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How to Read a Nutrition Label


To successfully manage your diabetes, you must become familiar with food nutrition labels, which will have all the information you need to plan your meals. Here's what to look for:

nutrition labelServing size: One serving of the food will have all of the amounts of nutrients that are listed on the label. Use a measuring cup to see how many servings you eat of different foods. 

Servings Per Container: This tells you how many servings are in the entire package. If you eat the whole container of the food, multiply the total carbohydrates (g) by the number of servings per container. In this container, you would eat 4 servings X 45 g carbohydrates = 180 grams of carbohydrates.

Total carbohydrates: This tells you how much the food will affect your blood sugar. Look for the grams (g), not for the percent. This food has 45 grams of carbohydrates in one cup.

Fiber helps stabilize blood sugar.

Sugars are included in the number of total carbohydrates. They include added and natural sugars. To choose a healthy breakfast cereal or granola bars, look for 8 grams or less of sugar and 3 grams or more of fiber.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
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