I am very confused about how many carbs to eat daily. One doctor told me 45 carbs per meal, a diabetic teaching group told me to limit my carbs to 90 per day, and then I read other articles which are all over the place. Just what is the answer and how do I count the fiber in a recipe? Again, I was told by one doctor to deduct all the fiber from the carbs in the recipe and another told me to deduct only half the carbs. I am a Type 2 diabetic and struggling to lose weight.
While carb goals can certainly vary from person to person, I’d suggest that you listen to the doctor who recommended 45 grams of carb per meal. Following a low carb eating plan (e.g., 90 grams of carb per day) is one option, but it can also be difficult to restrict your carbs to this extent. It’s important to remember that you still need carbohydrate in your eating plan, even if you have diabetes. The key is to choose healthy carbs (like whole grains, fruits, beans and lower-fat dairy) and to watch your portions. Forty-five grams of carb per meal is a reasonable amount that will provide you with the energy, vitamins and minerals that you need to stay healthy. As far as fiber goes, if you are taking insulin and basing your insulin dose on the amount of carbohydrate that you eat, you can subtract the fiber from the total carbohydrate grams. However, this is not necessary to do if you are not taking any type of diabetes medicine or if you take diabetes pills. But be sure to choose foods that contain fiber, such as whole grain cereals, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, fruits, vegetables and beans. Fiber can help you manage your blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and can also help you feel more full, which is a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight.