If you have diabetes, carb counting has undoubtedly become part of your daily routine. For each meal, snack, and beverage, it’s essential to examine your carbohydrate intake, the amount of physical activity you’re doing, and your medication (if you take any to control your diabetes). Striking the right balance gives you the greatest chance of also keeping your blood sugar levels in a healthy range.
Speaking of balance… it’s essential to any diet, and this is no different for a person with diabetes. While there are a lot of trendy diets and “miracle” products that promise a quick-fix or cure-all to diabetes, the best thing you can do is follow the same well-balanced diet that is recommended to everyone: moderate fat and refined sugar consumption, and plenty of whole grains, fruit, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats.
While that balance is about a lot more than just counting carbs, it is an essential part of diabetes management. The amount of carbs each person needs varies depending upon a variety of factors, but the American Diabetes Association recommends starting at between 45 and 60 g of carbohydrates/meal, and adjust as needed.
Being aware of the carbohydrate content of what you’re consuming is a critical part of ensuring you’re getting the most out of your meals and allocating your carb allowance to foods that are going to offer the most nutritional value. Further, this information can allow you to get the most variety out of your meals so that things don’t get boring.
So, let’s see what you know! Take the quiz below to see if you know which foods have the most carbs.