No Sugar-Coating: All Carbohydrates Count
Carbohydrates are found in breads, cereals, rice, pasta, fruits, vegetables and dairy products, plus sweet foods such as cookies, cake, ice cream, soft drinks, honey and table sugar.
When managing diabetes, it’s important to monitor all the carbohydrates you eat because, regardless of the source, carbohydrates are quickly broken down by the body into glucose in your body.
This might surprise you if you thought you only needed to be careful about the sugar in your diet or that choosing “sugar free” foods was enough. But the fact is carbohydrates from any source are quickly broken down by the body into glucose.
The goal is to monitor the total amount of carbohydrates you take in and eat about the same amount at each meal and snack according to your meal plan. Your RD or CDE may teach you to count the grams of carbohydrates you consume to manage your blood glucose levels.
For special occasions, you can enjoy desserts and other sweet foods with some smart planning.