Monday, September 21, 2020

From The TESR Test Kitchen



Diabetes -- a national tragedy.  Lenny e-mailed that he was recently diagnosed and has to now count carbs.  "What am I supposed to eat?" he wonders.

First off, if you have insurance and it's covered, please visit a nutritionist.  They can help you with meal plans.  You should also educate yourself online via sites such as the American Diabetes Association.  And Trina's long noted The Mayo Clinic's online recipes for diabetics.



A serving of La Choy's Chicken Chow Mein has 16g of carbohydrates.  If you ate the full containers -- there are two cans -- the big one has vegetables, the little one the sauce -- it would be 48g of carbs.  45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal is what is recommended for diabetics.  You could eat a portion of the vegetable-sauce mixture and be fine.  In fact, you could eat the entire container's worth and still be okay.

Now if you eat it on rice, you'll need to factor in the rice.  Rice has carbs.  Even wild rice, even brown rice has carbs.  One cup of brown rice? You're looking at 44 to 52 grams of carbs.  Even wild rice, one cup, is going to give you 35 grams of carbs.

So factor that in.

The great thing about La Choy is that it tastes good.  Even without rice, all by itself, it tastes good.  The other great thing? You can do chicken or beef.  We're talking Chow Mein.  If you are considering anything else, look at the label.  We say that because the sweet & sour La Choy has over 40g of carbs per serving.  Repeating, we are covering the Chicken Chow Mein and the same is true of the Beef Chow Mein.  Otherwise, check the label.  

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