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Basic Carbohydrate Counting

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is carbohydrate counting?

Carbohydrate counting is a way to plan your meals by counting the amount of carbohydrate in foods. Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches, and fiber found in fruit, grains, vegetables, and milk products. Carbohydrates increase your blood sugar levels. Carbohydrate counting can help you eat the right amount of carbohydrate to keep your blood sugar levels under control.

What do I need to know about planning meals using carbohydrate counting?

What are some foods that contain carbohydrate?

How do I use carbohydrate counting to plan meals?

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