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Trying to figure how many grams of carbohydrate are in that food you’re about to eat? Manny Hernandez — known to many in the diabetes online community as President of the Diabetes Hands Foundation (the group behind TuDiabetes) — has discovered a quick and easy way: Just enter the food and the word “carbohydrate” into Google, and the search engine will display the carbohydrate count per serving. Here’s the example Manny gave.

Try it our yourself and let us know how it works!

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.


  1. only works with single words

    Posted by karend1 |
  2. It just depends on what it is. I did wheat bread and it brought back the proper results. Cherry pie, no, it did not work.

    Posted by Joanne B |
  3. I need to try this.

    Posted by Nadine Jordan |
  4. yes it does seem to depend on what it is.
    Cherry pie didn’t work..but apple pie and pumpkin pie did. as did mashed potatoes.
    I think they just don’t have every food done yet.

    Posted by Marie H |
  5. If you have an iPad or iPhone with Siri, this process is even easier. Just activate Siri and say the name of the food, followed by the word carbohydrate. Example, “spaghetti carbohydrate.” Works great. Siri brings up a complete analysis.

    Posted by Carol |
  6. considering i have had type-1 diabetes since 1978 and no health insurance for a decade and i pass out on an inconsistent basis, none of this you’ve been posting recently crap is useful to me at all.

    what CAN you do for me that will keep me from passing out or dying or worse, killing someone?

    Posted by meredith |
  7. Hi Meredith,

    I’m sorry to hear that you have been going through such a difficult time. There are a number of programs that may help. First off, many of the pharmaceutical manufacturers have programs to help people who qualify receive medicines at no or reduced cost, including the following:

    Lilly TruAssist: http://www.lillytruassist.com/Pages/index.aspx

    Takeda Patient Assistance Program: http://www.tpna.com/responsibility/patient_assistance_program.aspx

    Sanofi Patient Connection: https://patientassistanceprogram.sanofi-aventis.us/index.html

    Novo Nordisk Patient Assistance: http://www.novonordisk-us.com/documents/article_page/document/Patient_Assistance_Home.asp

    (Lilly, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk are all insulin manufacturers.) Googling the name of a manufacturer along with “patient assistance program” can help you find more of these programs.

    Retailers such as Meijer, Publix, Kroger, and Wal-Mart also sometimes offer certain diabetes medicines for free or at reduced prices. You can learn more about that at the following locations:



    The savings cards referenced in the second article may also be of use.

    There is also a Web site that can help you compare the cost of medicines from one retailer to the next in your area. That can be found here:


    You might also be interested in our article “Getting a Hand From Social Agencies”:


    I hope that these resources are helpful and wish you the very best of luck.

    Diane Fennell
    Web Editor

    Posted by Diane Fennell |

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