Thursday, May 14, 2009
Eating Healthy Carbs will control blood sugar
Fact; all carbs matters, says Becky Abel, R.N., CDE. Director of the Diabetes Self-management Center for the LHC Group in Lafayette, Louisiana. One of Abel’s patients with high glucose was shocked to learn that her daily tropical fruit smoothies packed 126 grams of carbohydrates-eight carb servings! Sure, it was made with healthful fruit, but good-for-you ingredients don’t negate the carbs. Healthy trail mix, whole grain cereals, and sweet potatoes supply nutrients, but they’re packed with carbs too, and your body is aware of every one. In a curious moment, I weighed some apples and oranges. Most haad 25-30 grams of carbs, equaling, two servings of fruit, not one. Yikes! So I started buying bagged fruits, which are often smaller. Weighing and measuring portions really helps. With practice, you’ll get better at knowing what a serving looks like. The moral of this history; count the carbs-all carbs.