Food labels: carbs/sugar

By Breadman84 Latest Reply 2013-11-07 14:07:36 -0600
Started 2013-11-06 12:48:39 -0600

Ball park figure; what's a decent level of carb/sugar content in food?

Family got in light yogurts but it said 7.4g carbs of which 7g sugars.

Is this a lot? Will it affect my blood sugar loads? Or is it low and probs not gonna make too much difference?

4 replies

Glucerna 2013-11-07 14:07:36 -0600 Report

It's great that you're reading food labels, and testing your blood sugar level is the only way you'll find out how different foods affect you. Also look at the fiber content of foods, since fiber is the part of carbohdyrate that our body doesn't digest fully. Usually foods higher in fiber will have less of an impact on your blood sugar level, and eating more fiber is often recommended for good overall health. It's also a good idea to check with your doctor and diabetes education team to find a good range of carbohydrate for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-06 18:39:41 -0600 Report

That is a question no one can really answer because only you know how many carbs you have eaten prior to eating the yogurt. I can eat light and original yogurt but I use it as a snack between lunch and dinner and it doesn't spike me because I don't eat anything but the yogurt.

Carbs can effect each persons blood sugar differently. My problem isn't spiking it is having lows. I just scrolled down and read Graylins suggestion about testing. If you follow her advice, you will find out how foods will effect your blood sugar.

GabbyPA 2013-11-06 18:34:39 -0600 Report

That is one reason greek yogurt has become so popular. It has a lot of protein in it and that can slow the spike of the carbs.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-11-06 14:03:09 -0600 Report

For me, it would be an option. Seems any yogurt with less than 8 g of carbs with most of them sugar carbs, will not raise my BG too much. If the yogurt (or whatever food) has a ratio of about 1.5 g carbs to 1 g protein, the sugar carbs can be up to 12 to 15 carbs. But I will get a spike if the ration is 2 g sugar carbs to 1g or less protein if the sugar carbs are over 12 g carbs.
Other people can have different BG reactions.
A good way to see if it is safe for you, is to test your BG, eat a serving, then test again. Then test every 15 to 30 minutes for the next 2 - 3 hours.