MANHASSET, NY – The New York Court of Appeals recently overturning the New York City ban on large sugary drinks means people need to be more aware of their carbohydrate intake, a New York endocrinologist says.
There are about 65 grams of sugar in a 20 ounce can of soda, which, if not properly balanced, may help to put someone over the number of carbohydrates they should be consuming in a day.
“For people who have diabetes, we have what’s called a carb consistent meal and based on your weight and the estimated number of calories you need to take in in a day, the nutritionist will sit down with a patient and see how much they need,” says Alyson Myers, MD, coordinator of the inpatient diabetes team at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. “And for someone with diabetes we usually recommend somewhere between 150 to 200 grams of sugar in a given day. For someone without diabetes, they might say, ‘Oh, I don’t need to eat that way,’ but for most people, that would be a safe way to eat.”
It may be difficult for people to estimate how much sugar and carbs they are eating, but Dr. Myers suggests using the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate website and tools to help you determine an adequate amount of carbohydrates in your diet.
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