Which foods have carbs?
Any foods that contain sugars and starches (which the body breaks down into sugar) contain carbs. Some examples of carbohydrate-containing foods are cereals, bread, rice, starchy vegetables potatoes, beans, fruit and juice, and even dairy products.
There are sometimes also “hidden carbs” in many foods, such as commercially processed meats, sauces and salad dressings, and even in coffee!
What are net carbs?
Net carbs are the grams of total carbs in a portion of food minus the total grams of fiber in that food. Your body doesn’t actually digest fiber, and so it does not raise blood sugar levels or trigger an insulin response the way regular carbohydrates do.
Does that mean I can’t drink beer?
Beer is, unfortunately, liquid bread and is usually loaded with carbohydrates. If you must drink the occasional beer, try a Michelob Ultra (2.6 carbs) or a Budweiser Select 55 (1.9 g carbs, and a taste so awful that you’ll want to avoid beer forever).
What about other alcohol?
When it comes to low carb alcohol, distilled spirits are all virtually free of carbohydrates and are therefore your safest best. Avoid sugary mixers, in favor of muddled mint leaves and squeezes of lime. Dry wine is also acceptable, usually at around 3 grams per glass.
How do I know how many carbs are in my food?
If you are just starting a low carb diet, it is highly recommended that you track your food using a free calorie counter tool like myfitnesspal.com. This will help you get more familiar with how many carbs are in the foods you eat. You’ll be shocked at how much hidden sugar is in a lot of your food!
Will I experience carb withdrawal pains?
Many people do experience unpleasant symptoms during the initial period of switching to a low carb diet. For some this means intense sugar cravings, but sometimes it can even include flu-like symptoms. This is not a sign of illness, but rather is the result of your body clearing itself of the excess carbs in your system.
Don’t give up! Most people find that this last no more than a few days.
What if I still crave carbs?
After your first week or so of low carb dieting, the cravings should subside. Psychological cravings may persist for much longer. The best cure for intense sugar cravings is eating protein. There are also many ways to make low carb versions of many traditionally high carb foods, using ingredients like almond flour.
There are also plenty of ready-made snack products available including our favorite, low carb chips!
How many net carbs are in a regular bag of chips?
According to the USDA nutrient database, the average 8 oz bag of plain, salted potato chips contains 122.19 grams of carbs and 7 grams of total dietary fiber. That means an 8 oz bag of chips can have over 115 net carbs! An 8 oz bag of plain pita or tortilla chips can have 140 net carbs or more. Don’t worry! We recommend a lot of low carb alternatives.