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Diabetes Diet - What You Must Know About Carbs

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What You Must Know About Carbs

By Nina Nazor

The nutrient that has the greatest effect on blood glucose levels is carbohydrate. Fat and protein, for example, don't affect so much glucose levels. In fact, fat slows glucose absorption. Both, the quantity and the type or source of carbs of the food you eat, influence your glucose levels after having a meal and the amount of insulin that is needed to metabolize it. Find out about the things you must know about carbs.

  1. Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load. Learn about the American Diabetes Association recommendations regarding the glycemic index and low carb diets for diabetes. It seems that after many years of controversy, the advice is that you should use the glycemic index as well as the glycemic load of a meal to help you control blood glucose levels. However, I believe they suggest we should take too many carbs. What do you think? What have you found out about the effect of carbs in your body and glucose control? Please visit our message board and let us know your opinion.
  2. What are Net Carbs?. With the low-carb craze, the food industry has come up with a new category of carbohydrates known as "net carbs", which are believed to have none or little impact on blood glucose levels. Find out what is true and what fiction about "net carbs".
  3. Carb Counting 101. Carbohydrate counting is a method for calculating the grams of carbohydrates you eat. Whether you take pills or insulin, counting carbs can help you control your blood glucose levels while it makes your diet more flexible and easier to follow.
  4. Sweeteners and Diabetes. You can include some sugar in your diet, as long as you stick to your meal plan and keep your blood glucose under control, but you can also use several kinds of sweeteners available in the stores.
  5. How to Design Your Own Diet Plan. You have a budget of calories, carbs, protein and fats that you must administrate throughout the day. Calculate your caloric level and the amount of carbs, protein and fats you need daily. Then design your menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the meals you like most, using the exchange portions of foods. Complement your healthy meals with at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and you will have a customized meal plan chosen by you.

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