The chart is excellent and very up-to-dated and accurate. A lot of charts aren't. Most people think a serving size of cooked pasta and rice is 1/2 cup (some think it's a cup). Even oatmeal. A lot of people measure 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal and think they can cook and eat the whole thing because "1/2 cup of oatmeal is one serving". Yes,1/2 cup of oatmeal is one serving - but cooked, not uncooked. Unfortunately even armed with the best and latest information and the best dietitians, it's still a hit and miss a lot of times. So many variables - your weight, size of your waist/belly, how long you've been a diabetic, how insulin resistant your body is, how weak your pancreas is even if your Type II, your overall health, if your sick or in pain, emotions, how much exercise before or after eating carbs, what kinds of carbs, fiber content, sugar alcohol content, how much protein and fat did you eat with the carb (even hours before), how quickly you digest food, how was the food cooked (pasta - al dente? even an over riped banana will raise your sugar more than a firm banana) how your feeling - physically, emotionally, mentally, stress level, when you took your meds, winter months in cold climates and even if your pancreas decides to work more or less then usual after you have eaten a carb or two. Each person's body is different. A lot of people eat healthy popcorn (whole grain) - 2-3 cups. I find even one cup raises my sugar. Yet, I can eat a lot of chocolate with no consequences except for weight gain. Dark chocolate actually lowers my sugar. Interestingly, I have cut way back on my whole grains and increased my fruit. I'm finding it's working for me even though according to what I read and what I've been told, it's not supposed to - my sugar is suppose to rise too high. It doesn't. The point is, what works for one person, doesn't for another. Not to mention, just when you think you have figured out the "secret keys" to successful A1C's, your body changes again, and it's back to square one. As my endocrinologist says, "Welcome to the wonderful world of diabetes!"
- 8/20/2009 8:35:34 PM