- September 2019
Net Carbs 101
Just because a company says they’re using cauliflower crust, doesn’t mean that it’s actually low in carbohydrates. Many of the cauliflower crust pizzas you see on the shelf are typically loaded with starches and white flour, so we decided to create a cauliflower crust pizza that doesn’t just claim to be healthy, but has the nutritional facts and real food ingredients to back it up.
Our pizzas have a total of 11g of carbs per serving. What does that mean? Carbs consist of fibers and sugar that act as your body’s primary fuel source. But remember – not all carbs are created equal! Some carbohydrates are high-glycemic, which is a fancy way of saying they cause a spike in your blood sugar levels. Even though carbs are supposed to be our primary fuel source, too many high-glycemic carbohydrates will actually be stored as fat in our bodies and leave us feeling sluggish during the day. But not all carbohydrates will have this effect on us 😊 Low-glycemic carbohydrates do not cause a spike in blood glucose, so your body can actually use them for long-lasting energy and focus throughout the day.
For example, a traditional pizza can have 40g of carbs that come from high-glycemic ingredients such as white flour and sugar, which ends up leaving us feeling unmotivated or tired.This happens because the spike in your blood glucose level fuels your energy for a short period of time (kind of like a sugar high!); but once the high is over, you’re left feeling tired, unsatisfied, and craving more fast absorbing carbs.
But who wants to give up pizza? Not us! The good news is, white flour and sugar can be swapped out for better ingredients like cauliflower, almond flour, or coconut flour— that won’t raise our blood sugar levels and are packed with fiber to leave us feeling full and energetic after eating it. Fun fact, fiber is actually a carb! But, it is a carb that your body cannot break down as easily. Since it takes longer to digest, foods with a lot of fiber keeps you full for longer. Since your body can’t digest fiber, it doesn’t spike your blood glucose and it isn’t used as a fuel source. Because your body isn’t using it as fuel, you can subtract the amount of fiber from the total carbs to create the total net carbs—or the amount of carbs that your body is actually using as a source of energy.
Since our Cauliflower Crust Pizza is packed with Cauliflower, Almond Flour, and Coconut Flour, it has a ton of fiber to leave your body full and your taste buds satisfied.
So even though our pizza has 11g of total carbs, it is packed with 9g of fiber, leaving only 2g net carbs!