Beyond “Good Carbs” vs “Bad Carbs”: A New Approach to Assessing Carbohydrate Quality to Build Diabet

Beyond “Good Carbs” vs “Bad Carbs”: A New Approach to Assessing Carbohydrate Quality to Build Diabetes-Friendly Plates

Sponsored By: Potatoes USA

Carbohydrate-containing foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes form the foundation of nutritious diets worldwide. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) recommend adults consume 45-65% of calories from carbohydrates. While the accessibility, versatility and nutrient contributions of these foods make them a solution to build nourishing meals, the advice falls short on how to choose quality sources. Further, current evidence illustrates the need for a globally accepted definition of quality carbohydrates – one that aligns with dietary recommendations, considers a food’s total nutrient package and supports healthful eating patterns for all consumers, including those with diabetes.

During this session, Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDCES will discuss the scientific shortcomings of the glycemic index and share the latest science that introduces newer approaches for evaluating carbohydrate quality. Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RD will then discuss practical ways to help clients with diabetes select carbohydrate-containing foods that fit their lifestyle and nutrition goals. The webinar will also highlight delicious, diabetes-friendly recipes and meal planning strategies to empower clients to incorporate nutrient-dense carbohydrates, including potatoes.

Presented on: Wednesday, April 5, 2023  1pm CT, 2 pm ET


Melissa Joy DobbinsMelissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDCES

Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, CDCES is the CEO of Sound Bites® Inc., and promotes sound science, smart nutrition and good food. Melissa is best known for her Sound Bites® Podcast and her Media Training workshops for dietitians and other health professionals. As the host of the Sound Bites® Podcast, Melissa explores the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition in conversations with her guests who are experts on a variety of topics ranging from farming to fad diets. Melissa has extensive media experience as a spokesperson for the food, grocery and healthcare industries, and received the Media Excellence Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2016. Through media interviews and social media outreach, Melissa helps people digest nutrition information so they can make their own, well-informed decisions based on facts, not fear. As a certified diabetes educator for more than 20 years and a former supermarket dietitian, Melissa shares evidence-based information and realistic solutions to help people enjoy their food with health in mind.

Mary Ellen PhippsMary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD is the cookbook author and registered dietitian behind As someone who's been living with type 1 diabetes since she was 5 years old, she strives to combine personal experience and professional expertise into relevant and relatable diabetes education available for free online. Mary Ellen received her Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition Sciences from Baylor University and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she also completed her dietetic internship. You can find her on social media (@milknhoneynutrition on Instagram and @diabetesnutritionist on TikTok) and traditional media helping bring joy back to life and the kitchen for people with diabetes. She is the author of The Easy Diabetes Cookbook (2021), and The Easy Diabetes Desserts Cookbook (2022), and a contributing writer, recipe developer and content expert for WebMD, CNBC, and other leading health and wellness organizations.

Credits: 1 CEU, Level 1


After completing this webinar, participants will be able to: 

  1. Recognize the need for nuance in defining high-quality carbohydrate-containing foods given the diversity within this food category.
  2. Interpret shortcomings of the glycemic index and identify alternative science-based approaches to identifying high-quality carbohydrate containing foods.
  3. Describe strategies to incorporate high-quality carbohydrate foods that support healthful eating patterns for people with diabetes.


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