It never ceases to amaze me how frankly....ill-informed (uninformed? gullible? stupid?) people are. One of my family members liked a page entitled "A Year of No Sugar", which is a recently-published book by the same name, documenting a family's year during which the mother attempted to cut out sugar from her family's diet. It's not an easy task, considering the number of hidden sugar sources in our diets. Intrigued, I clicked on the site, went to the blog (ignoring the advertising for the book) and started to read. OK, so she is trying to make her own chocolate without sugar or the standard no-calorie sweeteners. No problem with that, and no problem with her explorations. At the bottom of the blog post are several lists, one of which is her "Good News List" -- things that "sound suspicious but contain no fructose". On that list includes....maltodextrin, rice syrup, lactose, corn syrup, galactose, and (drum roll, please)...........tah dah! GLUCOSE!! Wait...wait, don't tell me....all of those are forms of sugars, particularly glucose! I'm confused. If she's wanting to get away from forms of sugars for an entire year, shouldn't all of those appear on her "no eat" list, since, hello, they're all forms of sugar (especially the glucose, perhaps the most basic of all the sugars)? If she's trying to get away from processed sugars, wouldn't she be staying away from rice syrup, corn syrup, and maltodextrin -- all of which have to be processed to a greater or lesser extent? She doesn't want to eat fructose (fruit sugars), but another sugar form on her "Good News" list is.....grape sugar...which, according to Wikipedia, is just another term for glucose, but, hey, since it comes from grapes, it must be OK, right? And, gee, since grapes are a fruit, wouldn't it make sense that sugars derived from grapes also have fructose in it?
She also has a recipe page on which she's posted directions on how to make brownies, cakes, cookies, and pancakes -- supposedly "without sugar", but all the recipes include dextrose -- another term for glucose (we all ought to know that from our Dex4 tabs, right?). If I were to eat her oatmeal raisin cookies ("dirt cookies"), I'd have to give myself 3-4 units of insulin, as they have 61g of carbohydrates (i.e. starches AND sugars) in each cookie -- when you divide the recipe into 12ths, as she did in her picture! That doesn't seem very "without sugar" to this diabetic.
Perhaps if there's anything good about being diabetic, it's that I've learned a little about how to look beyond hype and simplistic answers. I've learned that sugars are everywhere, and that they're nearly impossible to avoid completely. And I can deal with that.