About Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate is another name for sugars and starches. These foods are an important source of energy for our body. It is best to eat small portions of healthy carbohydrates with each meal. This keeps our blood sugar balanced through the day. Carbohydrates with more fiber are a better choice because they turn to sugar more slowly. Choose whole grain starches when possible.

What is a serving size?

Try to eat about the same amount of carbs at each meal. Think of each portion as the size of a cupped hand (1/2 cup).
      - Women should have 2-3 portions per meal.
      - Men should have 3-4 portions per meal.

These types of foods raise blood sugar: These foods do not raise blood sugar:
Bread
Tortilla
Pasta
Beans
Rice
Corn
Peas
Potatoes
Crackers
Pancakes
Fruits
Milk
Yogurt
Cereal
Sweets (even small portions raise blood sugars very quickly!)
Eggs
Nuts
Cottage cheese
Chicken
Fish
Beef
Turkey
Peanut butter
Vegetables (except corn, peas, potatoes)
Red or green chile

Choose more of these foods if you are still hungry during a meal. Vegetables are always the best choice.