Glycemic Load & Net Carb Calculator
Often the scientific and nutrition community talk about a carbohydrate’s glycemic index and how it contributes to a food’s glycemic load. The glycemic index is a ranking of carbohydrates based on their immediate effect on blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. It compares foods gram for gram of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates that breakdown quickly during digestion have the highest glycemic indexes. The blood glucose response is fast and high. Carbohydrates that breakdown slowly, releasing glucose gradually into the blood stream, have low glycemic indexes.
In very simple terms the higher the glycemic index of an ingredient the greater its propensity to increase blood sugar levels. The greater the amount of high glycemic index ingredients in the food the higher the glycemic load. The higher the glycemic load of a food, the greater its propensity to raise blood sugar levels. As noted before, increased blood sugar levels increases insulin production; this in turn increases the conversion of the sugar to fat for storage. Excessive and frequent release of insulin can lead to insulin resistance.
When assessing the carbohydrate content of a food, we want to determine its glycemic load on a per serving basis. To simplify this determination the food industry refers to a food’s net carb content. The net carb content simply refers to the number of high glycemic index carbohydrates in a food; the lower the net carb content, the fewer the high glycemic index carbohydrates. In other words, we want to determine the number of high glycemic index carbs per serving of a given food. For Carb Escapes™ the net carb calculation varies from product to product, however all our products have only 1 Net Carb per serving . We provide the following example of how this is determined: