By ChrissyRI Latest Reply 2012-08-21 12:25:14 -0500
Started 2012-08-05 06:12:03 -0500

What are they? I never understood the exchange list.

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-06 05:51:32 -0500 Report

I never knew about this, thank goodness more confusion. I count carbs it's easier for me usually no more than 30 per meal I'd even that much!

ChrissyRI 2012-08-06 05:56:45 -0500 Report

I personally don't have more than 40, and a 1500 calorie diet, sodium I stick with the normal of no more than 1500mg per day. But what I was saying was its not recommended for the average person to go over 40-60 carbs per meal. So regardless of who you are counting carbs is easier than exchanges. Probably easier than counting calories too. Lol. I should've clarified what I meant by that

GabbyPA 2012-08-05 18:33:47 -0500 Report

Exchanges are where I started. I found them pretty easy to deal with. It is the same as carb counting but instead of 15g of carbs being 15g they are 1 exchange.

A 15g serving of berries would equal 1 exchange of fruit. It was an easier way for me to count carbs without looking things up. I had an exchange book that listed a lot of baisc foods and how much a portion would be to equal 1 exchange. I was allowed 2-4 exchanges per meal and I just added them up that way.

Now I don't use it, I just count my carbs because I am more familiar with what to do, but in the start, it was not so overwhelming to me to use exchanges.

jayabee52 2012-08-05 09:47:55 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club! Neither do I.

ChrissyRI 2012-08-05 09:50:56 -0500 Report

Lol. People have tried to explain it to me numerous times and I still leave the conversation baffled :)

jayabee52 2012-08-05 15:14:00 -0500 Report

I looked up the "Diabetes Exchanges Esplained" in Google and got this list of results in return ~

Of those results I believe the easiest to understand may be found here ~

Also here is an explanation put forth by the Mayo clinic here ~

I pray these are helpful to you


jayabee52 2012-08-06 01:30:52 -0500 Report

you get THAT many carbs per meal? Seems like a lot to me.

Tops would be 60 per meal for a big 6' something tall man, For females the general rule is 30 to 45 carbs per meal.

Did you get that from a nutritionist using the American Diabetes Assn way of eating? I find them to be rather heavy on the carbohydrates.

ChrissyRI 2012-08-06 05:46:20 -0500 Report

That's a generalization - average person losing weight should have no more than 40-60, no more than 1500 in sodium etc. I meant that in general, not necessarily diabetic, just the everyday person counting carbs. Lol.

ChrissyRI 2012-08-06 05:48:47 -0500 Report

Of course, most of the population do more than that especially with the fast food craze of convenience. There is probably double that in mcdonald's food lol