Podder™ Guide to Carbohydrate Counting

Why Carbohydrates Matter

Carbohydrates are important because they provide energy and essential vitamins and minerals. Proteins and fats also contain calories, vitamins and minerals but do not contain carbohydrates unless the food is a mixed dish like a casserole.

Proteins and fats take longer to digest and are slower to affect blood glucose. Higher consumption of protein or fat at meals can delay glucose absorption, and create higher blood glucose levels later.

Carbohydrates are the primary foods that affect glucose levels. Nearly 100% of digestible starches and sugars become glucose soon after eating. Glucose is then released into the blood stream to provide immediate energy needs, or stored in the muscle and liver as glycogen. Excess glucose is converted to fat for storage.


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What are Carbohydrates?

Know Your Carbohydrates

Why Count Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates, Insulin & Blood Glucose

Balancing Insulin with Carbohydrates

Know Your Blood Glucose Levels

What is an IC Ratio

Three Steps of Carbohydrate Counting

Nutrition Facts Label

How Many Carbohydrates Per Meal is Ideal?

Common Carbohydrate Foods?

Carb Counting Resources