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Understanding Carbs

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With a type 1 diagnosis, it’s important to understand the role of carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates or “carbs” are the main type of food that raises glucose levels.

Which foods have carbohydrates?

(for sample carb counts, click on the food groups below)

Not all types of carbohydrate are created equal

There are complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates.

Complex carbohydrates are foods such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, fruit, vegetables and low-fat dairy foods.  Since they take longer to digest, they cause glucose levels to rise slowly.

Simple carbohydrates are foods such as soda, candy, cookies, cake and other desserts.  They cause a rapid rise in blood sugar.  They are also usually high in calories and sugar and low in essential nutrients.  They should have a limited spot in a well-balanced diet.


Updated 7/8/19

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