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Carbohydrate counting is a method of keeping track of how many carbohydrates your child eats. Eating carbohydrates increases the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Counting how many carbohydrates your child eats improves blood glucose control, which can help you manage your child's diabetes.
Carbohydrates are measured in grams (g) per serving. It is important to know how many carbohydrates (in grams or by serving size) your child can have in each meal. This is different for every child. A dietitian can help you make a meal plan and calculate how many carbohydrates your child should have at each meal and snack.
There are two ways to count carbohydrates in food. You can read food labels or learn standard serving sizes of foods. You can use either of the methods or a combination of both.
Using the Nutrition Facts label
To use the Nutrition Facts, decide how many servings your child will have. Then, multiply the number of servings by the number of carbohydrates per serving. The resulting number is the total grams of carbohydrates that your child will be having.
Learning the standard serving sizes of foods
To calculate the number of carbohydrates in this sample meal, follow the steps shown below.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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