Carbs in All Types of Food and Drink
Digestible or 'Net' Carbs - Plus Details of Dietary Fiber
Information About Carbs - Carbohydrates Guide

Glycemic Index GI of Carbs
Glycemic Load of Carbs
GI Diet - Low GI Diet

Carbohydrates in Food

Carbs are one of three main nutrients in food, the others being fats and protein. There are three common types of carbs in foods: (1) Sugar; (2) Starch; and (3) Dietary fiber. Only sugar and starch is digested, as the human body lacks the digestive enzymes to break down (metabolize) dietary fiber in the intestinal tract.

Carbs in Processed Food

Sugar is the most widespread form of carbohydrate. Not least because one of the most common ingredients in processed food, is sugar. In fact, about half our sugar intake comes from 'invisible' sugars inside foods (rather than sugar we add), the main sugar culprits being sodas, cakes, cookies and candy.

Carbs in Natural Foods

Sugar-carbs are found in a range of natural food, including milk (containing lactose, or milk sugar), fruits (containing fructose, or fruit sugar) and sugar beet (containing sucrose).

Starch-carbs are found in all cereal grains, as well as roots and tubers. Starchy foods include: bread, pasta, rice, noodles, couscous, tapioca, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams.

Dietary fiber carbohydrates (soluble and insoluble fiber) are found in most plant foods, like fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grain cereals.

Foods Contain Different Types of Carbs

Many foods contain a mixture of different types of carbohydrate. For example, many whole grain cereals and beans contain both starch and fiber (soluble and insoluble).

Digestible or Net Carbs

With the advent of low carb diets and carb-counting, it is common to see the phrase "Net Carbs" or "Digestible Carbs." In simple terms, this refers to the total amount of carbs in a particular food that can be absorbed and digested in the intestinal tract. It therefore excludes dietary fiber as this cannot be digested. In simple terms, the easiest way to calculate "net carbs" in a food, is to subtract its content of dietary fiber from it's total carb content.

Glycemic Response to Carb Foods

To see how rapidly carb-rich foods raise blood glucose levels, GI Values for Carbohydrates.

Nutrition in Carbohydrates

For details of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, like phytochemicals, see below.

Carb Content of
Individual Foods

Carb Controlled
Atkins Diet Foods
Low Carb Foods
Zone Diet Foods

Drinks
Alcohol
Beer
Soda

Breads
Bread
Bagels
Croissant
Donut
Muffin

Snack Foods
Cake
Candy/Chocolate
Chips
Cookies/Biscuits
Crackers
Energy Bars
Ice Cream
Nuts/Seeds
Pancakes/Waffles
Popcorn
Pretzels

Basic Foods
Beans/Legumes
Breakfast Cereal
Cheese
Coffee
Condiments
Dressings
Eggs
Fish
Flour/Baking Foods
Fruit
Grains
Meats
Milk, Cream,Yogurt
Noodles
Pasta
Pies
Pizza
Potatoes
Rice
Sauces
Soup
Soy Food
Sugars
Syrups
Toppings
Vegetables

Carbohydrate & Fiber in Food
The carb and fiber content of foods may vary. So the above carb and dietary fiber values are approximate only.

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Carbohydrates Information
Carbohydrate Science
Synthesis of Carbohydrates
Benefits of Carbohydrates
Complex Carbs Guide
Simple Carbs Guide
Monosaccharides
Disaccharides
Oligosaccharides
Polysaccharides
Carb Counting Guide
Carb Loading
Facts About Carbohydrates
Diabetes, Carbs and Diet
Fiber in Diet
Types of Fiber
Best Sources of Fiber
Benefits of Fiber
Daily Fiber Needs

Carbs and Glycemic Index
Digestion of Carbs
Blood Glucose Levels
Glucose into Energy
What is Glycogen?
How is GI Measured?
What Affects Glycemic Value?
Glycemic Index Food Chart
Glycemic Index Food Pyramid
Glycemic Value of a Meal
GI Diet Recipes
Low Carb Recipes
Nutrition & Carbohydrate
Nutrition in Carbs
Minerals in Carbohydrates
Vitamins in Carbohydrates
Phytochemicals in Carbs

Carb-Controlled Diets
Atkins Diet Review
Carbohydrate Addict's Diet Review
South Beach Diet Review
Zone Diet Review
Low Carb Dieting
Benefits of Low Carb Diets
Low Carb Diets Health Risks
Ketosis - High Ketones in Blood
Gluconeogenesis Guide
Free Low Carb Diet Advice
Low Carb Weight Loss Diet
Diabetes, Insulin, Obesity
Diabetes Information
Hyperglycemia - High Blood Glucose
Obesity Information
Diabesity, Diabetes and Obesity
Insulin Information
Insulin Resistance Syndrome


Carbs-Information.com provides general information about different types of carbohydrate, like monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, polysaccharides, as well as nutritional value of carbohydrates, carb-content of foods, plus details of GI values of all food groups, plus advice about diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance. But no information is intended as a substitute for medical advice. Copyright 2003-2018.