How Well Do You Count Carbs?

One of the first things you learn about food and diabetes is what foods contain carbohydrate and how to keep track of the carbohydrate you eat. Over time, you'll want to occasionally double-check your estimates.

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Counting Carbs

Accurately keeping track of the carbs you eat and adhering to your individual guidelines are keys to controlling your diabetes. Counting carbohydrate grams, or carb counting for short, is a common approach to diabetes meal planning because research shows carbohydrate has the greatest impact on blood glucose.

How many carb grams are in a small bowl of rice? A large apple? A number of years ago, Howard Wolpert, M.D., a senior physician at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston and coauthor of Smart Pumping (American Diabetes Association, 2002), posed these questions to 40 people using insulin pumps. Their guesses ranged from 10 to 60 grams for the rice and 10 to 40 grams for the apple.

The real answers? About 15 grams for 1/3 cup rice and 30 grams for the large apple. What would you have guessed?

Carb Quiz: Can You Guess the Carb Grams?

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