When you think carbs, bread, pasta and cake are the first things that come to mind. You likely do not expect that carbs can be found in some pretty surprising places, and It’s good to know just where they are. For those who are diabetic, carbs are especially important and most patients aim for 45-60 grams of carbs at each meal, though you need to talk with your own healthcare team to see what amount of carbs is best for you.
Here are then surprisingly sources of carbs and options you might try instead.
1. Milk substitutes like soy and almond milk are good choices for those who are lactose intolerant, or anyone who wants to try a few different types of milk, but watch out for the varieties with flavor as they also tend to have lots of sugar. Vanilla almond milk has 16 grams of carbs; chocolate soy milk has 23 grams compared to plain soy, which has only 12 grams.
2. Yogurt is a tasty source of calcium and offers good bacteria known as probiotics (you want the words “live active cultures” on the label), but some low fat, fruit filled options have near 40 grams of carbs in an 8 ounce portion. If you want a lower carb alternative, try Greek yogurt as the plain, no fat kind has almost 9 grams of carbs at the same size and also has more protein than regular yogurt.
3. Baked beans in the can offer lots of protein and fiber, but they also bring you a surprising 54 grams of carbs… likely a whole day’s carb budget blown in one meal. Try to limit yourself to a half cup serving instead.
4. Tomato sauce in a jar is most likely to have added sugar and carbs (nearly 12 grams per half cup) so you’ll need to check the nutrition facts carefully. Many brands also have lots of sodium, so when in doubt, use the sauce sparingly.
5. Salad dressing, no matter the kind, anything that comes as bottled dressing will have sugar, varying by brand, so check the labels. Stick to the serving size given on the bottle, or dip salad into the dressing rather than smothering the whole salad with a mountain of Italian, Caesar, French or Russian dressing in order to do best in terms of carbs.
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10 Sources Of Carbs That Will Surprise You Continued…
6. Barbecue sauce is another place where the portion size makes all the difference. A tablespoon will give you almost 7 grams of carbs, but if you keep on dipping to consume a half-cup, you’ll have taken in a whopping 58 grams of carbs just from the sauce.
7. Orange chicken seems like a tasty, healthy takeout combination, but a standard order of this dish brings you an astonishing 146 grams of carbs. So next time you order Chinese food, skip this option in favor of something steamed instead of loaded with batter.
8. Split pea soup centers around peas, which are starch veggies to begin with, so you’ll be getting a lot of carbs (26 grams per cup) along with the other nutrients in the soup. Many also have lots of salt, so choose low sodium varieties when possible.
9. Sugar free cookies are not free of carbs, unfortunately. Some have nearly as many carbs in a serving as a regular cookie would, so look to the nutrition facts before making a purchase.
10. Protein bars are intended for athletes who need extra energy and they are not intended to be low carb. In fact many have plenty of protein and carbs. For a low carb snack, try a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter instead.
Surprised? We certainly were.
To your good health,