Counting Carbohydrate Grams or Servings
Your doctor, registered dietitian, or certified diabetes educator may suggest that you use one of two ways to count carbohydrate in your diet. For both, 15 grams of carbohydrate equals one serving. Use the method that is easiest for you.
- Counting grams of carbohydrate. For example, if you want to eat 45 grams of carbohydrate, you would choose three servings (3 servings x 15 grams per serving = 45 grams). So for breakfast, you could choose three servings of different foods (such as oatmeal, milk, and half of a banana) or three servings of the same food (such as a larger serving of oatmeal).
- Counting servings of carbohydrate. In this system, 15 grams equals 1 carbohydrate serving. Instead of counting 45 grams of carbohydrate at breakfast, you would count 3 carbohydrate servings.
- Diabetes in Children: Counting Carbs
- Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Don't Use Insulin
- Diabetes: Counting Carbs if You Use Insulin
- Gestational Diabetes: Counting Carbs
- Reading Food Labels When You Have Diabetes
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator|
|Last Revised||June 24, 2013|
|By:||Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: June 24, 2013|
|Medical Review:||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
© 1995-, Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.