Monday, August 17, 2009


See also: Lora.

As a diabetic, I count carbs. I’m so focused on this aspect of food, that when I check nutrition labels, I often zone in on the carb count and forget to check the calories.

Unfortunately for me, I’ve been trying to watch my calorie intake as well as my carb intake, and I totally goofed. Last week we went to Sam’s Club and I bought a box of Ferrero Rocher. Three pieces is a serving size, and it’s only 15 carbs per serving. Only one unit! Yes! Perfect! I could have a little taste of chocolate, not blow my diet and not blow my carb count.

Ferrero Rocher, if you’ve never had one, is a very rich chocolate, which, according to their Web site, is “a tempting combination of luscious, creamy, chocolaty filling surrounding a whole hazelnut, within a delicate, crisp wafer…all enveloped in milk chocolate and finely chopped hazelnuts.”

Pure joy. Pure evil.

You know when they use the word “enveloped” to describe a food item, it means it’s really rich, really good, and really full of calories. 220 calories for three pieces, to be exact. Only one carb unit! But 220 calories.

And, it being Sam’s Club, the box is the big size. While I have yet to scarf down the whole thing in one sitting, it has not been an uncommon occurence for me to crinkle six gold wrappers within a five-minute time period. Only two carb units! But 440 calories.

How easily I’m suckered into eating something just because the carb count is low. How easily I’m suckered into buying shiny chocolate. Sucker Lora must remember to read little (or very large) number next to “Calories” in addition to number next to “Carbohydrates.”

As always, more to come (until the box is empty, that is)…

Damn. Now I want another one.


Karen said...

Oh man, those things are SO good!!! I zero in on carbs as well. Calories aside, I was shocked to see just how many fat grams I was eating before we started "dieting". (I hate that word - it's really more of a healthy eating life-style change than a diet). Yikes, those labels are scary when you read the whole thing!!

CALpumper aka Crystal said...

Have to say....never had one. I am not tempted, nor do I gravitate towards sweets.

I do get suckered into the low carb count and forget to look at calories. 30 is a fun age, can't just eat anything. Stupid body.

Until next time, Enjoy!

Jonah said...

So I have a question- does eating that much fat change the absorption of the carbohydrates? Did you go high or low after eating them?