An example of how carbs can sneak up on you when you think you're making good choices.
I had kind of gotten into the habit of popping a few Tic Tacs in my mouth when I thought candy sounded good. I thought it was great. The back of the package says 0 carbs. So, I'm thinking I'm getting a carb free taste of candy. Thinking they are carb free, I eat more than one and don't worry about it.
Then one day, I noticed as I was waiting in the check out line at the grocery store that there are Sugar Free Tic Tacs. That made me scratch my head a little since regular Tic Tacs said 0 carbs. I smelled a stinky fish somewhere. So, I compared the labels as I was standing there in line.
Regular Tic Tacs say 0 grams of sugar with an *. Down below this nutritional information, it says something like "*contains less than .5 gram per serving". That means that 2 little Tic Tacs have roughly 1 carb if I am now understanding correctly.
Originally, when I saw the 0 carb on the Tic Tacs label, I looked no further. It turns out I was getting extra carbs that I wasn't counting. I was enjoying this little tasty treat until then without rationing them out with regard to their affect on my blood sugar. I thought they were carb free. Obviously, they are not.
It made me mad in all honesty. That little asterisk duped me. Who knows how long it would have taken me to figure it out had I not stumbled upon the Sugar Free Tic Tacs? I didn't buy any of the sugar free variety. I was too ticked. The regular Tic Tacs went in the garbage.
I thought I would share this experience with you because it is an example of just how careful we have to be when we're reading labels. It is so easy to think we can have something because the packaging says one thing, but with a catch.
You've really got to watch labels for serving sizes too. I'll save that conversation for another entry though.
Thank you for reading.
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