One of the most important things for those with diabetes to keep track of is their intake of carbohydrates. This nutrient is known to strongly affect an individual’s blood sugar levels, meaning that anything containing it needs to be consumed carefully. Knowing which foods are rich in carbohydrates, and how much of it you can eat in a day is crucial for those looking to control their diabetic symptoms. This becomes especially apparent when you consider how many of the things we consume on a daily basis contain this nutrient.
For some general guidelines, here are a few common foods that are rich in carbohydrates:
- Dairy products
- Certain vegetables
- Starches (pasta, bread, cereal and whole grains)
Ideally, you will want to consult your doctor as to how many carbohydrates you should be eating per day. This number will be largely influenced by your age, gender, body type, level of physical fitness and a variety of other factors. That being said, there are some general guidelines you can follow when it comes to determining how many carbohydrates you should be consuming daily:
- Active individuals looking to maintain weight: 100-150 grams per day
- For steady weight loss, or carb sensitive individuals, such as those with diabetes: 50-100 grams per day
- For fast weight loss, only to be done under a doctor’s approval: 20-50 grams per day
The type of carbohydrates you consume is just as important as monitoring your daily intake. Stay away from processed carbohydrates, commonly found in pasta, cereal, white bread, white rice and sweets. Instead, get your source of this nutrient from whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
Although these guidelines are an excellent starting point for understanding what your intake of carbohydrates should be, we still urge you to speak with a doctor or nutritionist in order to determine what sort of dietary changes would be optimal for you. This is especially true if you’re deciding to make any sort of sudden modifications to your eating habits, which in turn can influence your diabetic symptoms.
Note: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek medical advice for any questions regarding a medical condition or changes in your treatment.