Saturday, May 11, 2013

Breakfast? The ADA Wants You!

There's a hungry kind of feelin'
And every day it grows
There's so much more of you
Than anybody knows

In the ADA, we eat more sugar before 9:00 am than some people eat all day.*

Eat all the carbs we say
'Cause we need you in the ADA.**

In the American Diabetes Association, you'll be eating pancakes, fruit smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, peanut butter, toast, vegetable juice, eggs, and lean Canadian bacon for breakfast--and you'll be eating again before lunch! (I can tell you from long experience that the protein won't quell hunger from falling blood sugar.)

Just look at all the sugar you'll get to eat:

Three pancakes from Hardee's: 12g sugar (53g net carb)
Banana berry 16-size smoothie from Jamba Juice: 73g sugar (80g net carb)
One packet of prepared Quaker instant oats, apple & cinnamon: 12g sugar (23g net carb)
Two tablespoons of smooth peanut butter on a slice of toasted wheat bread: 5g sugar (16g net carb)
One cup of V-8 vegetable juice: 8g sugar (8g net carb)
One cup Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereal: 18g sugar (39g net carb)
One cup 2% milk: 13g sugar (14g net carb)
Eggs & Canadian bacon: no sugar (1g net carb in two eggs)

That's not all: the net carbs include all the digestible carbs--it's all going to turn into sugar when you digest it. A cup of healthy Raisin Bran cereal with 2% milk and a V-8 means 61 grams--or almost one-third of a cup--of sugar.

The ADA is sponsored by General Mills, Kellogg's, Coca Cola, PepsiCo, the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition, the National Dairy Council, and Abbott Nutrition, owned by Abbott Laboratories, makers of blood glucose monitoring systems.

*A typical low-carb diet is less than 50 grams of sugar  carbohydrates a day.
**To the tune of the Army recruiting jingle from 1981.
Nutrition info from


Exceptionally Brash said...

Jamba juice?? That is so high in carb, and certainly not worth it. I would rather eat a whole bunch of bananas (if I even could) than waste it on something that is really lots of sugar made up to look like something healthy. I like smoothies too, but usually add only a bite of banana and maybe a piece of orange. I'll bet there is more fruit in my smoothies than in the industrial versions.

Lori Miller said...

I cringed when I saw that because I used to get those often. According to Jamba Juice's web site, a 16-size banana berry smoothie has 68g of carb and contains nonfat frozen yogurt and raspberry sherbert besides bananas and blueberries. It really should be considered a dessert (a big dessert), like a lot of other things that are supposedly healthy.

Lowcarb team member said...

A typical breakfast for me is eggs and bacon with a handful of mushrooms. Keeps me going through the morning with no headaches from an 'overdose' of high carb junk. Unfortunately many out there do not have breakfast to start the day or just grab one of these new cereal bars. They will not be appearing in my food cupboard.

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

Abbott makes some of those, too (Zone & EAS).