People regularly ask about Carbquik Baking Mix: it is really low carb, is it a good idea, how does it taste?
Here’s the scoop: while some people adore the stuff and no doubt go on to name their dogs “Carbquik?” I have some reservations.
When I first started low carb, I bought lots of specialty foods, including Carbquik, by the pound. I had a tendency to overeat what I made with Carbquik–totally on me!–but I didn’t always feel so good after eating a lot of it. It has wheat and soy-based ingredients, so if you are gluten-free or don’t do soy, it would be a no-go. And maybe that’s where my reaction from eating too much came from. Once you stop eating much wheat or soy, your body notices when you load up on it, you know?
I am in no way a science geek, but I always get a little itchy about the advertised processes I don’t really understand, like “enzyme-modified wheat” that are supposed to spare us the carbs. Some of this is just from experience, though–lawsuits have ensued over these types of claims with other products. Whereas when you make something yourself with natural ingredients, you know exactly what’s in it. And most of the time, it’s going to yield better results in terms of weight loss and overall healthiness, too.
For me personally, Carbquik and it’s ilk were transitional foods as I adjusted to my new way of eating. They mimic traditional products pretty well, so folks feel less like they are missing out. I found Carbquik tasted fairly close to the real thing, although some baked goods made with it tasted slightly “off” to me. But just a smidge and easy enough to overlook if you’re jonesin’ for some cake, you know?
What people don’t always remember is that these sorts of products are NOT tolerated the same by every person who eats them. For some, it works out fine! For others, it can create a stall. Labels don’t mean much if it your body doesn’t dig it, you know? You must pay attention to how your body likes what you’re eating to decide if you want to continue eating it.
Like everything else about your eating plan, it’s a personal choice. Some people love the stuff and report no problems with it. Others won’t touch it. I would suggest if you do use it, do so in moderation as an occasional convenience and not as the pillar of your daily dinner. It’s more likely to work out for you that way.
Any specialty product you eat –okay, really anything at all you eat, pay attention to how it agrees with you personally and make adjustments if need be. That’s how this works best, you know? Respect your body and it will respect you!
Note: If you are going to buy Carbquik, prices on Amazon vary so shop around. It’s also sometimes cheaper on Netrition. Those are the only places I’ve found it, although of course other places may carry it.
And good luck out there!