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Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such ...Read more


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Are diabetics supposed to avoid sugars or calories altogether?

Are diabetics supposed to avoid sugars or calories altogether?

Sugars, but...: All diabetics need to avoid concentrated sweets, as these cause an immediate rise in blood sugar. Decreasing calories is important if you are overweight (which is true for most type 2 diabetics, but usually not true for type 1 diabetics). ...Read more

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Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

Is a diabetic to eat more of complex carbohydrates and reduce simple carbs...What are foods having complex carbs and will it cotrol PP sugar levels.

In general,: it is the glycemic index (GI) of the food that makes a significant difference in how the food affects PP glucose levels. The higher the GI the faster and the more it will increase blood glucose level. More complex carbohydrates tend to have lower GI than simple carbohydrates. Understanding GI can be very beneficial in controlling diabetes. A wealth of information about GI is available online. ...Read more

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Can diabetics consume agave with meals?

Can diabetics consume agave with meals?

Not to excess...sap: Agave plant? This plant has several edible parts--flowers, leaves, stalks, basal rosettes, and sap. For the most part, edible agave can be delicious and provides good fibers and should not pose problem for diabetics, except the sap. The sap is quite sweet and can sub for the sugar we use..It is a natural sugar so better than table sugar..But excess is still not good..So moderation! good luck. ...Read more

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What matters more calories or fats and sugars?

What matters more calories or fats and sugars?

A combination is key: Cutting out sugar and starch is important due to the carbohydrates causing weight gain. Eating carbohydrates leads to the release of the fat-storage hormone insulin, which acts to remove nutrients from the bloodstream and store it as fat. However, managing cal. Is also important. Weight loss occurs when your caloric expenditure exceeds your caloric intake so be active and aware of cal. Consumption. ...Read more

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Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

Could consuming low glycemic index sugar lead to diabetes?

Can be tricky: Glycemic index refers to the impact that food has on the blood sugar level. Some foods are absorbed very rapidly and raise the blood sugar rapidly (sugar, simple carbohydrates) while others have very low impact on blood sugar and thus a low glycemic index (meats, fat). There are some "sugars" promoted as low glycemic index, but this almost is contradictory. Moderation is the key with diabetes risk. ...Read more

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Does diet soda or sweet and low raise blood sugar?

Does diet soda or sweet and low raise blood sugar?

Are not sugar, but: study https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1237253, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/6679417 & do some research on your own. I believe that some use of the mainstream substitute sweeteners are not as harmful as real sugar; at least the substitute ones had to pass up to a year of testing. Yet no one really knows, hard science trials too complex, Hi-$, time consuming, thus none done. ...Read more

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Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Are eating complex carbohydrates better for weight control than simple carbohydrates like rice?

Carb Quandry : Some "complex" carbs(brown rice, whole wheat) are metabolized slowly and are better for weight management but ultimately if you consume more calories than you need you will gain weight. Reduce all carbs, especially simple carbs(white bread, rice or pasta). Eat frequent(6) small meals a day. Exercise vigorously for about 150 min a week, drink plenty (60 oz) of water and get 8 hours of good sleep. ...Read more

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Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Does the Atkins diet require you to count both net carbs and dietary fiber carbs?

Net: Net carbs. My advice on atkins s to stay away form franken-foods like atkins bars or atkins muffins. Eat real foot as close to natural state as possible. ...Read more

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Wheat chex cereal complex carbs or simple?

Both: complex carbs in chex are listed as carbs and the simple ones are listed as sugars. The total carbs minus the simple sugars leaves you with the amount of complex carbs. ...Read more

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What carbs have calories for you? Total carbs, net carbs, fiber carbs?

What carbs have calories for you? Total carbs, net carbs, fiber carbs?

ALL CARBS HAVE: Calories, some more than others. The more complex a carb is, the more energy your body needs to burn to absorb the calories, so you will net less calories with the more complex carbs. ...Read more

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Is sugar in fruit better than sugar in starch or as bad?

Is sugar in fruit better than sugar in starch or as bad?

The whole package: Look at the whole package. When you eat fruit, you get other great things (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants to name a few) which make your body strong. ...Read more

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Is the sugar found in fruit juices natural or processed sugar?

Is the sugar found in fruit juices natural or processed sugar?

Juices: It can be either. See how sugar was added to the juice by reading nutritional labels. ...Read more

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Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

Is a 1500 calorie diet healthy and sustainable if vegetables, fruit, lean protein and in processed carbohydrates are consumed?

Weight and Activity: Yes that diet can certainly be sustained if it provides for the caloric expenditure of the individual on a daily basis. The mix of foods you choose is also very good. By "processed" i assume you mean complex carbohydrates. If you happen to be 350lbs and 6ft 4in then you are going to be rather hungry for quite some time. ...Read more

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The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

The nutrition facts on a food has carbs and then sugar. Do they mean the simple sugars aka monosacharides; glucose, fructose, and galactose?

Food Labels: Total carbohydrates include all sugars and fiber. Sugar includes simple sugars and sugar alcohol. Here are three websites about reading food labels: http://www.Fda.Gov/food/ingredientspackaginglabeling/labelingnutrition/ucm274593.Htm http://www.Diabetes.Org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/taking-a-closer-look-at-labels.Html#sugar_alcohols http://www.Heart.Org/heartorg/gettinghealthy/nutrition. ...Read more

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Does diet soda or sweet and low increase your blood sugar?

Does diet soda or sweet and low increase your blood sugar?

Not directly but...: Most diet sodas have aspartame. Sweet n'low has saccharin. Neither of these directly raise blood sugar but they cause weight gain ; increase diabetes risk! aspartame worsens Insulin sensitivity- see http://bit.Ly/1hylgyu ; http://ti.Me/ovdmhn also see http://bit.Ly/18u9wmo ; http://bit.Ly/1hvl28d i think anyone who wants to be healthy should avoid these- stevia xylitol, maltitol etc. Are better. ...Read more

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Difference between carbs and sugars?

Difference  between carbs and sugars?

Sugars= simple carbs: Carbohydrates are molecules made solely of carbon, hydrogen ; oxygen. Sugars are simple carbohydrates that are used by our bodies for energy while larger, complex carbohydrates have many other roles in our bodies and are generally far healthier to eat than sugars. See http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/carbohydrate for more details. ...Read more