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October 3, 2010 1:53 PM
On food labels they have Carbs and then Sugar listed under it. I'm confused because I'm wondering if Carbs is like a Total number with Sugar added into it? If that makes sense.

I understand that Sugar is a simple Carb, and all Carbs turn into sugar. So I'm wondering if Sugar on food labels is the same thing as Carbs?

I think I'm rambling on.

Thank you for any help :)
  1339876
October 3, 2010 2:03 PM
All sugars are carbs, but not all carbs are sugar.

There is some debate on this, as carbs are processed (depending on their level of refinement) into sugar fairly quickly by your body.

The less processed a carb is, the slower this process is. Which is why you are more likely to get a spike/crash from a donut then a bunch of broccoli.

HTH.
October 3, 2010 2:07 PM
Sugars are carbs and part of the total carbs you will find on the nutrition label.

Having a separate sugar count helps those of us that need to watch our sugar intake, but I'm not sure if that is the reason they have it listed separately.
  1443620
October 3, 2010 2:15 PM
Good question . . . I have always wondered that too!
  2315613
October 3, 2010 2:25 PM
There are different types of carbs. Sugars are one of them. the others are Starch, Glycogen & Cellulose.
  1198157
October 3, 2010 2:42 PM
Thank you this is quite helpful.

So I'm guessing if you have a meal that lists 10g sugar and 10g carbs - I can take it as saying
"This food is a total of 10g Carbs" which the sugar would be included just so long as there is nothing else listed under carbs.

Would that be correct?

:D
  1339876
October 3, 2010 2:59 PM
QUOTE:

Thank you this is quite helpful.

So I'm guessing if you have a meal that lists 10g sugar and 10g carbs - I can take it as saying
"This food is a total of 10g Carbs" which the sugar would be included just so long as there is nothing else listed under carbs.

Would that be correct?

:D


Yes--the "carbs" total is the sum--one of the "subtotals" is sugar.

In most cases, if you see a label that says "10g Carbohydrates" and, under that, it says "10g sugar" that would be the signal to put that item down and choose something else. ....laugh
October 3, 2010 3:02 PM
QUOTE:

In most cases, if you see a label that says "10g Carbohydrates" and, under that, it says "10g sugar" that would be the signal to put that item down and choose something else. ....laugh


hehe Awesome! Thanks :D
Very good advice as well. Very cool ;)
  1339876
October 3, 2010 5:45 PM
The total amount of carbs includes the amount of sugar. Just liike under 'fat' you have saturated fat, monounsaturated fat etc. if the label says 14 g. carbs then 9 g. sugar, there's still only 14g. all together
August 15, 2012 3:25 PM
Thank you so much. I was having a hard time understanding that too...Great Question and answers. Now I get it!
  27352871
April 29, 2014 4:19 PM
Recently diagnosed diabetic type 2. Water makes me gag so I drink vitamin water zero, usually lemonade. The label says 5 g carbs with 0g sugars. Sweetened with stevia. I dont see any other ingredients that are in the carb/sugar category. I want to understand what that means for my glucose management. Plz help.
May 14, 2014 10:15 AM
when counting carb intake, if it's written on the laben 14g carbs, 6 sugar, 2 fibre, would that mean that it's 6 "pure" carbs (14-6-2)? I'm just trying to count correctly.

Cheers,
Dagmara
May 14, 2014 10:24 AM
It's been said, but to reiterate:

There are many types of carbohydrates, all of which contain 4 Calories per gram. Fiber and sugar are two types of carbs. Since people try to manage their intake of these two types, then under the heading of Carbohydrates they show the amount of the total that those two types of carbs make up. The number listed by Carbohydrates is the TOTAL number of carbs. The fiber and sugar totals are a piece of the whole. If you are counting carbs for whatever reason, you need to look at the total. Myself, I would be more concerned with the sugar subtotal than the total amount of carbs.

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