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Carbohydrate counting and diabetes: how much is 15 grams of carbs?

See what 15 grams of carbs looks like in a variety of foods. Carbohydrate counting isn't just for grains and sweets—know how to estimate carbs in dairy products, fruits and vegetables, too. Download and share this infographic now.

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Approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate can be found in:

A single...

  • Slice of bread
  • Small pita
  • Small yogurt (3.5 oz)
  • Small banana
  • Small apple
  • Small glass of apple juice (4 oz)

1/2 cup of...

  • Cooked pasta or couscous
  • Lentils or dried beans

1 cup of...

  • Milk (8 oz)

1/3 cup of...

  • Cooked rice

3 teaspoons of...

  • Sugar
  • Honey

4 or 5...

  • Pieces of hard candy


  • Grapes

International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes education modules 2011: nutrition part 2: recommendations. Available at: Accessed January 7, 2019.

Queensland Health. Understanding the carbohydrate portion. Available at: Accessed September 15, 2015.

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