Does your child have diabetes? Here's how to carb count this Halloween.
Written by Laura Hieronymus, a certified diabetes educator, an adjunct associate professor with the University Kentucky College of Nursing and former associate director of the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center.
If your child has diabetes, you already know that the nutrition facts label is your best friend. Looking at the label for nutrient information is especially important on candy-filled Halloween.
To find out the immediate impact on blood glucose, you should look at the carbohydrate information. You need to know the serving size listed and the amount of carbohydrate per serving in grams. It can also be helpful to know the amount of fat in each candy as fat may influence how quickly the carbohydrate is absorbed.
For a quick reference on the carbohydrate counts of popular Halloween candies, check out this handy guide from JDRF.
Have a fun and safe Halloween!