27. Here’s How to Estimate about How Many Carbs You’re Eating

When it comes to carbs, keep in mind that the number listed next to “carbohydrates” on a label isn’t always representative of how much carbohydrate your body will actually be getting.

When looking at a label, subtract the amount of fiber listed from the total number of carbs — since fiber isn’t digested or metabolized like other carbs, the remaining number represents the amount of carbs your body can use (and that’s the number you want to pay attention to).

Lofton says that a serving of carbs is about 15 grams, which is, for example:

• 1 slice of bread

• 1/2 cup oatmeal

• 1 small piece of fresh fruit

• 4 to 6 crackers

Comite recommends sticking to carbohydrates that won’t cause the blood sugar to rise and fall quickly. Look for carbs with a glycemic index rating under 55, like fruit, beans, vegetables, and so on. For more info on foods and their glycemic index rating, check this out.

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