It might be more productive to attack the problem from the other end. Look at your food tracker and try to find foods that have lots of carbs but are low in fiber, and substitute higher-fiber versions. For example, if you're eating regular pasta, switch to whole-grain. (If you don't like the taste of whole wheat pasta, look at things like Ronzoni Smart Taste or Barilla Plus, where they use things like garbanzo flour to increase fiber and protein while keeping the same taste and texture.)
Just keep in mind that some low-fiber foods have other benefits you don't want to miss out on. Some veggies are relatively lower in fiber but are outstanding sources of certain vitamins, so you wouldn't want to cut those out.
You might also ask your doctor or diabetes educator what s/he thinks of having you count "net carbs." The answer would depend on your own specific medical situation. (And if you don't have a diabetes educator, ask the doc for a referral.)
4/23/11 10:44 A
Get your fiber in its natural form from vegetables and grains. If you are eating products that are "high in fiber" make sure the fiber is not inulin. This is a highly processed form of fiber that has no nutritional value - it is light weight so does not help with waste elimination like other forms of fiber which bulk up waste so make you more regular. Sorry for too much information. But I really hate how all the food makers are adding inulin (Even to drinks!) and it has 0 benefit and should be avoided as you are not actually increasing your fiber intake.
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4/23/11 10:14 A
Are you looking for something low in "net carbs"? Fiber is a carb, so you can't add fiber without adding carbs.
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I did a brief lookup and the first entries are stuff like cabbage, beans, squash, bamboo, asparagus.
The good thing though is that you can narrow it down by category if you're not that into vegetables and would like to see your options in e.g. bread & grain or fruits.
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4/23/11 1:29 A
Try adding Flax Seeds into your diet! I read somewhere that 1T of ground flax seeds has 2.0g of carbs and 1.9 of that is fiber!
Also Wheat Bran, Avocados, spinach, broccoli, blackberries, asparagus, eggplant, celery, mushrooms, and even strawberries can be good sources of fiber, with less or equal amounts being carbs (still pretty low carb though).
Also, just go to the SparkTeams tab and type in "diabetic" there are lots of diabetic teams and message boards that you can get diabetic specific information on from other sparkers!
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I am a diabetic that is on a max of 165 carbs per day but I am wanting to add more fiber to my diet. I am wondering what foods are high in fiber but also low in carbs. I am new to this nutrition tracking and am trying to learn as much as possible. Also are there any books that anyone could recommend to help me learn more about nutrition information? I have a few for diabetics but they are all about 12 years old because I bought them when I was first diagnosed. Thanks to all of you in advanced.
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