How to Calculate Carbs

Hey there i dont understand the calulation on the carbo counter ..if there is separate counts for carbohydrate and separate counts for sugar do u add or subtract the sugar amount as do for fibre??

Cheers leao [via Ask Questions]

Let’s take a look at a typical reading for carbohydrates that you see on a nutrition label. It looks like this:

Total Carbohydrate 15 g
Dietary Fiber 5 g
Sugars 10 g

Most carbohydrates contain sugars and fiber, which is why there are separate counts for them on a label. Fiber is not digestible and does not really affect blood sugar, so for dieting purposes you do not need to count fiber.

The sugar count is on a label just to let you know how much sugar is in the food, but carbohydrates mainly consist of sugar, so the only variable here is fiber.

To answer your question, you do not need to subtract the sugar count, subtract fiber instead. So in the example above, you take the total carbohydrate count and subtract the amount of fiber, i.e., 15 g – 5 g = 10 grams of carbs.

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