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Why are the food serving sizes different than what I see on the Nutrition Facts food label?

For people with diabetes, carbohydrate affects blood glucose levels more than any other nutrient. The food serving sizes in MyFoodAdvisor (with the exception of restaurant foods and frozen dinners) are based on the Exchange Lists for Meal Planning developed by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association.

For carbohydrate-containing foods, the serving size is based on how much of the food contains 15 grams of carbohydrate instead of the weight of the food. On most food products, the Nutrition Facts label uses a serving size that is much larger than wat you see in this tool. For example, a pasta or rice Nutrition Facts label often displays a serving with 40-45 grams of carbohydrate.

By having consistent carbohydrate, protein, and fat content for all of the serving sizes, it is easier to plan meals. You can swap one carbohydrate containing food for another without having to recalculate serving sizes on your own. MyFoodAdvisor has done it for you!

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