Carbohydrate Counting In a Nutshell

Sep 22, 2017 | Healthy Living

What is it?
Carbohydrate counting is a method of calculating the grams of carbohydrates you consume in your meals and snacks. It can help you manage your blood glucose and help you choose what and how much to eat.

Unlike the plate method or use of a nutrition label, carb counting is deeply rooted in specific individual needs. Finding the best balance in your diet depends on many variables, like weight, activity level, lifestyle and eating habits. Depending on how you manage your diabetes you may need more or fewer carbohydrates at different meals.

How does it work?

  • 1 carb serving = 15 grams.
  • In general, you want to aim for 3 carb servings at each meal, or about 45 grams.
  • For optional snacks, aim for 3 a day with 1 carb serving each, or 15 grams.
  • If you’re considering a diet plan, like Atkins, South Beach, Ketogenic or Paleo, please make sure to consult your physician before starting any of these regimens.
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