When you buy any processed food at your grocery store, the most important thing to do is to check the nutrition label. Nutrition label tells you the break up of various type of nutrients in the product. Those who are diabetic tend to look for amount of Carbohydrate. Too much carbs can be harmful for diabetics where as taking more fiber improves their condition. Excess sugar and carbs are one of the main reasons for metabolic diseases such a high blood pressure.
However just looking into the carbohydrate is not enough. Sometimes it can be misleading. You should be able to find out what is the net carbohydrate content. Find out how to do that in this article.
On Nutrition Facts food labels, the grams of dietary fiber are already included in the total carbohydrate count. But because fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body can’t digest, it does not affect your blood sugar levels. You should subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate.
Here’s the best advice about fiber:
For people with diabetes that are treated with insulin, getting the most accurate carbohydrate count may help control blood sugars better.
To summarize – you need to take the total amount of carbohydrate in a serving MINUS the carbohydrate in the fiber.
Now, let’s practice using the sample food label:
- Locate the total carbohydrate in one serving. You will see that the total carbohydrate is 10 grams.
- The dietary fiber is 5 grams per serving.
- Count this product as 5 grams of carbohydrate (10 grams total carbohydrate minus 5 grams dietary fiber equals 5 grams of carbohydrate).
Article Source – http://dtc.ucsf.edu/living-with-diabetes/diet-and-nutrition/understanding-carbohydrates/counting-carbohydrates/learning-to-read-labels/understanding-fiber/