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Carb consumption: The recommended amount and percent per day

July 12, 2018 - 5:47 pm

KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The American Diabetes Association recommends getting about 45% of your total calories from carbs. 

You should spread out your carb consumption through the day. 

Typically, that works out to about 45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal and 10 to 25 grams per snack, eaten twice a day between meals. But ask your health care provider for guidance on the right goals for you.

Achieving those goals doesn’t happen by accident. Foods that contain carbohydrates include grain foods, such as breads, cereals, pasta, and rice, fruits and fruit juices, starchy vegetables, such as potatoes and corn (non-starchy vegetables also contain carbs, but usually very little), dairy foods, such as milk and yogurt and sweets, such as cookies, pastries, cakes, and candy.