For most people with diabetes, carbs are always changing from friend to foe and then back again. Carbs can affect a diabetic’s blood sugar quickly, so learning to balance things is important to be healthy and stay at good levels.
Carb counting is a great way to know where you’re at and how much more you can eat. To count carbs, you need to check out the nutritional information of the food. Each food contains a certain amount of grams of carbohydrate. For example, most fruits contain 15 grams of carbohydrate, and each gram of carbohydrate contains 4 calories.
Total Carb Consumption
A diabetic on a 2000 calorie diet should get 40-60% of their total calories from carbs, or 800-1200 calories per day. Not all foods have nutrition facts posted on them, so it’s a good idea to have another reference such as a book or manual, and more and more restaurants are giving nutritional information on their foods.
Counting carbs effectively takes practice, but doing so is invaluable to keep your diet and body in check.