The amount of carbohydrate in a food that the body is able to utilize for energy. Since fiber is a carbohydrate which "passes through" the gastrointestinal tract, it is subtracted from the total carbohydrate count. This concept was originally promoted by the authors who wrote Protein Power
. Some systems (such as Atkins
) also deduct all or part of some ingredients such as sugar alcohols - this is usually called Net Carbs
Also Known As: Usable Carbs, Utilizable Carbohydrates, Net Carbs, Net Impact Carbs, Net Atkins Count
One cup of raw broccoli flowerets has a total of about 4 grams of carbohydrates. However, 2 of those grams come from fiber. Since the body gets no calories from the fiber portion (and there is no rise in blood sugar from it), we say that there are 2 grams ECC in the broccoli.
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