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Portion Control is Paramount

Easier said than done is what many people think of with regard to potion control – but for those of us with diabetes, portion control can be the difference needed to healthily manage symptoms.  The amount of food you eat is closely related to blood glucose control. If you eat more food than is recommended in your meal plan, your blood glucose (sugar) will go up. The only way you can tell if you are eating the right amount is to measure your foods carefully.

5 Tips to Help with Portion Control

  1. Practice, practice, practice. Don’t rely on measuring once and then just estimating. Pull out the scales at least once a week to check yourself and reinforce your skills.
  2. Use a glass which you know only holds 4 or 8 ounces to better control your portion. You can also place a piece of tape on the outside of a glass to mark a 4 or 8 ounce line so you will be able to measure easily.
  3. A bread serving is based on a one-ounce slice of bread. Many single bread servings may weigh more than one ounce, and therefore have more impact on blood glucose. Check the weight or the label of such things as light breads, bagels or rolls.
  4. To be more precise, know the weight of fruit servings for portion control.
  5. Check your cereal portion using measuring cups. The cereal label will give you more precise nutrition information such as calories, carbohydrate and fat grams than the food group averages.

Sugar vs. Carbohydrates – What is the difference in a meal?

It is commonly thought that people with diabetes should avoid all forms of sugar. However, most people with diabetes can eat foods containing sugar as long as the total amount of carbohydrate for that meal or snack is consistent and sugar foods are added within the context of healthy eating. Many research studies have shown that meals which contain sugar do not make the blood sugar rise higher than meals of equal carbohydrate levels which do not contain sugar. However, if the sugar-containing meal contains more carbohydrates, the blood sugar levels will go up. So simply (easier said than done but it is so important) watch your portions!

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By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 11-5-2013, 8:00 AM

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