A carb count is a calculation of the total grams of carbohydrates that are consumed during snacks or meals. Many patients with diabetes count carbs to keep their blood sugar at optimal levels. Foods that contain carbs affect blood sugar levels more than foods that contain protein and fats.
Patients who need to count carbs should start by meal planning. A registered dietician helps patients create meal plans with the right balance of protein, fats and carbs. Next, patients need to learn which foods contain carbohydrates. Some foods containing high carb levels include pasta, bread and cereal. Using measuring tools helps accurately measure portion sizes and complete carb counts.