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

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Nutrition labels can help you choose between products and keep a check on the

amount of foods you're eating that are high in fat, salt and added sugars.

Carbohydrates

There are two types of carbohydrates that the body turns into energy: simple

and complex.

Simple carbohydrates are often listed on nutrition labels as "carbohydrates (of

which sugars)". This includes added sugars and the natural sugars found in fruit

and milk.

Complex carbohydrates are also called starchy foods. Starchy foods include

potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and other starchy carbohydrates. We should get

most of our energy from complex carbohydrates rather than those containing

sugar. Try to choose higher-fibre, wholegrain varieties of starchy foods whenever

you can by choosing wholewheat pasta, brown rice, or simply leaving the skins

on potatoes.

Sometimes you will only see a figure for total carbohydrates on nutrition labels.

This includes the carbohydrates from complex carbohydrates and from simple

carbohydrates.

Sugars

Sugars occur naturally in foods such as fruit and milk, however we do not need

to cut down on these types of sugars. Sugars are also added to a wide range

of foods such as sweets, cakes, biscuits and chocolates, and it is these types

of sugary foods that we should cut down on, as regularly consuming foods and

drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay.

Nutrition labels often tell you how much sugar a food contains. This includes

added sugars (also called "free sugars") and the natural sugars found in fruit and

milk. You can compare labels and choose foods that are lower in sugar.

No added sugar

This usually means that the food has not had sugar added to it as an ingredient.

Just because a food contains 'no added sugar', it does not necessarily mean it

has a low sugar content. The food may contain ingredients that have a naturally

high sugar content (such as fruit), or have added milk, which contains lactose, the

sugar that occurs naturally in milk.

Unsweetened

This usually means that no sugar or sweetener has been added to the food to

make it taste sweet. This doesn't necessarily mean that the food will not contain

naturally occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit or milk.

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How to read a label

but that's not entirely true, because sugar

grams are not what we would base our

insulin/medication dose on. Instead,

as a diabetic we need to look at the

carbohydrate serving. For example, one

brand of oatmeal has 27 grams of carbs

per 30g serving. That is far different from

1 gram and would need a dose of insulin

to go with it.

If you looked at the nutrition label for

something that might be marketed as a

'sugar free cookie', many would think that

since it has 'sugar free' on the packaging

that they should be able to eat as many

of these as they wanted. But take a

closer look at the label and you will see

that while there are (magically) no sugars

listed, there are still carbs that you would

need to take insulin for. So you still need

to account for 'sugar free' items when the

next person offers one to you.

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