Nutrition Facts Labels
By Carleton Rivers, MS, RD, LD
One of the easiest ways to track how many carbohydrates (carbs) you eat and drink is to learn how to count carbs. A good rule of thumb when following this reduced-carb diet is to make sure you consume no more than 30 grams of carbs at each meal (3 meals each day).
How to use Nutrition Facts Labels to count carbs:
LOOK for how much is a serving size
LOOK for how many servings there are per container
REMEMBER how many servings you actually ate or drank
LOOK for 'Total Carbohydrates'
If you consumed more than 1 serving, add together the ‘Total Carbohydrates` from each serving
WRITE down the number of carb grams you eat and drink during each meal and snack in your food journal
I ate 2 cups of this food item for lunch. To figure out how many carbs I have had, I add the total carbohydrates together twice: 31 + 31 is 62 total carbohydrates for the two servings I ate. Then I write down 62 grams in my food journal.