Mission Nutrition: Carbs

RAYT721
By RAYT721 Latest Reply 2010-08-04 01:55:20 -0500
Started 2010-08-03 19:42:54 -0500

Let me begin this discussion by telling you that I am not trying to blow up my DC friends to look like the blueberry girl in the Willie Wonka movie.

I found this quote, word for word, from the website Dlife.Com and wanted to share with you:

“The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that approximately 50 percent to 60 percent of total daily calorie intake should be in the form of carbohydrates. Some people may find this range works for them, but others will find that consuming that amount hampers their diabetes control. Working with your diabetes care team to discover how different foods and carb levels impact your control is the best way to determine your optimal daily carb intake level.”

What?

This article is saying that based on my caloric needs (1750 cals/day) I can have 850-1050 of my calories from carbs? There are four (4) calories per gram for carbohydrates. This means that I am allowed 212.5 – 262.5 grams of carbs per day, according to the ADA guidelines. That’s A LOT in my opinion.

According to that article on Dlife.Com, “people with diabetes must pay close attention to their dietary intake, portion sizes, and meal frequency. What you eat, or more specifically the carbohydrates (or carbs) in the food you eat, are the body’s main source of glucose. Foods high in dietary carbohydrates include sugar, starchy foods like potatoes and pasta, and grain-based foods like breads and cereals. Carbohydrates can also be found in dairy products and fruits and vegetables, as well as many beverages.”

The article, “Controlling Carbs,” goes on to say, “Diabetes does not mean that these carbohydrate-containing foods must be completely cut out of the diet; in fact, many of these foods contain nutrients that are essential to good health. However, their intake must be carefully controlled and other blood glucose lowering tools such as exercise should be used to balance out their effects. For most people, special treats such as a slice of birthday cake can be an occasional indulgence as long as portions are controlled and they’re figured into the overall daily carbohydrate and calorie allowance. Careful postprandial (after-meal) blood sugar testing and logging is an excellent tool for understanding the impact of new foods on blood glucose levels.”

Carbs are not bad. Carbs give us energy. But I believe that American Diabetes Association is far too lenient on their recommendations. So, for the sake of turning this into a discussion…

What kind of carb restrictions are you trying to adhere to in your nutritional goals?


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SkipT
SkipT 2010-08-04 01:55:20 -0500 Report

I follow the Dr. Bernstein program. Six grams of carbs at breakfast, and twelve grams of carbs at lunch and dinner. A very strict program that has given me excellent results. Last A1C was 5.5. I take no meds. By the way, carbs are really not necessary. The term neoglucogenesis (quite the tongue twister) means that the body will take protein and turn it into glucose.

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