Carbohydrate Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes
Fill the large section with nonstarchy veggies. Fill one small section with grains, starchy veggies, or cooked beans and peas, and the other with meat or another protein food. Add a cup of low-fat milk and a piece of fruit, and you’ve got a balanced meal.
Although carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet, they raise your blood sugar. If you have type 2 diabetes, you need to aim for a balanced carb intake.
Carbs are found in a variety of foods. You can check food labels to find the carb content, or use a website, app, or book to help you.
The American Diabetes Association recommends getting about 45% of your total calories from carbs.
- There are several methods to help you plan meals, including carb counting, exchange lists, glycemic index, and the plate method.
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