From: Joan T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: low carb and low sugar?
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I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes and a friend told me I should eat low carb and no sugar. What is considered to be low carb and low sugar in specific numbers?
Below are a number of responses to the above question:
Jenifer Kayan, RD, LD (Registered Dietitian) Answer: With the diabetic diet, it is important to focus on a consistent amount of carbohydrate. These food groups are your starches, dairy, and fruit. By watching portion sizes and carbohydrate intake per meal, blood sugar... (click for entire response)
Maggie Rourke, Dietetic Intern Answer: I recommend referring to the Dietary Reference Intake for daily intake calculated by the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board. These recommendations act as guideline in the calculation for your personal needs. According to these guidelines, the Recommended Daily Allowance for carbohydrate is 130g per day... (click for entire response)
Mandy Seay, Dietetic Intern Answer: Instead of focusing on specific numbers for carbohydrates and sugars, focus on eating a balanced diet and getting in enough physical activity. The easiest way to control your blood sugar is to eat equal portions of carbohydrate throughout the day... (click for entire response)
Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern Answer: Your brain uses an average of 130 grams carbohydrate daily at minimum to function. This number doesn't include the rest of the parts of your body that need carbohydrates to function optimally! In addition to eating a balanced diet with complex carbohydrates, it is important to include regular exercise and weight loss if necessary. ... (click for entire response)
Nien-Jung Wu, Dietetic Intern Answer: The myth of being on a low carb and no/low sugar diet for people with (pre-) diabetes is not true and should be clarified. It is important for you to consume the minimum requirement of carbohydrate for body to have normal function. For people with diabetes or pre-diabetes... (click for entire response)
Jessica Zimmerman, Nutrition Student Answer: It is important that you do not cut carbs out of your diet, but rather try to keep your carbohydrate intake consistent throughout the day (relatively the same amount of carb with breakfast as with lunch and dinner). The number of carbs... (click for entire response)
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