Word from the Wise.
Tip #982 for Living with Diabetes:
Just because something looks the same does not mean something is the same.
Example: I took out a can of Nestea Iced Tea from the office kitchen’s fridge this morning. I glanced down at the options and grabbed what looked like the same diet iced tea that I had yesterday.
I was wrong. I grabbed a can of regular iced tea. Even when my blood sugar rang in at 320 mg/dl, I didn’t realize the mistake because I figured the high was from my decision to eat Poptarts this morning instead of my usual Fiber One bar. It wasn’t until an hour later when I tested again and landed at 336 mg/dl that I figured something was astray. Upon closer examination of the can, I realized I was drinking out of a can with 33 grams of carbohydrate! I had been working all morning, and drinking from the can without reading the words. Both the diet can I had yesterday and this can are lemon flavored, so I think that masked my ability to taste the sugar. The cans look almost identical – one has a white background, and the other has a light silver background. We have apparently purchased new cans of iced tea with a different design and that is what threw me off. Sodas are usually more obvious. Diet Pepsi is light blue, regular Pepsi is darker. Diet Dr. Pepper is white with maroon, regular Dr. Pepper with just maroon.Check out these misleading labels at Nestea’s website.
Moral of the story: Look before you leap!