What is Carb Counting?
Carbohydrate counting is one of the more popular approaches to meal planning being used today by people who have diabetes. The reason why it has gained in popularity is because it provides a flexible approach in eating to obtain better control of blood sugar. With carbohydrate counting, you don't have to follow a special diet that is limited in variety. Instead, you can eat pretty much the way you did before you were diagnosed with diabetes.
What is 1 carb?
When using the carbohydrate counting method for controlling blood glucose, the Food Exchange System is often used as a basis. The basic thing to remember is that one serving of a carbohydrate containing food is equal to 15 grams carbohydrate and is often referred to as "1 carb."
Consistency is Key!
The key to controlling your blood sugar levels when using carbohydrate counting is to eat similar amounts of carbohydrate at your meals and snacks each day and also to eat at similar times.
How Many Carbs do I Need?
The total amount of carbohydrate that you need daily depends on your goals. For instance, factors such as your height, weight, activity level, lifestyle and schedule are all important considerations when determining your daily intake of carbohydrates.
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