So what is a carbohydrate?
Carbohydrates are simply long chains of sugar molecules hooked end-to-end. When a person eats carbohydrates their normal digestive process breaks up these chains into the individual sugar molecules, and they pass right through the intestinal wall into the bloodstream, and load up the bloodstream with sugar.
So what is a low carbohydrate diet?
It's a diet that is not fueling your body with sugar or foods that break down into sugar throughout the day.
Without attempting to list every kind and type of food, and for simplicity, we have grouped foods into three general categories below; those that are high carbohydrate content which should be avoided, medium carbohydrate content which can be eaten only in modest or extremely small portions, and low carbohydrate content that can be eaten as much as one likes.
High Carbohydrate Content (Should Be Avoided):
All kinds of potato and potato products (including yams and sweet potatoes).
Any products made from grain such as wheat, rye, oats, rice and corn. This includes any type of bread, pasta, chips or cereals.
Any type of hard beans such as navy beans, pinto beans, black eyed peas, kidney beans, soy beans, lima beans, red beans, black beans, etc., as well as peas and peanuts.
Most fruits and any fruit juices.
Medium Carbohydrate Content (Eat Only In Modest Or Extremely Small Portions):
All root vegetables such as beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips and rutabagas.
Most kinds of nuts, avocado, onions, apricots, strawberries, peaches, plums, tangerines (not oranges), and honeydew or casaba melons.
Low Carbohydrate Content (Eat As Much As You Like):
Any kind of meat including beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken, any kind of fish, seafood or shellfish, eggs, or cheese.
Vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, asparagus, any kind of greens such as spinach, beet greens, kale, swiss chard, mustard greens and turnip greens. Summer and zucchini squashes.
Salad materials such, as any kind of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, etc.
Any kind of oil such as corn oil, olive oil, peanut oil, etc., and butter.
Getting yourself onto a low carb diet is one of the most important things you can do if you have a diabetic condition.