Counting Carbohydrate Grams or Servings - Topic Overview
Your doctor, registered dietitian, or certified diabetes
educator may suggest that you use one of two ways to count
carbohydrate in your diet. For both, 15 grams of
carbohydrate equals one serving. Use the method that is easiest for you.
Counting grams of carbohydrate. For example, if you want to eat 45 grams of carbohydrate,
you would choose three servings (3 servings x 15 grams per serving = 45 grams).
So for breakfast, you could choose three servings of different foods (such as
oatmeal, milk, and half of a banana) or three servings of the same food (such
as a larger serving of oatmeal).
Counting servings of carbohydrate. In this system, 15 grams equals 1
carbohydrate serving. Instead
of counting 45 grams of carbohydrate at breakfast, you would count 3 carbohydrate servings.