Carbohydrates and Diabetics

This is a link to an article I wrote recently for the physician members of the Marin Medical Society. It tries to help explain how much carbohydrate should be eaten by people–both by diabetics and by non-diabetics.

These days there is a “phobic” environment about carbohydrates–people are afraid to eat them–and that is not right. We humans are designed to eat carbohydrates–in relatively large amounts. The trick is knowing how much to eat and what kind of carbohydrates to eat.

For diabetics, I discuss how to monitor if they are eating too much carbohydrate or not. Some basic explanations about carbohydrates are also included. Almost every diabetic patient needs some help determining how much carbohydrate to eat–and it is a do-able and satisfying task when they are ready to try finding out how to do it.

Link to article: “Carbohydrates for Diabetics

Text: © 2012 Ann M. Del Tredici, MS, RD, CDE

Photo credits:  First photo:; Second photo:; Third photo (below) :

A fruit stand on a street in Siena, Italy

About Ann M. Del Tredici, MS, RD, CDE

I am enthusiastic about food~~growing it, shopping for it, cooking some of it, photographing it, writing and talking about it, sometimes making paintings of it~~and eating it! I come from a long line of fruit growers, wine makers, dairy farmers, professional bakers, terrific cooks, artists and teachers. I am trained in biochemistry, food science and nutrition. I am a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator in Marin County, California.
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