What do carbs on a nutrition label mean?

Discussion in 'Diet & Nutrition' started by andysmith, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. andysmith

    andysmith New Member

    i always try to look at nutrition labels and see how many carbs there are. Now i know everyone says you should try to stay away from the refined sugars and stick to fiber.
  2. dkm1987

    dkm1987 New Member

    Total Carbs include Sugars, Sugar Alcohols and Fibers

    If a supposed sugar free item it should be void of actual sugars but will contain sugar alcohols or not if the sweetener is not an alcohol.

    The alcohols all have a varying impact on the GI and I am sure there is a chart somewhere that lists these.

    Fibers although they are a carbohydrate they do not impact the GI that much and for all intents and purpose can be removed from a carb count if counting carbs. In fact high fiber foods generally reduce the GL. For instance watermelon has a relatively high GI, but a low GL this is due to the fact that watermelon has a lot of fiber and a lot of ahhhh water.

    GI= how fast the carbs convert
    GL=how the whole food impacts serum sugars

    So the lower the GL and or GI typically the better when on a low carb diet
  3. TunnelRat

    TunnelRat Active Member

    I had my best fat loss success with a diet that included only low GI carbs.

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