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Old 03-14-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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Oops!! Dextrin!

I bought a box of crunchy dried green bean snacks yesterday. Thought they tasted a little sweet, but figured it must be the natural sweetness in the beans since the only ingredients were green beans, dextrin, and salt. (There was no nutrition information on the package, just the ingredients.) After eating the entire box (1-2 cups), it occurred to me that dextrin might be a sugar and looked it up. It looks like it's a carbohydrate added to enhance crispness--whatever it is, the beans were fantastic!! Glad I only found them at a market almost 2 hours away from my house!
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Old 03-15-2010, 07:49 AM   #2
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OK, I know I'm talking to myself, but thought I'd mention that it must definitely be a sugar because I had horrible stomach pains and gas (sorry--TMI?) after eating the beans. I haven't had this happen since starting low-carb about 5 weeks ago. Just in case anyone else didn't know what this was, either.

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Old 03-15-2010, 09:29 AM   #3
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Hey Jane..........Don't want you to talk to yourself....lol
Thanks for the heads up on the green bean snack.........Yeah, sometimes things appear to be LC friendly and actually aren't...........It's all trial & error. We learn as we go along.

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so..not to sound totally dumb & sorry to post on an old thread..but..these snacks/dextrin is a no no correct?
i know a lot of this is a "your mileage may vary" kind of deal..but i am addicted to these stinking green beans...& i've done good..once i found out dextrin was funky i threw them out..but i'm going to go grocery shopping this weekend & know i'll be face to face with them again...& wanted to make sure that they were indeed bad :l
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I think from reading that dextrin has a higher glycemic index than some sweeteners...that is why splenda with maltodextrin, which is used to add volume to the product and acts as a binding agent, has to be counted in your daily carbs as one carb per serving. malto dextrine has a GI of about 50 If I remember correctly, so I try to stay away from it. I can't find the exact count on dextrine itself.

Maybe if you look at the grams of sugars and carbs per serving and then compare with a serving of green beans you could tell how good or bad of a food choice they are for you.
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Old 01-09-2012, 08:13 AM   #6
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Just a word of caution: dried fruits and veggies have a lot of carbs for a very small amount. 100g info is below, that's approx 3.5oz of product.

Serving Size 100 g of dehydrated Green Beans

% Daily Requirements

Total Calories 310 20%
Calories from fat 10

Total fat 1 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Trans fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 g 0%

Total carbohydrate 71 g 20%
Dietary fibre 35 g 140%
Sugars 14 g

Protein 18 g 40%
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yeah
lame..
my mother in law let me borrow her food dehydrator but i havent had much luck with it..
i tried just plain green beans with my 1st batch & they never really got firm..just..soggy?
figured i didnt have the heat up high enough
the 2nd batch i blanched with some chicken broth & they ended up having much better flavor but i think i left them in too long (over night about 8 hours like the website said?)
they turned out reallllllly shriveled up & kind of tough?
maybe thats how theyre suppose to be..was just really hoping theyd be like the ones from the store but without the funky junk :l
guess this just goes to prove AGAIN that theres no such thing as a low carb friendly "processed" food..good thing i love raw veggies, or this would get really hard really quick.
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If you toss frozen green beans with a little olive oil and salt and roast them (400 degrees for about 30 minutes) they get shriveled but very tasty!
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yumm. think i'll just stick to roasting :]
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