Does anybody know how to convert Carb grams to Carb Calories?

By re1ndeer Latest Reply 2012-05-27 09:31:00 -0500
Started 2012-05-23 13:49:07 -0500

Someone told me that not all carbs are alike when it comes to calories.

I know of the gylcemic index and the lists of carbs in foods.

But, does any one know how to convert these into calories when doing a recipe?

I'm looking for away to continue my weight loss, with a way to reduce calories, in the foods I eat. I may get the lowest carbs in the meal, but not really the lowest in calories.

If any one has an idea or knows of a chart of both glycemic foods and calorie content, I would greatly appreciate any help.

14 replies

pixsidust 2012-05-26 14:26:11 -0500 Report

My understanding is 9 calories per gram

Caroltoo 2012-05-24 19:09:21 -0500 Report

Hi, Re1deer. I'm with you, don't have many labels to read either. I pretty much decide what I want to eat based on what I know I tolerate … don't really even count carbs anymore cause I've been doing this for years now … and then, if I'm in a weightloss mode, I will also check a calorie counter for the raw foods going into the recipe. I'm a rather spontaneous cook, so my recipes are rarely the same two times in a row; so, I usually recompute. If I had something I always did the same, I'd do a calorie count for a serving and just keep a record of it.

re1ndeer 2012-05-24 20:16:50 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding, I normally make all my foods from scratch, I've done away with all processed foods, it's just I need to lower the calorie count, so I can lose more weight.

Caroltoo 2012-05-24 21:59:34 -0500 Report

Me, too, but I think we may be "rare birds" w/r/t our attitude toward processed foods. I have heard more of it online in the last few months though and am happy for those who are making the change to real food.

jayabee52 2012-05-23 14:47:27 -0500 Report

Howdy Re1deer! Yes there is a difference in calories for different carbs. Look on any nutrition label which has fiber included in the mix. The fiber has little to no calories, but it is still included in the "total carbohydrate" column.

What is more, a fat has more calories than a carbohydrate per gram and fats have no carbohydrates nor fiber. If I remember correctly the carbs have 4 calories per gm and fat has something like 9 cals/gm.

As far as a resource or chart is concerned perhaps this may be for what you are looking here ~

Regarding the recipes I have heard of some good resources for that, but at this time none come to mind. I believe Gabby knows of one or two.

re1ndeer 2012-05-23 15:13:38 -0500 Report

Thanks James, That was exactly what I was looking for. You are a great help. I'm booking the chart, as this will be very handy for future references.

cograndma 2012-05-24 17:26:30 -0500 Report

I also know that ( looking at the label) you look the carbs per serving size, and then subtract any fiber (fiber is mostly sluffed off) in order to get total carbs per serving size…just do the math if you happen to be eating a larger serving.
the industry says that you should have no more than 3 carbs at each meal.. therefore 1c=15g of carbs…so that would be, at the most, 45g of carbs. But like most people, in some foods, that would be too many carbs, raising your sugars too high…hope this helps

re1ndeer 2012-05-24 18:54:16 -0500 Report

Thanks, I greatly appreciate your insight into looking at the label. I was more looking for foods that were recipes from scratch. Were there was no label to look for the carb to calorie ratio.