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IAMTOLOSE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/27/13 10:25 A

Lots of info. Thank you. I have found that the Atkins bars give me a terrible headache. Maybe it's just a coincidence but it has happened twice so I think this will be my last box of Atkins Bars, at least for now.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,231
2/27/13 9:37 A

It's the difference between "total carbs" and "net carbs". If you notice on the front of the Atkins box, it says 2 Net Carbs. The fiber and sugar alcohols are substracted from the total carbs to get the claim of 2 net carbs. You can look at the nutritional info on the side (or back) of the Atkins box, and it will show the total carbs plus the breakdown for fiber and sugar alcohol. So the total carbs on the Atkins box should match the total carbs shown on Spark.

Part of the premise of Atkins, is "net carbs", where you subtract out any fiber or sugar alcohol in the food. And you keep to their levels (how many carbs you eat is based on what "phase" you're in) of low-carb, based on "net carbs", not total carbs, in food.

The basic listing that comes up in Spark for the Atkins bars shows the total carbs. You can set your Tracker to also show you fiber (I'm not sure about sugar alcohol, I've never looked). So you could then subtract out the fiber (and sugar alcohol if it's an option) and get a net carb total.

IAMTOLOSE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/26/13 7:20 P

Thank you for taking the time to respond.

PAT4PROG Posts: 652
2/26/13 9:05 A

I like Atkins Bars due to the low net carbs. Beware, some people experience stomach distress due to the fiber plus the sugar alcohol that are in the bars. I, myself, find the bars very filling and satisfy my want to snack too often. And yes, they do go by net carbs which is different that total carbs.

IAMTOLOSE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/13 7:18 P


DMUERHOFF Posts: 1,873
2/25/13 6:50 P

Atkins counts "net carbs". Carbs - fiber. Sparkpeople counts carbs as listed on the label.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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2/25/13 5:47 P

Whatever the nutritional value label on the box says is the correct one. The entries in the tracker could be old, or could be for a different variety, or they could just be flat out wrong. It's usually best to enter your own items.

IAMTOLOSE SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/13 5:39 P

OK, I bought a box of Atkins Bars because it said 16 grams of protein and 2 grams of carbs on the front of the box. When I listed one bar in my daily food tracker, it showed 19 grams of carbs. I am really upset. Which is correct: 2 grams or 19grams? Does anyone out there know for sure? Thanks!

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