# Carbohydrate portions

If you’ve attended a DAFNE course, you may be more familiar with using carbohydrate portions rather than grams for counting carbohydrates. One carbohydrate portion (CP) is equal to 10 grams of carbohydrate. If you have not attended a DAFNE course, ignore the information below and move to the next section.

Whether you use grams or carbohydrate portions, the principles of carb counting are the same. You still need to identify all of the items that contain carbohydrate. You can then work out the carbohydrate portions by dividing the total amount of carbohydrate by 10:

Have a look at the example lunch below using a carbohydrate reference list in grams:

Lunch | Carbohydrate content |
---|---|

2 slices thick white toast | 44 grams |

Cheese and cold ham | 0 grams |

Packet of crisps | 17 grams |

Yoghurt | 19 grams |

The total carbohydrate content of the lunch above is 80g. As every 1 carbohydrate portion (CP) is equal to 10 grams of carbohydrate, you would divide the total carbohydrate by 10:

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