If you are a diabetic looking unenthusiastically on a carburettor-conscious diet, chances are your doctor or other health professionals have recommended it to you. Understanding carbohydrates and their role in the body can greatly help you in maintaining a safe and healthy lifestyle. Many diabetics are put on low-carb, low-calorie diet, but not everyone can understand the important role food plays balancing the diabetic menu. What is the ratio of calories, carbohydrates and glucose levels, and how can a healthy balance be maintained
The Role of Carbohydrates in Body
The average diabetic should eat between 45 and 65 percent of her calorie intake from carbohydrates, and space them out over a minimum of three separate meals per day. Carbohydrates are a fast-burning, primary fuel source for the body that convert quickly to glucose. Since this is the main calorie source of energy for the body and one that is readily available, the body is dependent on it. However, carbohydrates cause drastic and dangerous turns in your insulin levels when it is not being healthy proportions to other calorie-rich proteins and fats.
Simple carbohydrates are sugars (fruit, pastries, candy and other sugary items) that fuel the body quickly and convert the glucose into the bloodstream quickly after ingestion. These types of carbohydrates should be obtained if your blood sugar is low, to be followed by a more complex carbohydrates afterwards to help regulate blood sugar. Otherwise, it is much healthier to stick with complex carbohydrates that the body uses slowly and are less likely to cause a sudden rise in blood sugar.
Complex carbohydrates (bread, grains, starchy vegetables and pasta) takes much longer for the body to burn-up to 2 hours and is a healthier choice for maintaining balanced blood sugar. The more fiber carbohydrates contain, the better effect on blood sugar.
Calorie / Carb Connection
Calories are made up of carbohydrates, protein and fat. Although carbohydrates are necessary for healthy diet food with over 20 carbohydrate-rich calories per serving has the potential to affect blood sugar, while those below are not. Balancing the calories from proteins, carbohydrates and fats is recommended. Need some help? Check out the “References” and “Resources” sections for a number of useful websites that will help you get the skinny on some of your favorite foods.