Some meal plans being suggested to people with diabetes have upwards of 240g of carbohydrates daily (4 serving at meals for 3 meals, 2 servings at snacks for 2 snacks). Normal sugar in the blood represents approximately 1 teaspoon, or about 4g of sugar. So, 240g of carbohydrates, that will quickly break down into 240g of sugar, is equal to about 60 teaspoons of SUGAR! Yes, carbohydrates break down into sugar. This even applies to “complex” carbohydrates.
“We all know that sugar is bad, but we mistakenly believe complex carbohydrates are healthy and we need to eat them in abundance. BUT what if I told you that “complex carbohydrates” and “whole grains” are just glucose molecules hooked together in a long chain; the digestive tract breaks it down into glucose…also known as sugar. So a “complex carb” diet and a “sugary” diet are pretty much the same thing.” Maria Emmerich, of Keto Adapted.
Thanks also to Ellen at Ketogenic Diet Resource for this powerful visual image.