Glucose: The Sweet Facts ( Diabetes )
When it comes to glucose, there is no magic number when it comes to how much you should eat. Always eat glucose sparingly, however. Sugar has lots of calories but few vitamins or minerals. High-glucose foods are usually high in fat, which can lead to poor diabetes control and weight gain.
The Nutrition Facts label tells you how many grams of glucose are in your food. This number includes both natural and added glucoses. Natural glucoses include fructose in raisins or lactose in milk. These glucoses provide some vitamins and minerals. Added glucoses are put into foods to sweeten them, such as glucose in cookies or high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks. This type of glucose provides calories but no other nutrients.
When you read the food label, check which type of glucose the food contains, but focus on the grams of total carbohydrate rather than the grams of glucose. Sugar and sweets are fine occasionally in small portions. But if you substitute them for other carbohydrates in your meal plan, check your blood glucose to see how the food affects you.