Carbohydrate counting is the preferred method of nutritional management of diabetes for many endocrinologists. By matching carbohydrates eaten at each meal with short acting insulin, either from a pump or by taking injections of Humalog or Novolog, people with diabetes are no longer restricted in their diets. Kids (and adults) can eat pre-sweetened cereals for breakfast, for example, as long as they match the carbohydrates in the food with the correct amount of insulin. Since labels on packaged foods contain carbohydrate values, estimating total carbohydrates is easy.
Carb Cards are an excellent, fun tool to help introduce or teach carbohydrate counting to children or adults. The Carb Cards package includes a set of 54 full color flashcards with pictures and carbohydrate values for common foods. The pictures are easily recognizable by kids as young as five. (Our two five-year-old testers were able to identify almost every food item just from the picture.) Nine blank cards and a pen are also included, so you can add pictures of favorite foods that aren't in the pack. The Activity Booklet has been revised to include a 30 day food diary and more activities for kids from ages 4-100. Card games such as War, Concentration and Solitaire easily adapt to the deck. Each activity is designed to be fun and educational. Everything is included in a 5"x8" clear plastic drawstring bag.
There's also a Carb Carbs Place Mat ($12.50 laminated with dry erase marker), Giant Carb Cards (8"x10" in color and laminated, $199 for the full deck), and a Carb Cards Tool Kit for Educators ($74.95).
To order, contact:Carb Cards
45 9th St.
Cayucos, CA 93430
Each card has a drawing of a food item along with its carbohydrate count
The Carb Card package includes everything you see here
See also Carb Counting And its Effect on Blood Sugars Using a New Innovative Tool
Published 12 March 2000
Updated 24 August 2004
Last Updated: Sunday March 30, 2008 11:54:57
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