Total Carbs vs. Net Carbs

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Total Carbs vs. Net Carbs

If you are new to the Keto diet, or if you are just researching ways to lower your carbohydrate intake, knowing how to calculate net carbs is super important.

You won’t find the term “net carbs” listed within the highly regulated Nutrition Facts Label on packaged foods. That’s because it’s a term coined by food manufacturers. The key difference between total carbs and net carbs (digestible carbs) is that total carbs include all the different types of carbohydrates in a food item: starches, dietary fiber, and sugars.

Net carbs, on the other hand, only include carbs that the body can fully digest which excludes dietary fiber and some but not all types of sugar alcohols.

To calculate a food item’s net carbs, it is necessary to determine the amount of fiber and the amount and ingredient source of sugar alcohols contained in a serving. This information is easily found on the Nutrition Facts Label and Ingredient listing required on all packaged food items.

The calculation is straightforward for dietary fiber but when it comes to sugar alcohols it’s a bit trickier to calculate total carbs as not all sugar alcohols are created equal.

That’s why I only bake with Erythritol from Monk Fruit- a sugar alcohol that the body does not digest. It’s easy to calculate net carbs for all our Grateful Snacking Co™ snacks.

Net carbs = Total carbs – Dietary Fiber – Sugar Alcohols (Erythritol)

For example, our Granola Bites contain 10 grams of Total Carbohydrates, 5 grams of Total Dietary Fiber and 3 grams of Sugar Alcohol from Erythritol derived from Monk Fruit per serving which calculates to 2 grams of Net Carbs.

Net Carbs (2 grams) = Total Carbs (10 grams) – Dietary Fiber (5 grams)- Sugar Alcohols (3 grams)
Calculating “net carbs” is helpful when tracking your carbohydrate intake, which is a key component of the keto diet.

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