Choosing Carb Foods: Dairy and Diabetes
Many of the foods we enjoy contain carbohydrates. A bowl of pasta, a sandwich on whole grain bread, or a blueberry muffin all have to be eaten in measured quantities. Even dairy products, such as a glass of milk or cup of yogurt, likely will have carbohydrates that need to be accounted for in a diabetic diet.
Dairy products are an important part of a healthy diet as they provide our bodies with important nutrients such as calcium and protein. The USDA recommends three servings of low-fat dairy products a day, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. And for the good news…Cheese is a low-carb food that can be eaten in moderation without counting as a carbohydrate.
An 8 oz. glass of milk has approximately 12 grams of carbohydrates. Switching to low fat or nonfat milk from whole milk will not change the amount of carbs in a serving. Even lactose-free milk counts as a carb serving.
There are low-carb alternatives easily available, such as unsweetened soy milk, but often these products are more costly, sometimes costing twice as much as regular milk. Sweetened soy milk has a similar amount of carbs as milk.