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Test Your Carb Smarts:
Which Has More Carbs?

People with diabetes count carbs to help keep their blood sugar in line and often to help with weight management, too. We know that different foods have different effects on blood sugar, depending on their glycemic index, fiber content, and even what other foods are eaten at the same time. But knowing the carb score is still the best place to start. So, which do you think has more carbs?

Reviewed by Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN 08/14.

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