This fact sheet provides information on carbohydrate counting and diabetes. Foods that contain carbohydrate are an important source of fuel for your body. Foods that contain carbohydrate are an important source of fuel for your body. Your body breaks down carbohydrate into glucose in the gut, which is then absorbed into the bloodstream. Glucose is used by the body’s cells for energy.
It’s important to know how much carbohydrate there is in the food you eat to understand the effects on your blood glucose levels. This can help you manage your diabetes better. Carbohydrate counting is a way of estimating the amount of carbohydrate in different foods.
Read more in our carbohydrate counting fact sheet.