Carbohydrate Counting DietGetting to know your Carbohydrates                                                              ...
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  1. 1. Carbohydrate Counting DietGetting to know your Carbohydrates As easy as 1...2...3 Counting carbohydrates is important for managing your blood sugar levels, or glucose at each meal.  Calculating Carbohydrate Servings Foods that are high in carbohydrates are: starches, milk, 2,000 calorie diet fruit, sweets. When eaten, blood sugars rise. 50% of calories from carbohydrates = 1,000 calories Diabetics, specifically those who are insulin dependent, can benefit from this method. By knowing how many 1,000 calories divided by 4 calories per gram of carbohydrate carbohydrates eaten, insulin levels can be adjusted = 250 grams accordingly. 250 grams divided by 15 grams carbohydrate per serving = There are two types of carbohydrates: simple (sugars) 16.66 serving and complex (starches).  Sample of how to distribute Carbohydrates throughout One carbohydrate serving is equal to 15 grams of the week: carbohydrates. Breakfast 3 4 2 3 4 3 3 Examples of 15 Grams of Carbohydrates Per Serving: AM Snack 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 slice of bread, 1 cup of milk, 1 small piece of fruit, 1 medium cookie Lunch 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 Understand portion sizes. PM Snack 2 2 2 2 1 2 3 Be consistent with your carbohydrates and choose whole Dinner 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 grain and unrefined sources. Limit carbohydrates that are processed or high in added sugar. HS Snack 2 1 2 2 1 2 2 Total Carbs: 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

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