"Net-Impact Carbohydrates" - A New Term on Food Packages
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The low-carbohydrate diet craze has generated new lines of foods that claim to contain carbs that don't affect your blood sugar. Are these foods the right recipe for you?
Food companies created the term "net-impact carbohydrates" to give their products more shelf appeal. Net-impact carbs result from replacing wheat flour with soy flour or adding fiber, sugar alcohols or fat. According to manufacturers, these compounds don't increase blood sugar the way other carbs do.
Don't be swayed by promises on food wrappers. Remember calories count and special low-carb food products are not calorie-free.
You can modify your carbohydrate levels without learning a new food vocabulary. Make sure carbs you consume are in the form of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. And pay close attention to your portion and serving sizes. You may find you can cut down on the amount of carbohydrates you eat and still get all you need.