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Berries Galore

Quick now!  Which has more carbohydrate per serving?  Cherries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries?

Don’t worry about fiber carbs since those are not digested.

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, here are the digestible carb counts in one cup:

  • Sweet raw cherries:  19 g
  • Raw blueberries:  18 g
  • Raw blackberries:  6 g
  • Raw raspberries:  7 g

To determine digestible carb counts, I take the total carb grams in a serving and subtract the fiber grams.  Not exactly rocket science.

These carb counts are not obvious to most people.  If you’re trying to limit your carb consumption, you need a database like the USDA’s.  The pocket-sized carb-count guides are handy for some.  Most are based on the USDA database. 

My wife is getting some great deals right now on fresh berries and cherries at Sam’s Club.  We’re enjoying them while they last.

Steve Parker, M.D.

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