by Dr. Joseph Mercola, Mercola.com
One of the fastest ways to destroy your health is to eat a diet high in net carbs and protein and low in healthy fats. Considering the fact that 80 percent of Americans are insulin resistant and eat in this way, it’s no surprise that obesity rates are on a steady climb.
While no one diet is perfect for everyone, as a general rule, most people could benefit by restricting net carbs (total carbs minus fiber) to less than 50 grams per day. If you exercise a lot or are very active, you might be able to increase it to 100 grams.
For example, grains, rice, pasta, potatoes and vegetables are all carbohydrates. However, because vegetables are so high in fiber, they’re very low in net carbs. This is why you can eat virtually unlimited amounts of veggies on a low-carb diet. It’s really the fiber content that differentiates “good” carbs from the “bad.”
To determine your net carbs, simply subtract the fiber from the total carbs, and that’s your total non-fiber or “net” carbs.
Vegetables aren’t the only high-fiber food though. A food you may never have heard of is shirataki noodles, which may be the epitome of a low net carb food, containing about 97 percent water and 3 percent fiber, zero calories, and no digestible carbs.
© 2016 Dr. Joseph Mercola