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.
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