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What do 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce, 3 cups of air-popped popcorn, and six saltine crackers have in common?  They all count as one starch exchange in the diabetic exchange system.  A question that came up on the Reader Survey was, “Would you mind writing a post about the exchange system you use and why it’s helpful? I just don’t understand and not really sure where to start.”  Thanks so much for asking!  I’m happy to explain!

The diabetic exchange system is essentially a set of lists of foods which are interchangeable.  Designed in the 1950’s to help those suffering with diabetes make better nutrition decisions, the exchange system is also useful for weight loss and maintenance.  There’s a list for starches, one for milk products, one for proteins, and so on.  Within the lists, the foods are pretty much interchangeable.  As listed above, 3 cups of air-popped popcorn are roughly…

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Recently I came to an ugly realization–I am middle aged. I didn’t really think so but then I doubled my age and thought, “Hmmmm…some of people don’t live to that age. I must be middle age.” This epiphany came in the third quarter of my 39th year. So I am surviving middle age…it’s scary.

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