jim hammock
By jim hammock Latest Reply 2010-08-29 07:18:12 -0500
Started 2010-08-15 12:46:40 -0500

Would l be correct in saying that carbs from sweets are no better or worst than any other carb?If a small treat is included in your carb goals for a meal,i would think it was O.K.

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Kaiyle 2010-08-24 23:54:00 -0500 Report

What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

RAYT721 2010-08-15 13:24:29 -0500 Report

carbs are carbs whether in the form of starch or sugar or whatever. They add up, which is why carb control and carb consciousness is important. But carbs are not only of importance to diabetics but to anyone and everyone who is looking to reduce their waistlines and weight. Let's face it… natural sugar is not good for us but neither is corn syrup, sweeteners, and half of the stuff we put into our mouths and bodies. As long as you use sanity with moderation and control, there are no right or wrong answers. It's your tastebuds, body and meter than means more than any diet book or research out there. The words of wisdom are, "to thine own self be true." What works for one person won't work for another so as long as you do your best and be your best, the best will happen for you. A gram of carb in a potato is the same as a gram of carb in a candy bar. Use judgment and wisdom in all that you do.

Lakeland 2010-08-15 14:01:33 -0500 Report

It was helpful for me to learn . . . High fiber is a carb that takes longer to process, so you can deduct the fiber number from the number of carbs if it's 4gr+ fiber.

So I like to use fiber one cerial bars as a candy bar knowing it won't spike my sugar.

RAYT721 2010-08-15 14:07:30 -0500 Report

I prefer the Atkins bars but I am into Fiber One bars for the taste. You're right about the fiber (and sugar alcohols) coming off the carb totals. Who said high school algebra was useless??? I frequently find that x-z = y and that i before e except after carbs equals what I would do for a Klondike bar!!!

RAYT721 2010-08-24 22:20:37 -0500 Report

71: if a carb grams has 5 grams of protein or more, you half the grams of carbs. IE… 10 grams of carbs with 5 grams of fiber means that you deduct 2-1/2 grams from the carb to get the "net carbs" which means instead of 10 g carbs, it's actually 7-1/2 grams of NET carbs. This then leads to the questions about how much wood a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck even would consider chucking wood.

seventyonedragonflies 2010-08-24 22:55:12 -0500 Report

wow, i didn't know that! cool, thanks! i am going to have to read this in the a.m. and start noticing YET another thing… but this one is a good one.

monkeymama 2010-08-15 13:12:23 -0500 Report

In my professional and personal stand point of view yes. Sweets are not always good just as every other carb. There is the draw back of this based on a persons body and how it reacts to carbs and sweets. Everyone's body is going to metabolize something differently than the next. I have heard of some people say that certain sweets will effect their BG differently than others. Just as long as you carb it into your meal and you don't make a big habit of doing it. You should be able to do this BUT know that if the sweet effects your BG in a bad way; this should give you a bigger picture. Everything we do is a trial and error process for us. It is especially interesting, that some people who use the insulin pump (like myself), take advantage of the sweet thing. I have talked to some that say, "I can just carb in for this and it won't matter…". Above all, just be responsible, carb it in, and evaluate how it effects your BG.