Net Carbs vs. Total Carbs

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To talk about carbs, it’s important to know that not all carbohydrates affect the body in the same way. Some carbohydrates are rapidly absorbed and cause blood sugar levels to quickly rise after eating them, for example white bread, white rice, potatoes, candies. These types of carbs have a high glycemic index (the glycemic index is a measure of how quickly food glucose is absorbed), which makes easier to your body to absorb sugar and convert it in to fat.
Other carbs, move slowly through the digestive system and much of it isn't digested at all. These types of carbs are insoluble fiber; you can find it on fruits, whole grains, and vegetables.

Total Carbs

The “total carbs” label on a product refers to a combined amount of all three types of carbohydrates- sugar, complex carbohydrate and fiber per serving.

What’s a Net Carb?

Net Carbs represent the total carbohydrate content of the food minus the fiber content. This number reflects the total of grams that impact your blood sugar levels; foods that are low in net carbs are less likely to impact and sabotage your weight loss.

Net Carbs = Total Carbohydrates - Fiber - Sugar Alcohols (if applicable)

Weight loss surgery – Recommendation:

Carbohydrates are a common source of energy in living organisms; the appropriate consumption of them is necessary.  The key to maintain a healthy and faster nutrition while you are on weight loss journey is to choose better type of food, include ingredients with less sugar and more fiber.

Major sources of “good” carbs are grain products, starchy vegetables and fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds. Another great tip is to choose in majority brown or green food and avoid white food (white bread, white potatoes, white rice, white pasta…)


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