs labels for realistic portions as well as per 100g. Diabetes UK also aim to get this info available in the larger chain restaurants. However 90% are type 2 and DuK believes that putting calorie counts on food with traffic lights will help the diaobesity crisis. I disagree with that given that it would result in some highly nutritious foods being demonised by a red label and conversely, some junk foods e.g. rice cakes being given a green light.
    However they have a tricky path and may feel it would be better to focus on the calories over the carbs.
    I am of the belief that I am better off eating my own food wherever possible and this makes it even less possible to calculate carbs but then I also believe that it is impossible to eat a moderately high carb diet as a type 1 without making fairly frequent dosing areas so now I aim for low carb 80% of the time by dodging starch and sugar.
     
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    mazza 2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I always find that ready meals have lot of salt which isn't good for me. I prefer to make my own meals and then I know whats in them.
     
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    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I see two problems with recommended portion sizes:
    1. People vary from a petite and inactive lady to a 6ft rugby player.
    2. Foods can be served with or without accompaniments. I sometimes have a M&S Madras curry which claims to serve 2. It might do with a Naan or rice but I eat both portions with just some cauliflower.
    Surely it is not hard to calculate base on values per 100 grams and labels are complicated enough already.
     
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  4. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Nope it is not hard but hen again having been on a DAFNE course, I did find lots of people struggled with basic maths or just wanted a quick way to know. As you say you can double up your portion size if you are a rugby player or halve it if you are Miss Marple.
     
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    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If I tip too many nuts out I put them in my mouth !!!
    .Carol
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    I still don't see what is wrong with grams per 100g. It is a simple percentage. If what I am eating is 25g per 100g then no matter how much or how little I eat, 25% (or a quarter) of it is carbohydrate. That's how I look at it.
     
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  7. NicoleC1971

    NicoleC1971 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Remember you can scan the barcode into My Fitness Pal or Chromometer and enter the actual number of grams you ate.
    Quantity is only 1 part of the equation however and its worth considering timing, quality of the carbs and the company that they are keeping.
    For lots of people that could be a better first step than getting obsessed with the numbers IMO.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Only if you have a posh phone ;)
     
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    Totally understand the rant. Who eats the portions they come up with anyway? Been doing the same with calculating in my head, but it's a pain..
     
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    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't underestimate Miss Marple!
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    I'm not the least bit surprised DUK want to stay with calories and traffic lights as they are more interested in staying within the establishment mantra rather than focussing on the best approach for diabetics. That's one reason I resigned few years back.
     
  12. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can’t say as a type 2 I find the traffic lights at all helpful (I totally ignore it in fact). It’s irrelevant to anyone doing anything other than following the eat well mantra! Much prefer the box on the back of the pack.
     
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