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Carbohydrate-Counting Chart for People with Diabetes

A Single-Serving Reference Guide

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  • JELABEDI
    seems I must agree on the lack of "real food" inf. I also eat green beans, rarely eat cakes, and my primary beverges are milk, coffee, water , and orange juice. I rely on package labels, but no inf. on a bunch of brocolli or green onions. Sometimes I'm hurt by the assumption that my diet consists of junk food. - 1/26/2013 7:14:35 PM
  • If I ate like they are suggesting I would probably be dead by now. How can you still recommend that a diabetic eat breads and even fruit which is the worst kind of sugar? OMG. PLEASE do your homework, everyone. - 10/26/2012 5:15:05 PM
  • LIMAJAHAN
    I m PCOS patient, trying to conceive, dr suggests me to take low carb food, so this also helps me a lot, thank u very much. It will b very helpful for me if u give some meal plan only for PCOS patient. Thanks again. - 10/6/2012 11:19:11 PM
  • JLKL1980
    Thanks Unicorn for the tip about the print button! I would have never found it by myself. - 8/20/2012 10:51:46 AM
  • On my screen, the print button is off the edge of the screen on the left margin. - 5/20/2012 7:59:55 PM
  • At the top of the article was a print button. I clicked on it and it came up with the page , minus the ads, and including a very readable copy of the chart. Great article. Though I don't have diabetes, I believe in the science of the glycemic index and this chart supports that. - 2/11/2012 3:16:50 PM
  • Could someone please send me the ink so I can print off this list everyone is talking about? Thank you so much! - 11/14/2011 2:44:08 PM
  • Gee, I wish she had shown some of the healthful choices that DON'T have a high number of carbs, like virtually every food listed in that chart. Where are the green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and mushrooms? Those juices are virtually sugar water, cooked until any vitamin content is gone.

    A comment on some of the Atkins comments:

    ~ Your brain does need glucose, but your body makes it as needed.

    ~ Atkins is not a high-protein diet, which can certainly be problematic for anyone with kidney function issues. It's a low sugar and starch program. Many people make the mistake of trying to go low fat as well as low carb, and that leads to high protein. Fat in the diet does not translate to fat on the backside or plastered on the arterial walls.

    ~ No way of eating can guarantee that you'll never have a heart attack, but certainly low carb plans have been proven to lower blood pressure and insulin levels. Lowering both of those leads to lower incidences of heart disease statistically. - 10/21/2011 1:54:27 PM
  • IHNCBEAP
    I am so glad I found your website. I cannot afford a Dietician Counselor. So reading your articles have helped me to understand some things about being a diabetic. nce again, Thank you. - 8/23/2011 4:16:56 PM
  • Great article! And I read lately that the brain operates entirely on carbohydrates.
    As for Atkins, I know a body builder/trainer for a college who followed Atkins for years. Great body, lots of muscle, and he had very serious heart attack in his 40's. Had to change his diet. - 8/17/2011 6:41:58 PM
  • I wish I could get a printable copy of the chart - it would be very handy! - 8/17/2011 7:45:32 AM
  • I see that WiseWife has posted about Atkins. I was once in her shoes and proclaimed how great that plan is for diabetics. However, I ended up with some renal damage, due to eating too much protein. So be sure to get some guidelines on how much protein you should have each day, if you are going to follow Atkins! - 7/7/2011 2:40:40 AM
  • This may be lame, but the item I am most excited about on the charts is the breakdown of fruit servings. I've been completely daunted by the recommended daily number in the past. I had no idea that so little fruit count as so much. - 1/7/2011 11:29:31 AM
  • NJ_HOU
    Based upon my experience with the Am Diabetes Assn, I would NEVER believe them. When my husband was in the hospital back in 2002 , the hospital complained at him he was not controlling his sugar levels. Well, I complained to the dietician that giving him sugar wafers as a dessert was NOT what a diabetic needed. The dietician with backing of Am Diabetes Assn printouts basically said a calorie is a calorie and that was supposed to be that. I have never again contributed to them and do not ever recommend the hosptial. these people also gave him sugar in his jello, sugar in his spagetti sauce, etc. Maybe for some diabetics this approach is fine but for my husband and other diabetics like him he could not have much if any glucose type sugars or his blood sugar would be off. These people just treat everyone in a cookie cutter fashion. - 1/6/2011 10:14:07 AM
  • ROSALINDK
    Thanks for ths great chart, I printed it out and will keep it handy for quick reference. I am a diabetic so it is very important for me to keep track of my carbs and the grams in a serving. - 12/18/2010 12:39:50 AM

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