Understanding Carbohydrates

Understanding Carbohydrates

How much and what type of carbohydrate foods are important for managing diabetes. The balance between how much insulin is in your body and the carbohydrate you eat makes a difference in your blood glucose levels. Learn more about how much and what foods to include in your meal plan.

Featured book: The Complete Guide to Carb Counting, 3rd Edition

Types of Carbohydrate

Types of Carbohydrates

Learn about the three main types of carbohydrate in food and how they fit into your meal plan.

Carb Counting

Carbohydrate Counting

Use carbohydrate counting to help keep your blood glucose levels in your target range.

Make Carbs Count

Make Your Carbs Count

When you reach for carbohydrate foods, make them count by selecting the most nutrient dense choices.

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