Since I am Diabetic, I try to stay at or under 10 grams of carbohydrates most commonly called carbs per meal. Before I became a Type 2 Diabetic, I never use to read the nutrition facts label, but now I can't stop.
Your body breaks down carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose, or blood sugar, is the main source of energy for your body's cells, tissues, and organs. Glucose can be used immediately or stored in the liver and muscles for later use. MedlinePlus
There are 3 types of carbohydrates according to MedlinePlus:
Sugars: They are also called simple carbohydrates because they are in the most basic form. They can be added to foods, such as the sugar in candy, desserts, processed foods, and regular soda. They also include the kinds of sugar that are found naturally in fruits, vegetables, and milk.
Starches: They are complex carbohydrates, which are made of lots of simple sugars strung together. Your body needs to break starches down into sugars to use them for energy. Starches include bread, cereal, and pasta. They also include certain vegetables, like potatoes, peas, and corn.
Fiber: It is also a complex carbohydrate. Your body cannot break down most fibers, so eating foods with fiber can help you feel full and make you less likely to overeat. Diets high in fiber have other health benefits. They may help prevent stomach or intestinal problems, such as constipation. They may also help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Fiber is found in many foods that come from plants, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
Common foods with carbohydrates include:
Grains, such as bread, noodles, pasta, crackers, cereals, and rice
Fruits, such as apples, bananas, berries, mangoes, melons, and oranges
Dairy products, such as milk and yogurt
Legumes, including dried beans, lentils, and peas
Snack foods and sweets, such as cakes, cookies, candy, and other desserts
Juices, regular sodas, fruit drinks, sports drinks, and energy drinks that contain sugar
Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, corn, and peas
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