carbs...this may be an obvious question...

By DanaLynn Latest Reply 2009-10-03 19:29:06 -0500
Started 2009-10-02 15:14:18 -0500

When reading labels, what are the carb numbers I need to be looking out for? And what are the max total carbs you should consume in a day?

19 replies

Antique-Dave 2009-10-03 10:08:43 -0500 Report

I agree with the need to experiment and test to see how you react to different types of carbs.

Some say if its white don't bite

So white rice is probably not your best choice, but give the brown rice a try, less processed the better. It may have a similar carb count per serving but the whole grains and whole foods absorb more slowly because of the additional fiber and may not spike you as fast or as high as the other.

What you are looking for are friendly foods that will not spike you at a high level for an extended amount of time. If you are spiked high enough for glycosylation to occur then it raises your A1C and that can lead to other complications.

The only way you will know is by experimenting and testing. I have learned that I can eat a whopper junior with the bun, I do have small servings of rice, potato, and pasta, I can eat a slice or two of bread in a day if I want to. My A1C went down to 5.7 this month but my cholesterol went up some so there is a trade off for me and it provided more info that will affect how I manage my D. I want to have it all including a lower cholesterol number.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-10-03 14:45:35 -0500 Report

I have also used brown rice, the only thing is you need to allow a lot more time to cook it, suppose as it isn't highly processed, which is the reason it is good for us. I think that I will try rough, cracked/whole wheat, (Ralston—-)too, for a breakfast cereal, I always liked it as a kid.

Best Wishes!! PR

DanaLynn 2009-10-03 09:10:56 -0500 Report

OK, so looks like I'm gonna have a white rice melt down!!! lol I eat it every day. I Looooooove it. Any suggestions. I read wheat, but what about Jasmine…any thoughts? And what is polished and unpolished rice. this is new terms to me and I'm a rice eater.

kdroberts 2009-10-03 09:30:00 -0500 Report

Rice is essentially rice, none will be great for blood sugar. Try some out and test to see if any work for you.

SkipT 2009-10-03 12:19:18 -0500 Report

Here is a great substitute for white rice using cauliflower:

Bekki Diabetic
Bekki Diabetic 2009-10-03 15:41:48 -0500 Report

Skip, thanks for the website. The califlower sounds wonderful plus they have some other great ideas.

jigsaw 2009-10-03 15:53:52 -0500 Report

I am also a lover of rice but I rarely eat it!
The cauliflower idea is terrific! My wife must have found a similar recipe! She's been cooking it up now for quite some time with garlic and all kinds of flavorings. Tastes terrific.

jtausch 2009-10-03 16:37:53 -0500 Report

as long as you only 1/4 cup you would be ok, I hav eaten white rice for thirty years almost everyday now just a few bites and AI seem to have no problems.

Tia Shirley
Tia Shirley 2009-10-02 23:52:40 -0500 Report

As has been shared here everyone is a little bit different in what they can have. My doctor has suggested 2 to 3 carbs each meal and 1 carb for a snack. Each carb when reading labels is 15 grams. I am now trying to eat healthier carbs like fruits and healthy choices rather than the bread and pastas that I love. Good luck on discovering what will work best for u.

Anonymous 2009-10-02 22:40:49 -0500 Report

It is a good question! When reading a label I look for the total grams of carbohydrate per serving and take a careful look at how the manufacturer defines a "serving". The amount of carbs can be deceptively low for what you eat compared to what is defined as a serving. Take ice cream - does any one eat 1/2 cup as a serving? (Well now I actually indulge in about 1/4 c when I am desparate, but heavan knows I never used to - used to be a "bowl" of ice cream which measured would be 2 cups. That means I would be multiplying the total carbs per serving on the label by 4 to know the cards I was consuming, if that makes sense. Best wishes and ask any question that comes to mind. Perhaps there is a nutritionist who would like to take a crack at answering this one for you, too.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-10-03 08:49:34 -0500 Report

Me too, on the size of serving!! Was really upset when I read the SIZE of ice cream serving—-chheeezzzz 1/2 c would just wet my whistle, but after doing WITHOUT for about 2 months, I just SLOWLY savor that 1/2 c and let it drizzle down my throat——so sweet and soothing—whoops better be careful or I will really dig in again—-it is easier every time you eat the smaller amount, or none—now things seem too sweet, when I do indulge. Pat R

jigsaw 2009-10-03 15:22:03 -0500 Report

Pat—I don't know how you exercize moderation with ice cream! One taste for me and it's fireworks on the palate!!! My taste buds literally explode with joy! I would eat a pint with no problem. Soooo I can't go near the stuff. I can't even think about it! Now I'm drooling, so I think I'll go bother my sweet wife. That will get my mind straight!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-10-03 19:29:06 -0500 Report

haha—I didn't say that just eating 1/2 dish was EASY! Sometimes I do break over and indulge, only am finding that sometimes it is too sweet! Can you imagine that? You know what I did yesterday? I ordered a diet Dr Pepper with one dip of vanilla ice cream and I felt so sinfully delicious!! hah—PatR

mamaoak 2009-10-03 15:28:09 -0500 Report

yes i had half a cup last night made a chocolate sunday have not had one in a few months did not have that many carbs ror supper so i exchanged and had ice creamer diet one really good.

Sarguillo 2009-10-02 17:50:18 -0500 Report

Best to sit with a dietician to figure out what will work best for you. There are (even on this board) a wide agreement on what is enough carbs or too much carbs.

in this corner, is SkipT, Lightweight, Champion of the nil amount of carb diet (and one of my heros on this board).

In that corner is most of us all who tend to follow the ADA on recomended carb diets.

I wish I had the will to follow the diet Skip does.
If I had the will power, I could probably get off all meds and control my diabetes with diet and exersise alone.

Either way you look at it, the lower amount of carbs you eat, the easier it is on your body, as long as you do eat some carbs.
Total lack of carbs can and will effect your kidneys.

Good luck.

SkipT 2009-10-02 20:06:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for the good words. You aren't doing so bad yourself. I always look forward to your responses.

kdroberts 2009-10-02 17:19:50 -0500 Report

You will have to figure out the max carbs by using your meter to see how many you can eat each meal.

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