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Diabetics and those that want to loose weight must watch their carbohydrates.
The foods we eat contain nutrients that provide energy and other things the body needs, and one of these is carbohydrates. The two main forms of carbohydrates are:
- sugars such as fructose, glucose, and lactose
- starches, which are found in foods such as starchy vegetables (like potatoes or corn), grains, rice, breads, and cereals
The body breaks down or converts most carbohydrates into the sugar glucose. Glucose is absorbed into the bloodstream, and with the help of a hormone called insulin it travels into the cells of the body where it can be used for energy.
But people with diabetes have problems with insulin that can cause blood sugar levels to rise. For people with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make enough insulin, and for people with type 2 diabetes, the body can’t respond normally to the insulin that is made.
Because the body turns carbohydrates into glucose, eating carbohydrates makes blood sugar levels rise. But that doesn’t mean you should avoid carbohydrates if you have diabetes. Carbohydrates are a healthy and important part of a nutritious diet.
Some carbohydrates have more health benefits than others, though. For example, whole-grain foods and fruits are healthier choices than candy and soda because they provide fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients.
Sugary foods, like soda and candy, don’t usually have fiber and typically contain “empty calories.” That means they have calories but little nutritional value, and eating too many of them might leave little room for healthy foods. Eating too many empty-calorie foods can also make a person more likely to be overweight or obese. These foods can also cause tooth decay.
One way to still enjoy those sugary foods is to buy Carb Smart Ice cream. Why buy Breyers Carb Smart instead of Weight Watchers Ice Cream? Mainly, because Carb Smart has fewer carbohydrates and calories.
Breyers Carb Smart Vanilla & Almond Bar Nutrition Label
Weight Watchers Fudge Ice Cream Bar
Breyers Carb Smart comes in many flavors: vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, rocky road, strawberry and the single serving bars such as: vanilla & almond, vanilla bar and fudge bar.
The key to to dieting or living with diabetes is eating in moderation. Have your ice cream and enjoy it, just do it in moderation.