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DIABETES: Many products labelled ‘no added sugar’ contain artificial sweeteners. Photo: Shutterstock


I AM always pleased to receive your emails about my articles. In fact, over the years, I’ve had a few hundred and most of them I reply to and nearly all of them are positive or jokey.

One person regularly sends me poems. Of course, all the emails have an address so I can just hit reply and that’s it. But this week someone decided to send the owner of EWN a letter telling them how sick I am.

I don’t think they were referring to my aches and pains. I think they meant I am sick in the head. They then went on to insult the owner for giving me space to rant. This, of course, was because I had a go at that crook Trump.

The thing which fascinated me was the fact that the letter was anonymous. There was no name, no signature,and no date – nothing. It was just a piece of paper with their rant on it.

So, in their world, they can anonymously say what they like and, to be honest, it was a bit weird and rambly but I can’t or shouldn’t be allowed to have my column anymore because they are a Trump devotee and I hit a nerve.

So my friend – next time be a big boy or girl and put your name to it then we can discuss things like adults.

The world we live in now is full of keyboard warriors who hide behind made up handles on social media and I’m sure it upsets some people but not me!

I have diabetes and I am always trying to work out what I can and can’t eat. I know that eating chocolate and sweets is a no no. What I find confusing are items that have ‘no added sugar’. The term means that the manufacturer has added no sugar to the product. But certain products labelled ‘no added sugar’ contain a large amount of natural sugar (canned fruit is one example) and/or other carbohydrates.

Many products labelled ‘no added sugar’ contain artificial sweeteners. Manufacturers can use the term ‘sugar free’ if the product has less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving. But keep in mind that as your servings go up, so do the grams of sugar.

For example, three servings of sugar free jelly will contain 1.5 grams of sugar. Perhaps most important, remember that a product may be low in sugar but still very high in other carbohydrates. All very confusing!

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