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Carbohydrate is a source of energy for our body.  During digestion carbohydrate containing foods are broken down into glucose which is then absorbed into the blood stream and cause a rise in blood glucose levels.  Types of carbohydrate are starch, fructose, lactose, and sucrose.

Foods containing carbohydrate and types of carbohydrate:

  • All breads, rice, pasta, noodles, breakfast cereals, and potatoes provide STARCHY CARBOHYDRATE.
  • Pulses: peas, beans and lentils provide STARCHY CARBOHYDRATE     
  • All   types of fruit, dried fruit, fruit juices and fruit smoothies contain the carbohydrate FRUCTOSE.
  • Milk and yoghurts provide LACTOSE
  • Cakes, chocolate, sweets, jams, and honey contain the carbohydrates of SUCROSE and GLUCOSE

When you have diabetes, it is important to count the carbohydrates that you eat.  Click on the link belowfor more information on ‘Carbohydrate Counting’ 

For more information, speak to your diabetes team.

Need More Help?

The CHOICE diabetes education programme is available in NI and the border counties of Republic of Ireland, ask your Diabetes Team

Choice Programme