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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Aide for Counting Carbs for Diabetes Health!, November 14, 2013
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This review is from: The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter 2014: Larger Print Edition (Calorieking Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter (Larger Print Edition)) (Paperback)
A couple years ago, my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. This means we have to count carbs. The hospital recommended The CalorieKing book for counting carbs, and it really is a great book. The original book is a small paperback size, with print to match. It's OK with my reading glasses, but I was overjoyed to find that they publish a larger print edition, also.

This is a review of the 2014 Larger Print Edition. The Larger Print Edition isn't the LARGE print that you see in a large-print novel. But it is LARGER print, and I really appreciate it. The size of the larger print book itself is a little bigger than the regular CalorieKing edition, but it's still paperback book size. Easy to store in a purse or glove compartment or backpack.
size regular print 6 7/8 " x 4 1/4 "
size Larger Print 7 1/4 " x 5 1/4 "
Both books are the same thickness, a shade over 1/2"

CalorieKing deserves it's reputation for thoroughness. The main reason you'd need updated editions of it is if you eat out a lot. It can be very difficult to estimate carbs in restaurant food. Each year's updated menus of the larger restaurant chains are welcome. But as far as grocery food, the apple and broccoli carb counts won't change from year to year, and packaged groceries will always have a label telling, among other things, how many carbs per serving.

To give you an example of what a lifesaver CalorieKing is, I took a trip last year with my son, traveling by air. It was fantastic to just look in this book and total the carbs as he ordered a meal from Arby's in the airport food court. It couldn't have made it easier!

Though we use this book for carb counting, for each item you are given three values: the total calories, the total grams of fat, and the total grams of carbohydrates. Examples:
.........................................................Calories.....Fat......Carbs
Arby's:
Chicken -
Chicken Bacon & Swiss: Crispy............600.........27.......55
.....Roasted............................................470.........19.......43
Chicken Filet: Crispy..............................530.........25.......52
.....Roast................................................400.........16.......40

Banana (weight with skin):
1 small (6", 4 per lb), 4 oz........................90..........0.........23
1 medium (7",3 per lb), 5 oz..................105..........0.........27
1 large (8"), 7 oz...................................120..........0.........30
1 extra large (9"), 9 oz...........................135..........0.........35
without skin, 1 oz.....................................25..........0..........6

What I've done with bananas, is kind of average all these counts, to make it easier. Now we measure the banana and figure 3.8 carbs (grams) per inch. Pears come out to about 3.5 carbs per oz. Apples to 3.2 per oz. And to measure the food in ounces or grams I can highly recommend the reasonably priced, easy-to-use, great little scale made by EatSmart: EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale, White

For different size portions, you extrapolate. The book states that a 7 oz pear is 25 carbs. If your pear is 11 oz, then its carb calculation:

11 oz divided by 7 oz = 1.57 (the 11 oz pear is 0.57 larger than (or 157% of) the 7 oz pear)

1.57 x 25 carbs for a 7 oz pear = 39 carbs for the 11 oz pear

The calculations, until you get to the point where you can eyeball sizes for an estimate, can be tiresome, but that's how it goes. To have this marvelous book to give basic carb counts is invaluable.

Very handy book. I bought one copy for each glove compartment, one for each grandparent house, one for the house, one for my purse, and one for travel! I have been updating my edition each year, just because we do eat out and get take-out. It's great to pick up some fried rice at Panda Express, and be able to just look up the carbs.

Happy Reader
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