How Many Carbs are in Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Published on 
October 31, 2014

That’s right, carbs. For children and young adults with diabetes, knowing the amount of carbohydrates in foods is just as important—if not more—than the number of calories. Physicians recommend their diabetic patients consume between 45 and 60 grams of carbs per meal, but this can be a difficult amount for kids to adhere to during Halloween. (Two candy bars would take the place of dinner!)

How does carbohydrate intake influence diabetes?

Carbohydrates are the first nutrients to be digested (before protein or fat) and break down into glucose, which enters the bloodstream. As blood glucose levels rise, insulin is produced and absorbs the glucose into the body for energy or storage. In diabetics, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin (in type 1 diabetes), or doesn’t use it effectively (in type 2). To compensate, patients must carefully monitor their carbohydrate intake and supply their own insulin accordingly.

American Diabetes Month begins tomorrow, November 1st .