carbs in recipes

By bighammer Latest Reply 2015-01-24 13:34:14 -0600
Started 2015-01-21 16:52:08 -0600

I am confused about carbs in recipes , in the diabetic recipes some are higher than others and this is ok for diabetics ?

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Type1Lou 2015-01-22 13:03:40 -0600 Report

Many "so-called diabetic-friendly" recipes are way too high in carbohydrates for me. I limit myself to 120 total grams of carb per day. Each one of us has different carb levels that will work for us and no one answer fits everyone with diabetes. IMO, CARBOHYDRATE AWARENESS and control is essential in managing one's diabetes. Determine how many carbs are in all of the things that pass your lips. Determine how many carbs per day you are currently eating and, if you need to improve your BG's and/or lose weight, reduce the daily amount of carbs you allow yourself. Just because something says it's "sugar-free" doesn't mean that it is free of carbs. Many lower-fat products have more carbs than their comparable regular versions…read the labels. Hope this has helped dispel some of the confusion.

Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-22 06:12:30 -0600 Report

As a newly diagnosed diabetic I also looked at the diabetes magazines on the store counters. I was extremely confused at the recipes. They seems very carb heavy and not at all inclusive of the good foods we need to be eating. For now I am following the Eat Clean principles which is naturally low carb (although not carbless as it includes whole grains). Following a diet that emphasizes whole foods, low carbs, high proteins, and healthy fats is best. Within those guidelines you can find what works for you. I have actually found that the foods I am preparing for myself taste great. I do spend a lot more time in the kitchen now.

jayabee52 2015-01-22 10:14:54 -0600 Report

Howdy Sean
I suspect that the recipes in the Diabetes mags were influenced by the ADA (diabetes Assn) who has a higher level of acceptable carbs than do many of us.

I have gone my own way and in broad ways have pretty much followed a meal plan which is similar to the "eat clean principles" you mentioned.

God's best to you

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-21 19:48:56 -0600 Report

I think that 90% of recipes designed for diabetics have no business being labeled that way. At the very least they should not contain any white flour, rice or pasta…I ate these "diabetic" recipes for the first month after I was diagnosed and couldn't get my BG under control..I have since gone low carb and am doing very well. What you need to do is decide how you want to deal with YOUR diabetes…ask yourself how much medicine you are willing to take to support your carb load..If you want to take a minimal amount…eat a minimal amount of carbs..If you don't mind taking multiple meds or not coming off meds completely at one point you can eat more carbs…I suggest you research the ADA recommended diet…then research low carb diabetic diets…and decide which route you want to take..

Pegsy 2015-01-21 18:46:12 -0600 Report

No it is not. At least not for me. I cannot consume anything with white flour in it. I actually don't eat much whole wheat either. You really have to be cautious with recipes. Even here.