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       Title: What Is an Usa Food Exchange
  Categories: Diabetic, Info/help
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   What is an USA Food Exchange?
   It’s like trading  5 pennies for 1 nickel or 10 dime for a dollar
   bill. Right!  Okay.  In food exchanges, you may exchanges one
   measurement or amount of food for another food in the same group, ie,
   if by change, such as I do...I have a 1/2 grapefruit every
   morning...let’s say I ran out! I would look over the fruit exchange
   list to see what was there that I could have from the exchange group
   of the fruit list...then I could choose something from the fruit
   exchange.. Ah! Ha! I see I can sneak one of Bert’s orange’s. (2 1/2
   across)= 1/2 cup fresh fruit.
   The Food Exchange System is based on six exchanges lists: Starch/bread
   exchange, meat, vegetables, fruits, milk, and fats.  There is also
   some special lists.  Foods are grouped within each list on the basis
   of similar amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat.  For example,
   one fruit exchange is CHO: 15g, PRO: 0g; FAT: 0g; CAL: 60;  This
   equivalent to 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice, but only a 1/3 cup of
   prune juice because prune juice has more sugar then grapefruit juice.
   Keep in mind that there will be some surprises.  Corn, for example,
   is a vegetable, but it appears on the starch/bread list.  That is
   because corn is starchy and its carbohydrate value is much closer to
   bread then to most vegetables. Foods from the starch/bread list is
   sometimes called STARCH EXCHANGE and sometimes called the  BREAD
   EXCHANGE---but they mean the same thing.