When you're starting to count calories and watch your sugar, carbs, fat, and protein intake, it is very important to understand what food labels are actually telling you.
1. Serving Size
Our first top tip is to check the serving size. We all have different versions of what we think a good serving size is, so it's important you take the true measured amount so not to go over your carbs or protein count. This keeps you mindful of what you're eating and ensure you stay on track.
2. Total Carbs
Secondly, check out the total carbs. This shows you how much total carbs is in the product - that means it counts the carbs in every form, from sugar to fibre and starches.
3. Closer look at fibre
Let's look at fibre. This comes in two forms - soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre can slow down indigestion meaning glucose found in food takes longer to be absorbed. This is good as it stops your blood sugar level from rising too quickly. They also have the added benefit of binding with cholesterol and flushing them out of your body. While insoluble fibre helps retain water in your intestines and aides in keeping your bowel movements regular. Fibre isn't broken down and absorbed by the body. As it's not digested, the number of grams of fibre in a food product is subtracted from total carbs.