How do I count my carbs.

By LRD Latest Reply 2014-11-04 12:54:51 -0600
Started 2011-04-28 13:52:55 -0500

I am wondering how to count my carbs. And where do I go to get the answer?

11 replies

Lloyd M
Lloyd M 2011-05-15 13:58:12 -0500 Report

Food scales.
A food scale is small, fairly inexpensive, and the most accurate way we know to measure portion sizes. In the US, we would look for one that reads in both ounces and grams, and what is called a Tare button. That simply means it has a button to set the scale to zero whenever you wish. I like the style in the photo, because you can put most containers on it and still be able to read the scale, with the readings on the bottom front that can be more difficult.

Here is a good way to use the scale:
• Put a plate on the scale. • Set the scale to zero. • Add food to the plate, until the desired amount shows on the scale. • Set the scale to zero • Add another food.
You end up with a plate with food on it, and you now know how much of each food you have. This way you have not dirtied any measuring cups doing it. The package, can, box, or book you are looking in will tell you how many carbohydrates in a serving. You can weigh out two-thirds of a serving, for instance, and you will have two-thirds of the carbohydrates.
If a food is only listed in a volume measure like a cup of milk, you can do this:
• Put a measuring cup on the scale • Zero the scale • Add a cup of milk • Write down how many grams a cup of milk weighs.
From here on, you can put a glass on the scale, zero it, and add a cup of milk without measuring, just add the right weight.
Some scales have even more helpful features. Some scales have food databases right in them, or let you enter the carbohydrates per serving and figure the exact carbohydrate for you, not just the weight. Some scales will even total it for you as you go along.
There are many, many ways to figure out how many carbohydrates are in foods. The Cozmo, some Animas, and Omnipod insulin pumps have food databases right in them, while Accu-Chek and Calorie King make software programs that can be loaded onto a PDA with a carbohydrate database.
There are also many web sites, with Calorie King being a popular and thorough one.

LRD 2014-11-04 12:54:51 -0600 Report

Where did you get your scale? What does it look like? Who is it made by? Linda

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-05-02 08:20:32 -0500 Report

The hospital included 2 booklets on carb counting in the Welcome to the Wonderful World of Diabetes packet they gave me.
One is Nutrition in the Fast Lane I found a website that said you could order it online and free of charge at the Healthy Hoosiers Web site But I don't know if you need to be living in Indiana to get it. The site also provides links to other resources.
The other is Take Charge By Counting Carbs. www.lantus,com/docs/consumer/pdf/CarbCounter.pdf
I downloaded it.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-04-28 14:45:53 -0500 Report

Oh, it's a small local pharmacy(far southwestern Kentucky). I suggest you ask at the pharmacies near you. Like I said any bookstore will have a paperback book lusting carbs. I get that freexis always the best price but if you have to get a paperback it shouldn't cost very much.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-04-28 14:15:33 -0500 Report

My pharmacy gave me a carb counting booklet for free. They get them free from the diabetic supply company. If you can't have that they sell paperback books listing carbs for about every food on the planet.

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