Friday, August 29, 2008

Carbohydrate Choices

So all you health freaks who are planning to get into a diet and keep track of your calorie or carbohydrate choices then I'll just throw some primer here.

  • Typically, one gram carbohydrate is equal to 4 calories. So a teaspoon of sugar is around 4 grams and it will give you 16 calories and thereabouts.
  • If you have seen an energy or oat bar, you typically see "Carbohydrate Choices: 2" ? What does that mean.
  • One carbohydrate choice = 15 grams carbohydrate. So that would mean, if you eat that energy bar you get 30 grams of carbohydrates (2 carb choices = 30 grams = 120 calories)
  • Your Pepsi and Coke has around 7 teaspoons of sugar. So you calculate on your own.
All about Carbohydrates:
A very good powerpoint (PPT) listing all about carbohydrates and diabetic food habits is available online. Download and see it

Average requirements for a normal adult is around 2000 calories per day. Of course we are not Michael Phelps to consume 12000+ calories in a single day and workout as much as he does everyday.

Start looking at those processed food or the chips and biscuit packets that you pickup before you munch. Just look at the calorie and ingredient chart before you binge.

Eat Healthy and Stay Fit !

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