Fiber and Whole Grains

Fiber is important to any diet. Fiber is found in vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains. Fiber in food will slow the absorption of carbohydrates, but it is also considered a carbohydrate.

The general rule of thumb is that if food contains ≥5 g of dietary fiber per serving, subtract half the grams of dietary fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates. For example, if food contains 12 grams of carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber, the amount of carbs that will affect your blood sugar is 9 grams.