Making Carbs Count, carb counting, how to read a nutrition label

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A reminder of what can be gleaned from reading a label and how

carbs and sugars are different.

MAKING CARBS COUNT

Cheryl Cormany was

diagnosed with diabetes

at six-years-old. Even

though she was

diagnosed at a young

age, she has thrived with diabetes through

many stages of life. From childhood, to

adolescence, through college and now as

the mom of three boys she loves to share

her diabetes journey with others.

In 2005 Cheryl found her way to a

CARBS VS SUGARS

HOW TO READ LABELS

career helping others with diabetes when

she joined Medtronic as an inside sales

representative. Her career has taken her

through many facets of the company.

She now serves as a clinical program

specialist, working on educational

programs for healthcare providers. She

is happy to share some her diabetes

experiences with the readers of the LOOP

Blog. This article originally appeared

with the title, Carb vs. Sugar: How to

Understand Nutrition Labels (see link at

end for full story). This article has been

amended for a UK audience:

Myth: Carbohydrate grams don't

matter. Sugar grams are the only thing

that increases blood sugar.

Fact: Both sugar grams and

carbohydrate grams have a direct impact

on blood sugar.

Nutrition Labels

The foods we eat break down when

digested and much of what we eat

breaks down into glucose. (Exceptions

to this rule are proteins like meat, poultry

and fish, and non-starchy vegetables).

Insulin is needed when we eat anything

that breaks down into glucose - the

insulin either comes from your pancreas,

or you need to take insulin from a pump

bolus/insulin shot.

Where this gets tricky is that it's easy

to think that glucose is sugar only, which

is not the case. What makes it even

more confusing is that they are both on

the nutrition label and we know that is

where we are supposed to look for our

carbohydrate information.

Carbohydrates are actually comprised

of three nutrients: carbohydrates, fibre,

and sugar. You will see foods that are very

low in sugar but high in carbohydrate.

Looking at a popular unflavoured,

old-fashioned label for a brand of oats,

you would see that the total sugar is 1

gram. Sounds great, right? This item is

practically sugar free, you might think,

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