Hey guys, just wondering what kinds of glucose tabs everyone uses to correct lows. I've used juice and food (candy mostly) in the past to correct lows but I tend to over do it and make myself high. I would like to switch to the glucose tabs but they just taste so nasty. Does anyone have suggestions for tabs that are a little more palatable?
Smarties, while candy, have dextrose and the sleeves are a pretty nice treatment for all but the most hairy lows, and then you can have two? I used to use jelly beans all the time and am very partial to the Starburst ones but decided that the dextrose in Smarties was worth sacrificing the tasty fruit flavors. I'd put them in little "serving sized" baggies I get at Hobby Lobby to lug around with me:
The nasty taste is part of the charm. Bet you can eat just one.
no doubt, I think potting soil would have a better flavor.
I like the grape flavor ones an there is also a "tropical fruit" mixed container and I like the green and the white ones.
Bottom line is I'm always perplexed when people talk about how "nasty" the glucose tablets are. I consider myself a foodie and have pretty refined taste buds. i think the problem is people expect them to taste like candy and when they don't they say they're "nasty". I don't eat sugar so I don't expect them to taste like candy. I think of them as "medicine" and for medicine they taste ok. When I hear people talk about overdoing "treats" when they're low and then going on the roller coaster which is so bad for us, I think that eating a couple tabs of "medicine" is a small price to pay.
That makes sense however w/ the glucose tabs it's specifically their tendency to be so dusty they get "fumey", in that when I bite them, a cloud of (ok, fruit flavored...) dust floats around in my mouth. I've found it pretty bothersome when I'm running (which I think may exacerbate the problem, bashing them around in the little tubes...) and, while I can see that not eating sugar other than "medicine" is probably good for you, I figure diabetes is enough of a PITA (low-carb..) that having something tasty when you need it is a reasonable compromise for me to make.
I agree about the "dusty-ness" of the tabs. That's my main complaint, you just chew forever and they never go down. It's often inconvenient (or impossible as with running) to drink water afterwards. Do certain tabs hold their shape better, cutting down on the dust?
I agree that there is some sort of "dustiness" going on with the glucose tablets. They've even caused me to go into coughing fits in the past ... I have mild asthma, and I think sometimes I breathe in a bit of the "glucose dust" when I'm eating them, and my lungs freak out ... Definitely unpleasant!
I agree we may as well eat something we really like when we're low which is why I bought some of my favorite super sugarified dandelion burdock soda, but most of the time I run for the glucose tabs and or I forget about the soda being there although I did use it as well for my last two lows.. I do actually like the g tabs too though.
No, they're just nasty. But I'm thankful because it's guaranteed I won't "overdose" on these.
I think I've grown to accept the grainy sweetness of them. I greatly prefer the tropical mixed flavors that CVS offers. Juice is my other go-to though. I find candy is way too unpredictable for me with over-correcting.
I like DEX4 Tropical Fruit or Sour Berry, or Wild Berry Glucose Bits (1 gram carb each so you can adjust the dose). as others said I regard them as medicine & not a treat. I don't notice any dustiness, but I do drink water afterwards as I think it makes the glucose absorb faster.