Carb count

I see nutri info on a Nandini milk packet of 500 mil

Carbohydrate 4.9 gms

 of which Suguar (Lactose) 4.9 gms

Is it fine  as part of LCHF ?

On a rice packet I see from Laxmi Sortex export rice

Nutrition info as Approximately per 100 gm

Carbohydrates 35 Gms. 

Is this good choice for diabetics

I checked the same in Amira basmati rice where I saw

Carbohydrates 79 gms/ Per 100 with 0 sugars. What does this means ? If I consume 100 Gms then it converts in to 79 gms glucose correct

Kindly anyone please enlighten me about calculating carb count



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  • Dinkar

    The nutrition info tells you how much fat, carbohydrates, proteins etc are present in the food item. You cannot go by the packet size alone for the nutrition info because they typical print a "serving size" and approximate number of servings in each packet. 4.9gm carbohydrates in 500 ml milk does not sound right because  240ml milk has about 8gm sugar. My guess is Nandini milk 500ml packet has about 3 servings each containing 4.9gm sugar.

    The nutrition info is not always printed correctly or properly. As a diabetic what you should look for is the total carbohydrate content and the fiber content. Whether sugar content is listed or not is not so important. So if a food item says there are 55gm carbs total  with 5gm fiber in a 100gm serving, then when you eat the 100gm serving your body will digest it and convert (55gm - 5gm fiber) 50gm equivalent into glucose. As a diabetic you do not want too much carbs so I won't make a generalized statement that 1 cup of milk is good or bad for every diabetic. But this will give you a basic idea of carb counting. Proteins when digested will also get converted into glucose but it is a very slow process hence they don't spike up your blood sugar levels. Fats do get converted into glucose as well because glucose is the primary fuel that is used to run the body. (Not to confuse you but I want to mention that when a person has placed their body in ketosis, the body starts using ketones as fuel and glucose is not the primary fuel in that case). In case of proteins and fats the body uses a portion of each of them for other purposes such as proteins for building muscles, fats for building cell membranes and parts of the brain etc. So not  all of the proteins or fats that are eaten convert into glucose either.

  • Proteins spike and spike late. Let any diabetic eat PASTA and check numbers at 1,2,3,4,5 hrs and then compare with the numbers with similar carbs but lower proteins. As for everything else, nothing is restricted on LCHF diet. Only restriction being 100 grams carbs per day. As long as u stay in that limit you eat whatever u want to eat. Barely 10% Fat is Anti-ketogenic as against 58% proteins and 100% carbs.

    As a thumb-rule, 1 gram carb is about 4 points on blood sugars for a 75kg human. So, if you are living by LCHF diet and on 3 meals a day with Carbs evenly distributed then you are consuming around 33 grams carbs/meal. 

    33X4 = 132 point rise.

    (A) If pre-meal level is 100 then u theoretically spike to 100+132 = 232

    (B) If one lives by the nonsensical high carb low fat, it would mean 100 grams carbs/meal (if 60% carbs for 2000 kcal diet). 100 grams spikes by 400 points which means PPBS 400+100 = 500.

    Comparison of 500 and 232 (Case A and B) will show in layman terms why drugs will fall on LCHF and also why it is easier to manage diabetes on LCHF with better numbers. In CASE(A) U are covering for 133 rise and in CASE(B) you are covering for 400 rise. 

    So, as an example, if one is a Insulin injecting diabetic

    CASE A:  Would need around 10 units rapid acting insulin

    CASE B:  Would need around 32 units of rapid acting insulin

    With Higher insulin doses, chances of hitting HYPO becomes still higher. Lower the spike to cover, better is the control.

    If one is on oral drugs, many drugs are either eliminated or the doses falls drastically -- by as much as 70 to 80% when moving from CASE B (HIGH CARB LOW FAT Nonsense) to Case A (LCHF diet)

  • Anup ki good analysis for quite informative even for a lay man.  Keep it up. Harikishan

  • Sorry some spelling mistakes.  Pl read 'ki' as 'ji' & 'for' as 'and'

  • No issues. Don't ever use Ji and Sir for me. I don't mind being called by my 

    First Name -- Anup, Or full name -- Anup Singh

    My Name Is Singh

    And Singh Is King :) 

    Glad that you found the explanation easy to understand.

  • what a beautiful explanation..... Anup....

  • long time.

    Here's some interesting +ve development -

  • wow anupji tum cha jate ho......

  • dhanyavad bandhu :)

  • Anup can you share your daily diet. what you eat  in breakfast , lunch and dinner.. and if you eat any snack ..

  • You can check my old posts / replies by going to my profile by clicking my username. I eat two meals a day, skipping breakfast mostly and don't count calories. I have posted my diet many times over last 3 years. For rest u can contact me over PM

  • Thank you everyone for providing much needed info  on carb


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