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  Article ID: 30

  How to count carbohydrate intake

  Mary-Jay Health and Education

  Carbohydrate counting improves your coping ability with Type 1Diabetes

  Most medical experts say that 60 percent of the calories you eat every day should come from carbohydrates. To find out how many carbohydrates you need, multiply the number of calories you need by .6. For example, if you need 1,000 calories per day, 1,000 multiplied by .6 = 600. So you know you need 600 calories from carbohydrates. There are 4 calories in a gram of carbohydrate. Take your 600 calories and divide by 4 = 150 grams.

  Keep your intake carbohydrate at 60% of your calories.

  Adults need between 20 and 35 grams of fiber every day, according to the American Dietetic Association (ADA). According to ADA, Americans currently are only eating between 12 and 17 grams a day. Developing a good food habit is a life style that doesn’t require medical degree or any degree for that matter. Good food habit will safe your life and enhance you quality of life.

  If you have been diagnose for diabetes, you can still make eating fun for you and your family if you get the recipe down right.

  You can begin by working with a certified diabetes educator/registered dietitian to figure out how many grams of carbohydrate to eat at your meals and snacks. Check the fiber list article for carbohydrate options. This will help you to maintain an adequate blood glucose monitoring and the ability to determine the amount of carbohydrates in the meals

 

 

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