'The Complete Guide to Carb Counting' by Hope S. Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, BC-ADM and Karmeen Kulkarni, MS, RD, CDE, BC-ADM (American Diabetes Association)

Written by Nancy Sayles Kaneshiro

I love carbs. I mean, all carbs. If you could put just carbs on a plate, I’d eat them.  So learning about what carbs are – and what effect they have on blood glucose levels – was the equivalent of teaching an old dog new tricks. 

Every person diagnosed with diabetes should be handed a copy of The Complete Guide to Carb Counting (American Diabetes Association, 169 pages, $18.95 paperback). But since that’s not likely to happen, go out (or online) and get one! Authors Hope Warshaw and Karmeen Kulkarni have made this handy little guide so chock full of information, readers will use this reference until its cover is tattered and its messages become second nature.

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The book’s promise is to show us how to take the mystery out of carb counting and improve our blood glucose control. I wish I’d had this book years ago, but no matter, I’ve got it now.

Reading food labels, measuring carbs when eating at home, finding carb counts for restaurant foods, adjusting food portions and, perhaps most importantly, learning how to calculate carb-to-insulin ratios and/or figuring out how your other medications affect your carb counts are all included in this guide. You get carb counting resources, record-keeping forms, pages and pages of everyday foods and their carb counts, and scores of tips to help you negotiate this journey in real life. Little anecdotes about individuals who are walking this same path assure the readers that they are not alone.

If ever a book was worth every penny, this is it.

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