How to Calculate Carbs
Whether you are a diabetic or not, it’s still a good idea not to overdo it on carbs. I aim for 30 grams of carbs for each hour of exercise. For meals, I try to keep the range between 30 and 45 grams.
When you read the nutrition facts on a label, first look at the total carbs. Let’s say the total carbs are 40 grams. Next look for fiber. If the fiber count is 5 grams, subtract the fiber from the total carbs. Ex: 40-5 = 35. The net carbs is 35 grams. The reason you can deduct the fiber is because fiber is non-digestible and has zero calories. Fiber is awesome!
If two products have the same amount of total carbs, but one has lower net carbs, get the one with the lower net carbs because that one has more fiber and is the healthier choice. Knowing how to determine what the net carbs are in food is especially important for diabetics since the amount of insulin to take is determined by the amount of NET carbs.