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Wed Oct 23 13:49:10 UTC 2013

I am trying to understand how low carb & low calorie foods are healthy even if they include rather high amounts of fat...ex. Cheese.
Asked By: feretina  

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Trying to consume 100 carbs or lower each day. I don't understand how veggies and fruits count against the limit as well as junk food. Don't good carbs get extra credit?
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2014-03-19 14:44:06.0

Dear feretina,

You ask a very good question. It’s a subject many people find confusing. If you are sticking to around 100 grams of carbs per day and your health is good, congratulations! Controlling carbs is usually the best way to keep blood sugar in control, not to mention weight and other health issues.

To answer your question about good carbs vs. bad carbs, remember that plant foods contain disease-fighting nutrients and fiber. Fiber is nature’s helpful little roadblock, interfering with carbohydrates’ trip to becoming glucose in your bloodstream. That’s why experts say you can subtract grams of fiber from your total carb count. With junky carbs like bread, cakes and soft drinks, it’s a straight and speedy, empty-calorie road right to a blood glucose spike.

To learn more about why and how fat has gotten a bad rap, check out these dLife articles:

What if Saturated Fat is Not the Problem?

Nix the Nonfat Milk, Chuck the Lowfat Cheese

Answered By: Lynn Prowitt
Accreditations: Senior Editor, Food and Nutrition
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2013-11-08 12:39:47.0

Many diabetics successfully treat their diabetes with a ketogenic diet. It's a high fat, low carb diet. Many resources about ketogenic diet, so you might try searching the Internet for diabetes and ketogenic. good carbs are only good if they do not raise your blod sugar too high! Everyone can eat a different amount. Find what works best for you.
Answered By: maryleesunseri

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