Understanding Nutrition Labels when You Are Diabetic

When it comes to contracts and business documents, we always remember to “read the fine print.” But how closely we are we reading the information on the labels of the food that we put into our bodies? Many of us often overlook the nutrition labels on our food outside of looking at calories or ingredients. For a diabetic, however, the labels can be a lifesaver. That’s because to manage your diabetes properly, you need to be aware of everything you are eating and drinking. Understanding the label should be one the first steps you take when diagnosed with Diabetes. Here’s what you should be looking at to make healthier choices and obtain information about how the food may affect your blood sugar level.

Serving Size

One of the first things to look at on the label is the serving size. For a snack product, the portion is usually one serving, but often for some candies, the serving size is two. Knowing the serving size is important to the relation to the statistics on the label. All of the information is based on one serving. Often, we eat more than a serving. Adjusting the numbers is important in this case. One tip is to look at the labels while you’re grocery shopping. Once you’ve bought food, you’re likely to eat it. Read the labels before you buy and know the serving size and corresponding nutritional information.

Calories From Fat, Carbs, Sugar

These big three pay a huge role in your health. Calories from fat will reveal how much energy you will get from the serving. As a diabetic, you would also want to look at the carbohydrates and sugar sections. Carbohydrates, sugar or sugar alcohols are typically broken down into separate lines. These affect your blood sugar count. Speak with your doctor or medical professional to determine a goal amount for you.


You should also look at the amount of fiber in the food. Typically, you want to eat 25-30 grams of fiber a day. Fiber also helps to slow the release of sugar into the blood. High-fiber foods allow you take half the total amount of fiber from the grams of carbohydrates. High-fiber foods also help you feel more full, which will decrease your increase in empty calories from carbs.

Remember if you are making a sandwich and you use two slices of bread, you may be eating more than one serving of bread. In this case, you would need to double the percentages. Also, note that the percentages are usually based on a 2,000-calorie diet. If you are dieting, your goal may be to eat fewer calories. Plus, sugar-free does not mean the food is carbohydrate free.

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