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Should diabetes recipes give the exchanges, so I know what I’m eating?

Diabetic recipes might still give the exchanges, but for the last 10 years or so total carbohydrate is the focus. That’s because carbohydrates affect blood glucose the most. One carbohydrate serving is 15 grams. The carbohydrate could be from starch, fruit or milk; or from sugar, honey or molasses used in a recipe for sweetness.
To estimate the ounces of poultry or meat per serving: deduct 25% of the raw weight and divide by the number of servings. Guessing the amount of added fat can be trickier. One tablespoon of oil, butter, cream generally adds 11-15 grams of fat. One fat serving or exchange is equal to 5 grams of fat.

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