What are Net Carbs?

Net carbs refer to the amount of carbs absorbed by the body, they may also be referred to as digestible or impact carbs. When we eat food that contains carbs, most will be broken down into individual sugar units by the enzymes in our small intestine. The body is only able to absorb individual sugar units. Carbs that include fiber and sugar alcohols, can only be partially broken down. Therefore, your body is unable to absorb all of them. Most fiber and sugar alcohols can be subtracted from the total carbs to give you net carbs.

Calculating Net Carbs in Whole Foods

Whole foods contain natural fiber, so you simply subtract fiber from the total carbs.

A medium sized Avocado contains 17.1 grams of carbs and 13.5 grams of fiber.

So, 17.1 minus 13.5, gives us a net carbs of 3.6 grams.

Calculating Net Carbs in Processed Foods

Most fiber can be subtracted from total carbs unless the fiber is Isomaltooligosaccharide (IMO) is in the ingredients list, subtract only half of the fiber carbs.

Calculating Net Carbs from Sugar Alcohols

Most of the time you can subtract half of the carbs from sugar alcohols, from total carbs. If the sugar alcohol is Erythritol you can subtract all its carbs.

*** These calculations are Not 100% accurate, it is not possible to come up with an exact calculation of how everyone’s body processes fiber. ***

The information in this post was researched @ https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/net-carbs#TOC_TITLE_HDR_5

Published by Mike

Just beginning my keto journey. My goal is to lose 50 pounds and improve my overall health. I'm also hoping to build an audience I can interact with and learn from.

3 thoughts on “What are Net Carbs?

  1. Hi Mike I enjoy reading your blog and learn many things . It inspired me to make some interesting videos on my youtube channel CarneKeto petru. If you please have a look, Thanks


    1. Thank you very much, it was so nice to hear that you enjoy my content, found value in it, and were inspired by it. I couldn’t ask for more. I did view a few minutes of your content, you seem to be much further along in your journey than I. You also seem to be very knowledgeable as well, I’m sure I will learn from you. I will be back to check out more of your content, and hope maybe some of my followers do as well.


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