Crisps (I know)

Hre2stay

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I've recently come across some crisps called popchips!

They are popped not fried and don't seem to spike my blood sugar anywhere near as much as fried ones.

Anyone else have same experience or have any other crisps that don't cause massive spikes?

I have to be careful with the amount I have though but I was just worried I was eating far too many pork scratchings to be healthy.
 

Drummer

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You might be missing the full effect, I'm afraid. Non fatty carbs tend to be digested very fast so unless you have a continuous monitoring system the spike might have happened before you test.
 

Ditto

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Don't talk about crisps. All my life I never bothered about crisps, didn't even look the side they were on, now I'm hankering after them big time. I've gone bonkers.
 

rebrascora

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I agree with @Drummer, the fat in the normal crisps will have been delaying the spike meaning that when you test at the 2 hour point you may be hitting the peak of the spike whereas the dry popped ones could well be spiking your blood just the same but much quicker... Try testing at 1 hour and see what your reading is.

@ianf0ster I'm still working on how many pork scratchings is too many. I went to B&M for my fortnightly stock up yesterday and I am struggling to resist going back to my stash for more!.... it has to last me another 13 days but not looking good! I dread to think what the checkout girl thinks when I buy a whole basket of them and nothing else.
 

HenryBennett

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I’ve bought a couple of multipacks of pork scratchings and gone through them rather too quickly, so I now walk past them.

Crisps? I’ve not licked or nibbled a single one since my hospital stay.
 

Drummer

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The idea that carbs are somehow benign and fat the worst thing to eat has probably done a lot of damage to many people. Even as evidence increases to show the contrary case, the myth continues to hold credence.
 

Pine Marten

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Is it even possible to eat too many pork scratchings?
I stopped eating them after one particularly solid scratching chipped a piece of my tooth off, which meant a trip to the dentist! I don't think I've had any since....:eek:
 

grovesy

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I stopped eating them after one particularly solid scratching chipped a piece of my tooth off, which meant a trip to the dentist! I don't think I've had any since....:eek:
I too had a very expensive trip to the dentist after one, I had to have a crown refitted. Not had any since.
 

Hre2stay

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I agree with @Drummer, the fat in the normal crisps will have been delaying the spike meaning that when you test at the 2 hour point you may be hitting the peak of the spike whereas the dry popped ones could well be spiking your blood just the same but much quicker... Try testing at 1 hour and see what your reading is.

@ianf0ster I'm still working on how many pork scratchings is too many. I went to B&M for my fortnightly stock up yesterday and I am struggling to resist going back to my stash for more!.... it has to last me another 13 days but not looking good! I dread to think what the checkout girl thinks when I buy a whole basket of them and nothing else.
Me too I keep thinking to myself surely all this fat can't be doing me any good as I have high cholesterol as well but I'm eating roughly about 1200 to 1600 calories a day which isnt a great deal?
 

bakebeans

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I found some weight watchers cheese and onion and ready salted in the pound shop last week, I think they are around 10g of carbs per bag so bought some for when I get a craving, haven’t had any yet but will update when I do
 

Hre2stay

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I found some weight watchers cheese and onion and ready salted in the pound shop last week, I think they are around 10g of carbs per bag so bought some for when I get a craving, haven’t had any yet but will update when I do
Let me know how you get on life without crisps is really hard for me.

I'm struggling with a lot of food things to be honest I'm meant to go out for a restaurant meal on Tuesday and have no idea what to order.
 

HenryBennett

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I'm meant to go out for a restaurant meal on Tuesday and have no idea what to order.
Steak and salad or a burger and salad (and only eat half the bun) works for me.
 

bakebeans

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Let me know how you get on life without crisps is really hard for me.

I'm struggling with a lot of food things to be honest I'm meant to go out for a restaurant meal on Tuesday and have no idea what to order.
my 9 year old tried them today and loved them, theres so few in a pack that I can’t see them being an issue as a once in a while treat.
Eating out can be daunting, I missed so many meals out with friends last year, now we tend to go for Carverys or buffet meals at least then it’s easier to choose meat and veg or salad. When I last spoke to my diabetes nurse she said if your eating out use it was a treat so if your ordering burger a chips ask to switch the chips for extra salad but eat the bun then it will be easier to be stricter with yourself back at home.
 

Hre2stay

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Thanks very much for the replies. I think I'll get a steak I think what stopped me mentally was I was told pretty much that red meat equals bad white meat equals good. Brown is good for other non meat things and white is bad but that to me leaves a very restricted diet. I eat chicken or turkey almost every day.

I think ill go with a burger without chips or maybe a steak. I was thinking possibly pizza too but it would come as a full pizza and I can't help but think of all the cheese on it. (I've made my own wholemeal pizza but was fine with that as I knew exactly what I was eating)

It makes me wonder why more restaurants aren't diabetic friendly as Diabetes type 2 is seriously on the rise.

Would adding wholemeal options be that hard?

Thanks again guys.
 

silentsquirrel

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I'd definitely avoid the pizza - but it would be the base that's the problem, not the cheese! Cheese is D-friendly. Even a wholemeal base would not be friendly, most of us find wholemeal is very nearly as bad as white, so keep wholemeal portions of bread, rice, pasta to very small portions if you cannot cut them out completely.

I would not think of brown as good, just slightly less bad than white! I wouldn't avoid red meat, or cheese.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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I think this is where it can help to develop your ‘carb radar’ and guesstimation skills. A full size restaurant pizza is likely to be 20-30g per slice, so quite possibly 160-300g of carbs. Whereas a steak and salad, even if you nicked half a dozen chips from a friend is going to only be a fraction of that.

And yes, if it’s BG disruption you are trying to avoid, then it’s the carbohydrate you should focus on, rather than the fat content. :)
 

Hre2stay

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I think this is where it can help to develop your ‘carb radar’ and guesstimation skills. A full size restaurant pizza is likely to be 20-30g per slice, so quite possibly 160-300g of carbs. Whereas a steak and salad, even if you nicked half a dozen chips from a friend is going to only be a fraction of that.

And yes, if it’s BG disruption you are trying to avoid, then it’s the carbohydrate you should focus on, rather than the fat content. :)
Thanks yes it's the spikes I'm trying to avoid I find myself getting quite anxious if my blood sugar is up and if its too low too so if I have steak that shouldn't be a problem
 
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