Different carbs there really is out there

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-03-07 14:31:46 -0600
Started 2009-03-07 05:23:42 -0600

Okay, my fiance and I are really slowly TRYING to work on this diet so thanks to someone's informations we are going to skim milk…we already did 1%, tried skim, so cool and thanks to whomever that was (sorry I don't recall who). Anyhow my point, Gabby shocked me with a note saying that fruit was a carb, I have NO clue they were considered that. I knew your sugar could go up but wow. I am looking for thoughts, ideas, information about carbs. I LOVE potatoes and yeah I know they are a no no, I love pasta, I mean that is what I really eat, even for a breakfast food. Please help. And he asked how do you count carbs, like if it was potatoes or something of that? Thanks all! Sheila

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lipsie 2009-03-07 14:31:46 -0600 Report

Wow, I just read that out loud to Ty (fiance) and myself. We are both VERY shocked! We had NO idea that veggies had carbs, or bacon at that. And I give you so much thank you's for giving us all that information. It was truely helpful, it'll take some time to catch on and get use to but I now have a interest to do this, that's a start for me. I don't know, I think I am kind of taking things more serious, but becoming challenged too so I am so involved lately. But yes, we appreciate your time and help. Sheila

rbergman 2009-03-07 08:10:28 -0600 Report

Ok, most packaged foods have the carb grams listed on the back of the package, for instance, a box of cereal may say TOTAL CARB and say 22g, then you look at the serving size because that is what the carb grams are based on, so lets say it says 1 serving equals 1/2 cup. So, every half cup = 22g of carbs. My daughter and I follow 125-150g of carbs per day.
Here is the trick we learned for NON packaged foods such as fruits, veggies, and potatoes. NON-starchy veggies such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers 1cup raw is equal to 5g of carbs, or 1/2cup cooked is 5g. Most fruits count as 15g of carbs if it fits in the palm of your hand, or is a small banana. Starchy veggies such as potatoes, peas, corn also depend on the size or portion, for 1/2Cup of mashed taters it is 15g, for a 3oz baked potato it is also 15g. 1/2 cup corn or 5oz corn on the cob, 1/2cup peas, and 1/2 cup sweet potatoes =15g of carbs.
Most meats are 0g of carbs but give you your fat and protein content you need everyday. There are a few exceptions such as Bacon, it is considered a saturated fat and 1 cooked slice is 5g of carbs.
We got this great booklet from our dietitian that is part of the "Changing Life with Diabetes" education series and is called "Carb Counting and Meal Planning-tools to help you plan your meals." I don't know if you can find it online or if you can only get it from a nutritionist or dietitian.
It lists all foods, Condiments, Seasonings, some drinks and it also gives you ways of counting things such as home-made soups and stews, frozen meals and a fast food list.
The main thing to remember is, if it says 1 carb that means it is 15g of carbs. It is easier to count carb grams than it is whole carbs but it takes time and you will learn, we've only been doing it for a month and still make a few goofs. I have found without having to buy specialty breads that Sara Lee has the lowest carb grams which are between 13-15g per slice. A friend just brought us a loaf of bread last night made by BrownBerry, its called Carb Counting Multi-Grain and it only has 9g per slice, I would not have bought it myself as it is nearly $5 per loaf and considering your not gaining much by only cutting a few carb grams, it isn't worth the extra money vs. buying Sara Lee or other breads.
The main thing is try to stay away from boxed foods and packaged or processed foods as much as possible or keep it in moderation. Try more natural foods and whole foods in your diet, candy and chocolate in moderation as well as other sweets such as cakes and pies. You can still eat them but in moderation. Use things such as Truvia or Stevia sweeteners instead of sugar, use whole wheat flour in recipes that call for flour by cutting the flour in half and using the whole wheat as the other half of the flour called for in a recipe.
I know this is a lot to remember and if you look online there are websites that have lists of carb grams in foods as well. www.diabeticliving.com has other good carb information as well. Also, the more fiber you add the better, it helps you feel full longer because it digests slower and stays in your digestive system longer, plus if the fiber grams are 5g or more you can subtract 1/2 or all of the fiber grams from your carb grams, depending on which way your taught.
I hope this helps some, it takes time but if your willing to stick to it you'll learn pretty quick.


rbergman 2009-03-07 13:59:35 -0600 Report

This link will also give you a detailed 4-5 page list of foods and the carb grams in them plus calories etc if I can't find it elsewhere I refer to this list, it is also printable. The only downside is the foods aren't in any specific order as far as alphabetical and some appear on more than 1 page because it is based on the amount of the food not the food itself but it does help still.

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