How do I read carbohydrates on a food label?

Carbohydrates food label
Total Carbohydrates on the food label represents the amount of carbohydrates in one serving of the product.

Total Carbohydrates come the following sources:

  • Sugars
  • Dietary Fiber (soluble and insoluble)
  • Sugar Alcohol
  • Other Carbohydrates

You may only see dietary fiber and sugars on the food label as subcategories of total carbohydrates. This information is required if there is 1 gram or more in one serving of the product.

This product has 25 grams of total carbohydrates per serving.

1 gram comes from dietary fiber
20 grams come from sugars

You can assume the remaining 4 grams of carbohydrates come from ‘other carbohydrates’ even though it’s not listed on the label.
FDA: Guide to Nutrition Labeling and Education Act Requirements
FDA: How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

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