Portion control is a key factor to consider when managing your weight. If you are a diabetic, there may be further information you need to learn regarding portion sizes. That information being, how many grams of carbohydrates are in a portion, and how it affects blood sugar. Most portions of carbohydrate rich foods recommended to diabetics contain 15 grams of carbohydrates. For example, foods that contain carbohydrates are fruit, dairy (milk and yogurt), starchy vegetables (corn, peas, potatoes, beans) and grains (processed and whole grains). Although most of the carbohydrate in these foods is natural and good for us, it still raises blood sugar. It is important to be mindful of the amounts we eat. Knowing the grams of carbohydrates in your meal is a key factor when using insulin. If you are not using insulin it may be important to learn the grams of carbohydrates in food, to better control blood sugar.
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For more information on recommended portion amounts, carbohydrate content of foods and the importance of carbohydrate counting for blood sugar control please refer to the American Diabetes Association – Understanding Carbohydrates. You can also contact a registered dietitian to set up a personal appointment.