Please consult with your physician regarding the use of any medication…even over the counter varieties. Only your physician can advise based upon your medical profile and present medication useage. This article is for informational purposes only.
During cough and cold season, the cold remedy aisle at the local supermarket or pharmacy is packed with people looking for a fix for their coughing, sneezing, sniffling and aching due to the common cold, virus, or flu. Sales of cough and cold syrup and cough drops soar. Tis the season to buy tissues!
Be advised that many cough/cold syrups are made palatable by adding some form of sugar or carbohydrate. For those with Met A, the inclusion of carb has no great significance and allows the “spoonful of medicine” to go down. For those with Met B, this hidden carbohydrate can have major consequences regarding insulin release, fat gain, blood sugar readings, cravings…and all the symptoms of uncontrolled Met B.
Liquid DayQuil and NyQuil contain significant carbs. A 2 Tbls dose contains 19 grams of carbohydrate!
Opt for the capsules or caplets!
As for cough drops…sugar free means just that…SUGAR free. As you know, the only thing sugar refers to on a label is good old table sugar. So, products can be sweetened with sugar alcohols (which do cause insulin release) and still be labeled sugar free. Remember, when we read labels, we take total carb grams – dietary fiber grams to find net carb grams. We DO NOT subtract away sugar alcohol as it will impact blood sugar, insulin, and MM.
Here are a few of the most popular Sugar Free Cough Drops with their elusive carb content. It’s hard to find carb grams on these products!
Hall Defense Sugar Free Cough Drops:
1 drop= 3 grams carb
Cold-Eeze Sugar Free Cold Remedy Lozenges:
1 drop= 2.24g of carbohydrates
Ricola Throat Drops Sugar Free
1 drop = 2.24 grams carbohydrates
When you have a cough/cold, here are some helpful home remedies!
1. Get plenty of rest
2. Take your typical vitamins and perhaps add 500mg Vitamin C to your second set vitamins until your cold is gone. ( add to the vitamin set that includes B complex)
3. Drink lots of calorie free/caffeine free fluids, including warm liquids like herbal tea or chicken broth
4. If you have gas forced air heat and the heat is on in your home..put a small bowl of water on the floor beneath your heat ducts to add some “humidity” to your bedroom . Change water daily.
5. If you need a cold medicine, with MD’s permission, you are better off with the capsule or caplet form instead of the syrup.
6. Remember that sugar free cough drops are not carb free. In most instances, 2 sugar free drops will be a 5 gram “Counter” in the morning, again in the afternoon, and in the evening…if you choose to use them.
7. Wash hands often throughout the day
8. Gargle with warm water and a pinch of salt a few times/day.
9. Take a steamy shower to moisturize nasal passages and relax you.
10. Dab a small amount of mentholated salve under your nose to help open breathing passages