Too many carbohydrates at one time can spike your blood sugar. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugars, which are absorbed into your bloodstream. If you have diabetes, this can make blood sugar rise. Prolonged high blood sugars are harmful to your health.
Choosing foods with lower calories and fat can help you maintain a healthy weight, which will also help you manage your diabetes.
Below is a chart of the most popular picnic foods with nutrition facts listed for calories, fat grams, grams of carbohydrate, and fiber. Use About.com's Calorie Count to find nutrition facts for thousands of food items.
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Nutrition Facts for Picnic Food
|FOOD||Serving Size||Calories||Grams of Fat||Grams of Carbs||Fiber|
|Potato Salad||1 cup||358||20.5||27.9||3.2|
|Macaroni Salad||3/4 cup||440||39.0||23.0||1.0|
|Baked Brown Beans||1 cup||382||13.0||54.1||13.9|
|Fruit Salad||1 cup||123||0||29.0||2.0|
|Corn on the Cob||1 ear, buttered||155||3.4||31.9||0.8|
|Hotdog with Bun||1||308||18.8||23.6||0.9|
|Hamburger with Bun||3 oz. patty||304||11.9||21.3||0.9|
|Chicken Breast||3 oz. grilled||142||3.1||0.0||0.0|