By tazzieosco2632 Latest Reply 2013-09-17 13:47:45 -0500
Started 2013-09-05 12:38:51 -0500

i am having a very hard time understanding on how to count the carbs on the labels…so if some one can help me understand them a little better it would be great

9 replies

Bun10 2013-09-11 19:18:24 -0500 Report

A carb is a carb is a carb is not necessarily true. There are good carbs and bad carbs. White bread, white rice, white potatoes, cake and cookies are not where you want to go. Avoid "enriched" flour. That means the sheath has been stripped of all the good stuff. The more "fiber" under carbs, the better. Check out the glycemic index. Remember to check how many servings in a box or can. If you eat the whole can of soup times the value by the number of servings. Checking sodium and avoiding transfats is usually something diabetics need to track. Keep the sodium in the 400 range. For instance, a can of Hormel Turkey Chili (sounds much healthier, right?) actually has 1250 milligrams of Sodium in one serving. That's 2500 per can!!!! Imagine what that could do to your blood pressure. Diabetics need to worry about heart health. It's not just about sugars. I try for 39 to 45 carbs per meal. 18 ish carbs for a snack. And as has already been said, hook up with a nutritionist. Good Luck. Losing 50 lbs was a blessing for me.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-09-06 20:03:49 -0500 Report

Total carbs are what you count, but you have to subtract for sugar alcohols and fiber, as they don't impact blood sugar. I like the Atkins products because they have the full nutrition label and the Net carb count so I can see the variations. Also, get in touch with a diabetes educator and get a booklet or pamphlet that shows serving sizes and carbs. Ex: one medium orange = 15 carbs (or one carb serving) It really helped me to "see" my plate. Plus all the "free" foods- you'd be surprised how you can fill a plate for a whole meal in under 15 NET carbs if you plan ahead.

I love carb counting for diet & diabetes control. Type 1 and a A1-C of 6.7. I'd say its working.

Angel the Dr.
Angel the Dr. 2013-09-05 16:02:10 -0500 Report

First look for the quantity of the product that has that carbs given below the level at total carbohydrates then In the level look for total carbohydrates: that is the number you want

barancan 2013-09-05 13:45:16 -0500 Report

Hey tazzie, can you be a little more spesific? What kind of problems are you facing when you try to count carbs? I am 23 and have been type1 for 9 years and counting carbs for 7 years. Let me help you, just be more spesific :)

blueeyes33 2013-09-15 21:41:03 -0500 Report

Hey..I need a meal planner. One that I can give me options on what to eat. Like ex..45 grams of carbs is ..cheerios milk or yogurt and fruit etc.. A plan I can look at and stick to.lol

barancan 2013-09-16 00:22:01 -0500 Report

If you have a smartphone, there are a lot of applications where you can find the carbs of the specific food. Find 3-4 food you like that amount to 45 carbs. Please use them, they are really useful. After a few weeks, you'll be able to do it by yourself.

tazzieosco2632 2013-09-14 21:52:33 -0500 Report

ok…what i dont understand is when they say eat 40-60 carbs for morning and lunch and dinner…the other thing is how do u know that u are eating that much carbs and also how can u add the carbs up to that…i just dont understand i know that 15 grams = to one carb choice…how about this if u can type it out on how to do it it mit help…or what info u can give me mit help

GabbyPA 2013-09-15 06:16:15 -0500 Report

You have to know what a serving size is. I think that is what you are missing. 15 grams of carbs is different in different foods. Say a 3/4 cup serving of fresh sliced strawberries is the same as 6 Ritz crackers. So you have to know the serving amount and then you can add up by how much you have eaten. does that help?
Also, this is my favorite video on carb counting. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-videos/general/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting