A Quiz from dLife on facts and myths of Carbohydrates

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-03-24 18:26:23 -0500
Started 2014-03-11 19:13:59 -0500

Check out how much you know about Carbohydrates by taking this quiz from dLife ~ http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/quiz/showQuiz.h...

146 replies

jeopardy3 2014-03-16 11:59:48 -0500 Report

there is something else that I would like to add. when your blood sugar is low a quick fix is to drink MILK !! when you drink milk it goes to you pancreas and turns to sugar. and it is a liquid so it doesn't take long to digest it. you don't have to eat sugar if you don't want to gain the weight. that is a mistake I made. but yes, diabetics do crave sugar once in awhile too. I sure do but the trick is just not go over board with it. this is one way to get your blood sugar back up and in a healthy way.

jayabee52 2014-03-24 16:11:04 -0500 Report

Howdy J3
The only way that milk would be useful in a hypo situation is if it were skim, and there was no other high carb food available.

The fat-bearing milks action on the Blood Glucose (BG) levels would be slowed by the fat in the milk. Also the use of Lactose (milk sugar) does not raise one's BG levels as fast or as high as it would with straight glucose. But in a pinch it would do.

something you wrote suggests to me you are not aware of the rule of 15/15. You may find that here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

jeopardy3 2014-03-16 11:58:45 -0500 Report

there is something else that I would like to add. when your blood sugar is low a quick fix is to drink MILK !! when you drink milk it goes to you pancreas and turns to sugar. and it is a liquid so it doesn't take long to digest it. you don't have to eat sugar if you don't want to gain the weight. that is a mistake I made. but yes, diabetics do crave sugar once in awhile too. I sure do but the trick is just not go over board with it. this is one way to get your blood sugar back up and in a healthy way.

VaHermit 2014-03-15 16:34:00 -0500 Report

Good Quiz…learned a little but did fair on the quiz…got 8 right…disagree with one…Rum has no sugar??? then why is it sweet right out of the bottle? Its been 30+ years since I had any but the Jamaican and Myers Rum used to be very sweet.

jayabee52 2014-03-24 16:19:50 -0500 Report

Howdy Hermit
Things can taste sweet but have no sugar in it. So ya can't go strictly by what it tastes like.

lanykins 2014-03-15 12:04:38 -0500 Report

jaybee 52, I just took the quiz. I did terrible! I only got 4 right. I didn't know much about the alcohol questions but I didn't do too great on some others. I have a lot to learn! Didn't expect that. I hope there is a place I can go to learn what I need to. Carbohydrates are really bad for a diabetic diet, it's important to know all I can. Thank you for for the quiz.

jeopardy3 2014-03-16 12:20:52 -0500 Report

don't feel bad Lanykins I have been type 1 for 46 years and I only got a 7 those questions are tricky. I did not believe some of there answers. I always thought brown bread whether it's wheat or oat bread is healthier for you. they said no. I disagree with that. and yes those alcohol questions are tricky also. so don't feel bad. like I said I came from the old school and todays diabetics are being treated a lot differently than I was

jayabee52 2014-03-15 14:16:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Lanykins
you're welcome for the quiz, It served a good purpose if it made you aware of what you need to learn. As far as a place to go to learn about carbs. you have a whole wealth of info here on DC. There are a lot of articles which give good info on carbs. Just take a look at the list of articles on DC developed through a search for "carbohydrates" using the DC search engine ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=c...

God's best fo you!
(BTW you can use my name should you wish)

lanykins 2014-03-15 19:55:41 -0500 Report

Thanks James. I certainly need help on carbs. I will study what we have here on DC. I do know this site is a treasure trove of information. Lani

jeopardy3 2014-03-16 11:44:16 -0500 Report

lanykins once mistake a lot of diabetics make is that they do not know that corn, peas, kidney beans, and cannoloni beans ( or white beans) and potato's are not vegetables. they are considered carbs. because they are so high in starch. some dieticians do not explain that and they just give you a book of all listed categories and leave you to figure it out. but I came from the old school when I was first diagnosed I had to take a class and so did my mother so she would know how to cook for me and I had to know what I could eat when I was not at home. I have been type 1 for 46 years and still counting. good luck and hang in there EVA

jayabee52 2014-03-23 20:25:18 -0500 Report

Well, Lani I feel that a slight correction is in order. Corn, peas, kidney beans, and white beans, carrots and potatoes ARE INDEED vegetables (it is tomatoes which are botanically a fruit) But those listed veggies are starchy or high carb veggies, but botanically they are veggies nonethe less. .

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-18 06:21:56 -0500 Report

The thing with legumes (beans) is that they are loaded with fiber so like so many other starchy carbs in moderation and smaller portions are ok. You must count carb grams and the ones higher in fiber and water content are best.

jayabee52 2014-03-23 20:35:15 -0500 Report

Better still, Sly, since many of us do not react the same way to the same food or drink the best thing IMHO is to learn what foods "play nice" with one's unique metabolism.

You may find a discussion which tells one way to do that here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

With this plan, one can end up with a notebook full of foods and drinks and how they effect one's own specific metabolism.

blakeashton 2014-03-13 11:08:15 -0500 Report

Pregnant women who develop gestational
diabetes may be more at risk of developing heart
disease later in life, according to new research.
Researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern
California in Oakland have published the results of
their 20-year study in the Journal of the American
Heart Association .
Gestational diabetes only occurs during
pregnancy. It happens when hormones activated
during pregnancy weaken the effect of insulin, the
hormone that normally allows cells to absorb
glucose from the blood.
Factors that can make pregnant women at greater
risk of getting gestational diabetes include having
a family history of diabetes, having previously had
an unexplained miscarriage, being older than 25
when they became pregnant or being overweight
before becoming pregnant.

jayabee52 2014-03-13 19:01:58 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing Blake,

But really perhaps this would best be placed in a NEW discussion of its own where more folks can see it rather than bury it in some quiz responses where not many will see it. It would also be important to include the link of where you read that.

Timmmeh3 2014-03-12 21:06:38 -0500 Report

I did worse than I thought. Although I didnt get the important food ones right. I got the ones on rum and beer wrong, and I dont drink or like either of those.

jayabee52 2014-03-13 19:13:02 -0500 Report

Well look at it this way, you've got a lot of room to grow in your knowledge of what makes your Blood Glucose rise or fall. When you learn them you'll be amazing in controlling your BG levels

TopazDee 2014-03-12 17:31:24 -0500 Report

Thanks hun my DESMOND Day taught me more than I realised the only thing I didn't answer was the alcohol ones as even though I am a trained Bar Person I don't drink to many meds to get mixed up with drinks will stick to my diet pepsi.
Stay Safe xxx

jayabee52 2014-03-13 19:07:49 -0500 Report

You're welcome hun! As a trained bar person were you taught the carb content of the drinks you served? Great you are staying away from the alcoholic drinks and staying safe with your meds.

TopazDee 2014-03-14 05:08:23 -0500 Report

No love when I first trained carbs and cals were only spoken of in hospitals and I was a beautifully trim 10st (those were the days but the pounds are coming off slow but sure Dr. very pleased).x

jayabee52 2014-03-15 14:21:47 -0500 Report

yep I didn't think that they were part of bar training. I don't think they are part of the training here too.

Glad the weight is coming off for you.

GabbyPA 2014-03-12 16:39:11 -0500 Report

Well, all the alcohol questions messed me up big time. I am also glad to see they say that carbohydrates are not essential nutrients. Too often people fight a low carb diet because they say we "need" them. Truth is, most everything will eventually give us glucose in the break down. Good Quiz.

camerashy 2014-03-12 13:30:01 -0500 Report

Oh! That was a good one. I missed all 3 of the alcohol questions, because I don't drink anything alcoholic. I quit doing that back in 1989, as being an alcoholic I figure the only way to be safe with it was to NOT do it. But I'm pretty much up on carbs. One of the ways I control my BG is to count carbs before I eat them, so know how much insulin to use.

draco59 2014-03-12 12:58:44 -0500 Report

I got 7 out of 12 also…

palmal 2014-03-12 22:52:01 -0500 Report

Hi draco59, I want to say hello and tell you how much I like the picture you have here. Guess we are never too old or young to learn something new.

palmal 2014-03-12 10:37:35 -0500 Report

WOW I thought I knew most of this, only 6 correct. I am going back to "school".

jeopardy3 2014-03-12 06:56:15 -0500 Report

I come from the old school of dieting. been Type 1 for 46 years. all this new information that is coming out now I am aware of. but I did get 6 out of 12 but some of these points I do NOT AGREE WITH !!!

jayabee52 2014-03-12 11:39:15 -0500 Report

Please share with us those points on which you don't agree

jeopardy3 2014-03-12 12:31:16 -0500 Report

some carbs such as peas, corn, kidney beans, and cannoli beans have more starch in them than other carbs. so that can and will make your blood sugars higher then others. you also eat less other carbs such as rice and pasta because of it as well. when I was first diagnosed for many years I was allowed 1/2 cup of potato's , peas, beans and corn and now it's only 1/4 a cup. and that is a diabetic diet as well. more starch is added to products these days to make them more filling because more and more people are on diets. so to get them to eat less they boosts up the starch in them. read the labels on canned veges. I normally buy frozen veges except for beans and mixed veges cause I just heat them or use them in salads.

camerashy 2014-03-12 13:32:54 -0500 Report

I agree with you about the peas and beans. I have to be careful with them. My doc said NO corn, though, and that includes popcorn. Boo.

camerashy 2014-03-14 16:26:59 -0500 Report

I don't know. My mom does, but my doctor said that even popcorn has the sugar in it that any other corn has.

jayabee52 2014-03-15 16:30:54 -0500 Report

Popcorn has a moderate amount of carbs in it 8 oz of air popped popcorn has 6 gr carbs and 1 gr fiber in it. ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/snacks/56...

whereas "Corn, sweet, white, frozen, kernels cut off cob, boiled, drained, without salt" for 10 oz: Total carbs = 56 g of which 9 g = sugar. see ~ http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetable...

No question in my mind which has the most in the way of carb load.

MDs are typically not trained in nutrition, so may not be the best source of nutrition info.

The reason I asked about the diverticulitis is that the hulls of the popped kernels can get caught in the pockets of the diverticulum and might cause irritation.

camerashy 2014-03-15 20:15:29 -0500 Report

Mom can't eat popcorn, but I found "no-hull popcorn" in bags in the store and send her a bag every now and then. She said it's pretty good.

jeopardy3 2014-03-13 09:40:48 -0500 Report

Oh popcorn is actually very healthy for a diabetic. it has no fat unless you put butter on it and the carbs are so low. also putting salt on it can be bad too if you have high blood pressure. just got to be careful of the unpopped kernels.

Anonymous 2014-03-12 06:54:01 -0500 Report

ok, got most right but please at the beginning of the quiz don't have a big fat doughnut pic staring me in the face! That's just cruel.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-12 08:31:03 -0500 Report

I ate one of those donuts Saturday morning. Didn't do a thing to me because I burned it off by the time I went through Wal-Mart, picked up our new puppy and walked all over the dog dept at PetSmart. By the time I got home 3 hours later I was starving.

jayabee52 2014-03-12 11:24:54 -0500 Report

Happy new pup to you!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-13 19:57:43 -0500 Report

Thanks James, he is a 4 month old 25lb Akita/Sheppard and is cute as a button. He is learning the ropes.

nikeone 2014-03-12 03:15:26 -0500 Report

Right, let's get one thing clear, amino acids are NOT proteins, neither are proteins amino acids. Amino acids are the constituents of proteins. and are handled differently by the body when ingested. Proteins, for example, need to be broken down first. Amino acids are generally absorbed immediately. Its like saying bricks and houses are the same..