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How Important Is It to Calculate Net Carbs?

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  • Total net carbs reflect the grams of carbs that significantly impact your blood sugar level. Low-net-carb foods like dense fruits and vegetables don’t significantly impact blood sugar, so they’re less likely to interfere with weight loss
  • Net carbs are broken down into individual sugar units and absorbed into your bloodstream, but fiber and sugar alcohol carbs are processed differently, and aren’t usually included in a net carb calculation
  • If you’re making the commitment to burn fat for fuel, an online nutrient tracker like Cronometer is the easiest, most efficient way to determine your net carb intake and balance such nutritional aspects as your potassium-to-sodium ratio

By Dr. Mercola

When people sit down to enjoy a meal or snack, most have no idea what vitamins, minerals or other nutritional aspects the food contains, or the amounts. Often, when such individuals resolve to lose or maintain their weight, they read ingredient labels to see if they can figure out how they’re doing.

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