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Conquering Carbs

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You might think that people with diabetes should skip eating carbs all together, since carbs raise blood glucose levels, but carbs can be smartly included in a well balanced diet. It would be impossible to get a nutritionally balanced diet without plant foods, and all plant foods contain carbohydrates.

It's all about being aware of what you're consuming, counting carbs, reaching for low carb foods whenever possible, and testing your blood sugar to find out how different foods affect it.

The good news is that the healthiest way to eat is the same whether you have diabetes or not. Most people are best off consuming a diet of nutrient-dense, whole foods that are low in glycemic impact (i.e., have only a small effect on your blood glucose level).

Learn more about carbs and find lists of nutritious, low carbohydrate foods to make sure your diet is anything but boring.

Click here to download a printable .pdf version of this slideshow.

Reviewed by Susan Weiner, RD, MS, CDE, CDN, 10/12.


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