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I was told to watch my carbohydrates. What does that mean?

Kate's Response:
The first step to improving your diet is understanding which foods have the biggest impact on your blood sugar. Carbohydrates turn into glucose more quickly as compared to proteins and fats and have the biggest impact on your blood sugar. Therefore, it is important to have portion control with all types of carbohydrates. Often, carbohydrates are referred to as “sugar,” however, carbohydrates include more than sugar.  Carbohydrates include both healthy and unhealthy foods, which include starches or grains, dairy, fruit, table sugar, and desserts and sweets. All carbohydrates have an impact on your blood sugar. 

What foods or drinks contain caffeine?

Kate's Response:
Caffeine is naturally found in many seeds, leaves and more than 60 types of plants, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Plants that naturally contain caffeine, according to the NIH, include:

  • Coffee
  • Cocoa beans (used in chocolate)
  • Kola nuts (used in many sodas)
  • Tea leaves
Caffeine is often found in processed foods and medications, according to the NIH, including:

  • Candies
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Gum
  • Many sodas
  • Snacks
  • Tea
Some medications, including over-the-counter pain relievers, diet pills and cold medicines also include caffeine, according to the NIH.