Keeping Track of Net Carbs
In order to keep track of the carbs we DO digest, we keep track of net carbs. Examples coming up!
By choosing to eat high-quality fats (meaning essential fats provided by avocados and olives, for example) versus the bad fats found in vegetable oils, soybean oil, (yes, I was surprised that vegetable oils were bad, after all it’s made from veggies!) we give our body the ‘good’ fat it needs. Read more about good fats here.
What ARE Net Carbs?
The next question that arises is "How do you count the carbs you consume? All of them, or ‘net’ carbs?"
It’s your choice to either track ‘total carbs’ or ‘net carbs’. I chose net because of my love of Suzanne Ryan’s books which contain hundreds of mouth-watering recipes. The total food in the recipes is broken down into net carbs, fat, protein, and their calories.
Net carbs are what’s left from the total carbs after you subtract Dietary Fiber and Sugar Alcohols. Why take those two out of the equation?
Dietary Fiber and Sugar Alcohols do not have much impact on your blood sugar levels as they take a lot longer to be digested.
When you’re reading your labels, look at Total Carbohydrates, then simply deduct the fiber and sugar alcohols. What
you have left are the “net carbs.” Don't confuse "sugars" with "sugar alcohols". They are not the same.
Deduct FIBER and SUGAR ALCOHOLS only from Total Carbohydrates. I know I’m belaboring
this point, but anything I can do to help make the ‘net carb’ thing
easier to compute makes my day (and yours!) a little easier.
NOTE: Sugar Alcohols are not in all products!