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Reading labels

These days, food labels should have all the key nutritional information you need to count the carbs in your meal.

This video will help you to understand food labels and learn about the carbohydrate levels in everyday meals, with tips and advice from Jess along the way.

 

Key points

Always look at the ‘total carbohydrate’ on the label when carb counting. This will make sure you are counting both the complex (starchy) and simple (sugary) carbs in your food. Both will raise your blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, and need to be matched with insulin.

In general, sugar-free options like diet drinks and jellies don’t need to be counted. However, it's still worth checking the ingredients list because sometimes labelling is misleading. ‘No added sugar’ may still contain sugar.

Remembering your favourite recipes and how many carbs are in them can save you time, as you won't need to add up the carb count again and again.

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4. No labels? No worries... video

When you're out and about it can be harder to get information about the food you want to eat. But that shouldn't get in the way of having a great time, as Jess explains.

Hints for what to do when no carbohydrate information is available

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