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"How do I measure net carbs?"
Is there some equation? How do I do it?
To answer your question -- it depends on what you mean by "net carbs." There are many important reason to count carbohydrates, especially if one is trying to loose weight. That being said, any sophisticated diet change should be discussed with a trained professional. I would recommend seeing a dietician in order to better understand this topic and healthy diet options. Carbs, or carbohydrates, are a fundamental food type. This is essentially a sugar, although not necessarily the sweet sugar we use in foods. These complex sugars include bread, pasta, vegetables and fruits as well. If you are thinking of this in the context of weight management, the real question is not carbs, but calories. While some diets (e.g. Atkins) focus on carbs, most medical doctors will say that this is less important. The real method to loose weight is to eat less CALORIES (a unit of energy) than one expends (by exercise). Each gram of carbohydrate has 3.75 calories. Counting carbs or calories can be done using the nutritional information on the side of a food. Online calculators for vegetables and fruits can also be found. Talk to a dietitian. He or she can help you with your specific goals and find a health diet for you. Good luck!
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