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Carbs per skittle or smarty?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by rutgers1, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. rutgers1

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    Anyone have a working number that they use for them? I'd like to nudge Matt up a bit here and there, and some of our go-to foods don't raise him quick enough. Try as I might, I can't get Matt to eat Gluco Tabs. In fact, as I type, he is complaining about 20 feet away from me.
     
  2. emm142

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    I count 1 skittle as 1.5g. Seems to work for me, but I'm not sure if that's technically correct.
     
  3. Colleen

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    A normal size roll of smarties is 6 carbs.
     
  4. danismom79

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    We always counted Skittles as 1g. I don't know if your Smarties are the same as what I'm thinking, but these rolls of small round ones are 6g per roll, so we don't use those. That's a lot for just 6g. I think my daughter gets tired of the big glucose tabs sometimes. There are smaller GlucoBits that are 1g each, and about the size of a big pea.
     
  5. hawkeyegirl

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    Yep. One carb per Skittle and 6 carbs per roll of Smarties. A study was done showing that Skittles raise BG as quickly as glucose tabs do, so they're a good one to use.
     
  6. mom2ejca

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    We recently found giant Smarties at Dollar General. They are the exact diameter of glucose tabs and fit in a glucose tab plastic roll. They weigh out closer to 2.5 cho each, but we count them as 2 for easier math for dd.

    They were around 60 cents per roll, so considerably cheaper than tabs.

    ETA: I just checked out the smarties website, and apparently there are giant *and* mega smarties. We're out right now so I'm not sure which kind we had??
     
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  7. GaPeach

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    Same here - DD had a great time counting a huge bag out into snack size zip-locka prior to going to church camp this week. :D

    We find these giant Smarties at Wal-Mart at the candy counter by the cash registers.
     
  8. kgerrick

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    Those sound neat! I'll have to head over to the Dollar General.
     
  9. kgerrick

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    I'm fascinated with this idea of Giant Smarties!!:p I have to check this out. Wal-Mart and Dollar General are only 15 minutes away!!
     
  10. chbarnes

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    Careful. Smarties are completely different - a chocolate covered candy, in Canada and the UK.
     
  11. Tigerlilly's mom

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    I JUST started using 2 rolls of Smarties instead of glucose tablets for lows...6 years later and I finally figured out how much cheaper smarties are than glucose tablets:rolleyes:
     

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