From Richmond, Indiana, USA:
Since things like chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, cheese and eggs do not have carbs, are they considered free foods or do they need limitations?
You ask a good question with regard to the effect of protein and/or fat on postprandial blood sugars. Although proteins do not affect blood sugars as much or as quickly as carbohydrate (100% within an hour for carb versus 50% within two to three hours for protein), they still need to be incorporated into a meal plan and not counted simply as a free food. A free food is categorized as any food or drink that contains less than 20 calories or less than 5 grams of carb per serving.
Original posting 27 Nov 2002
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:40
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