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Not just pasta

Counting carbohydrates

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Not just pasta

Although there is no longer any such thing as a “diabetes diet,” people with diabetes must still keep an eye on their consumption of carbohydrates. It’s those carbs that are broken down into glucose. As a rule of thumb, Constance Brown-Riggs, a dietitian and certified diabetes educator, recommends 45 carbs a meal for women and 60 carbs a meal for men.

The problem is that when people think of carbs, bread, pasta and cookies readily come to mind. Oranges and green beans do not.

There are three types of carbohydrates. Below is a listing of the types and examples of each.