Think you know how to count carbs? Take our Carb Quiz and find out if you are a pro!

Write down your answers and e-mail them (with the subject line “Carb Quiz”) to Integrated Diabetes Services’ Director of Nutrition Education, Sarah Halabu:   sarah@integrateddiabetes.com

Be sure to include your full name, e-mail and phone number.  Sarah will score your test and send you a personalized reply, letting you know how
you did and where your strengths/weaknesses lie.

To learn more about carb counting, watch a video by registered dietician, Jenny Smith

Section 1: Applied Carb Counting  (each answer worth 4 pts)

Approximately how many grams of total carbohydrate are in the pictured portions?
1. Salmon with Pasta
A: 20
B: 30
C: 50
D: 75
2. Apple and Diet Soda
A: 5
B: 15
C: 25
D: 30
banana3. Banana
A: 10
B: 20
C: 30
D: 40
 4. Philly Soft Pretzel
A: 30
B: 45
C: 60
D: 90
5. Tossed Salad & Diet Soda
A. 0
B. 5
C. 10
D. 15
pear6. Pear
A. 5
B. 15
C. 25
D. 30
7. Cooked Mixed Vegetables &  Diet Soda
A. 0
B. 5
C. 10
D. 20
8. Life Cereal & Whole Milk
A. 20
B. 30
C. 40
D. 50
9. Cantaloupe
A. 15
B. 25
C. 35
D. 45
10. Waffles & Regular Maple Syrup
A. 25
B. 45
C. 60
D. 75
11. Chicken Breast, Cooked Carrots, & Mashed Potatoes
A. 15
B. 20
C. 35
D. 40
12. Popcorn & Diet Soda
A. 5
B. 20
C. 40
D. 60
13. Sausage Pizza & Diet Soda
A. 20
B. 40
C. 60
D. 70
14. Pretzels & Diet Soda
A. 25
B. 40
C. 50
D. 65

Section 2: Multiple Choice

(each worth 3 points)

QuestionYour Answer
15. Which meal contains the greatest
amount of carbohydrates?
A. 1 cup of sweetened vanilla yogurt and ½ cup of granola
B. 1cup frosted flakes and 1 cup whole milk
C. 1 English muffin with 2 Tbs peanut butter and 2 tsp jelly
D. 1 cup plain cooked oatmeal with 2 tsp. butter and 2 tsp. sugar
16. Which meal contains the least
amount of carbohydrates?
A. 1 1/2 cups of brown rice, 12 shrimp, 1 cup of broccoli, and 2 fortune cookies
B. 10 inch hoagie, and 1 small bag of chips
C. 1 1/2 cups of pasta with butter, 1 chicken breast, 2 Oreo cookie
D. 1 cup of potato, ½ cup peas, 1dinner roll, 5 oz steak, and 1 cup ice cream
17. Which statement is true about fiber?A. It speeds up the rate of digestion
B. It blocks insulin absorption
C. The human body does not absorb it
D. It stimulates the liver to release glucose
18. Which food would produce the slowest
rise in blood glucose?
A. Pretzels
B. Corn flakes
C. Ice cream
D. Rice cake
19. Which food would be the best choice for treating a low blood sugar (has a high glycemic value and, therefore, converts to glucose quickly)?A. Orange juice
B. Regular soda
C. Saltine crackers
D. Chocolate
20. You can use the Glycemic Index to help—–A. Figure out total carbohydrate content of foods
B. Increase metabolism
C. Figure out total insulin dose.
D. Manage after meal blood sugars.
21. Which has the highest glycemic index value (converts to glucose fastest)?A. Glucose tabs
B. Pasta
C. Apple
D. Chocolate
22. According to the nutritional information below, how much blood sugar-raising carbohydrate is in a 1½ cup portion?A. 12 g
B. 24 g
C. 32 g
D. 48 g
Nutrition facts:Serving size: ¾ cup
Servings per container: 12
Calories: 90
Calories from fat 10%
Total fat 1 g
Sodium 70mg
Potassium 120 mg
Total Carb 24 g
dietary fiber 8g
sugar 6g
Protein 3g
Daily Value

Section 3: True or False?

(each worth 2 points)

QuestionTrue or False?
23. Sugar alcohols do not raise blood sugarTrue
24. Carrots are as high in carbohydrates as potatoes.True
25. People with diabetes can include table sugar in their meal plans.True
26. Sweet potatoes are higher in carbohydrates than white potatoes.True
27. A cup of rice has more carbohydrate than a cup of pasta.True
28. Most vegetables contain no carbohydrates.True
29. Light (aspartame-sweetened) yogurt usually has the same amount of carbohydrate as fruit/sugar-sweetened yogurt.True
30. Half a cup of raisins has more carbohydrate than half a cup of grapes.True
31. Sugar-free chocolate often has the same amount of total carbohydrate as regular chocolate.True
32. Foods that are low in carbohydrates are always low in calories.True

This test was designed to assess your carb counting skills and determine where you may need to work on your carb counting accuracy.

Integrated Diabetes Services


For personalized instruction on carbohydrate gram counting or any other aspect of diabetes self-care, please contact us at:

Integrated Diabetes Services
333 E. Lancaster Ave., Suite 204
Wynnewood, PA 19096
(610) 642-6055
(877) 735-3648

Individual consultations are available via phone, Skype, fax and e-mail for those who live outside the Philadelphia area.

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