Nutrition in Type Diabetes

Most people with type 1 diabetes are of normal body weight, and they usually do not need to be on a calorie-restricted diet. They also do not tend to have the cholesterol abnormalities that are commonly seen in patients with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends that an adult should obtain

• 45 to 65 percent of the total daily kilocalories in the form of carbohydrates

• 25 to 35 percent of the total daily kilocalories in the form of fat (of which less than 7 percent are from saturated fat)

• 10 to 35 percent of the total daily kilocalories in the form of protein

These recommendations also apply to lean individuals without diabetes. In other words, this is a normal, healthy diet.

You should have a good idea of how much carbohydrate you are going to eat at a meal, because it will affect how much insulin you should take before the meal. Estimating the carbohydrate content of a meal is called carbohydrate counting or carbohydrate exchange. You need two pieces of information to count carbohydrates:

• You need to know the carbohydrate content of the food per unit measure.

• You need to estimate the size of the food portion (for example, by weighing it or using a measuring cup or counting slices).

You can think of food in 15-gram carbohydrate units: this is equivalent to 1 carbohydrate exchange or 1 carbohydrate unit.

There are lots of lists available (in books and on the Internet) that describe different foods, portion sizes, and carbohydrate content. Table 8-4 lists some common foods and the amount equivalent to 15 grams of carbohydrate units.

Table 8-4 Foods and Quantities Equivalent to About 15 Grams of Carbohydrate

Food

Quantity

Milk, soy milk, buttermilk

1 cup

Plain yogurt

% cup

Bread

1 oz (1 slice)

Bagel (store-bought)

1 oz (4 bagel)

Cooked rice, couscous, or pasta

'/3 cup

Hot dog bun, pita bread, English muffin

Atkins Low Carb Diet Recipes

Atkins Low Carb Diet Recipes

The Atkins Diet is here. Dr Atkins is known for his great low carb diets. Excluding, Dr Atkins carb counter and Dr Atkins New Diet Revolution.

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