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July 1998 Issue

No Matter How the Cookie Crumbles, Carbohydrates Count

Q. I have type 2 diabetes and am careful to buy only cookies labeled "sugar-free." Is this necessary? A. No. The American Diabetes Association loosened the reins on sugar consumption a few years back. It turns out there is little scientific evidence to back up the long-held belief that simple sugars are more rapidly converted to glucose than complex carbohydrates. That means cookies, for example, are no more likely to aggravate high blood

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