I don't think that adding fiber negates the number. I think what it means is that they have to count fiber in their 'carb' count because its not fat or protein but some of the carbs are not absorbable as sugars/starches. So, thats why you get to subtract the fiber (not absorbable) fr
You're forgetting that Benefiber has carbs as well as fiber. A 2 tsp serving has 4 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber, so it is not a carb-free item.
So, if your bread recipe makes 12 slices, and has 8 gr carbs per slice, you would have to add 24 tsp (8 TBSP) of Benefiber in order for each slice to have 1 serving of Benefiber. Even if you did that, the difference in net carbs would be minimal - so no real advantage.
"It's never too late to be who you might have been." – George Eliot
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." – Amelia Earhart
"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight." – Helen Keller
Total SparkPoints: 34,865
SparkPoints Level 15
Fitness Minutes: (88,216) Posts: 347 1/28/13 6:13 P
Total Carbs...............25 Fiber.........................5 Net Carbs.................20
However dietary fiber such as benefiber is added it's fiber count is listed only as fiber, so the label we see looks like this:
Total Carbs...............25 Fiber........................10 (manufacturer added 5 grams to bring this up) Net Carbs.................15
Seems a trick to me, fiber is being added to everything even milk! Atkin followers only count the net carbs. I can't help but wonder if this really works. The calories go up, but Atkins dieters don't count calories, only net carbs.
Can't wait to see what the good doctor says, I wonder if he will even tackle the conundrum.
I agree with you on the no part. Adding fiber can't lower net carbs.
Since simply adding fiber would also add to the total carb count, what you are seeing in products is probably replacing sugar/starch with fiber. This would indeed lower the net carbs. However, with some of the stuff they add, I'm not at all sure it is worth it.
Example: If they are on a diet that limits their daily carb count to say 30 grams a day, they only count NET CARBS, not total carbs because fiber/dietatry carbs are non-digestible (resistant to digestive enzymes).
What I want to know is this if a person adds DIETARY FIBER to whatever it is they are consuming, does that bring down the carb count.
My thought is no, however it seems that is what the community at large is accepting as true.
Dietary fiber is now being added to all kinds of foods so the 'net carb' count will be lower. To me this seams a 'trick' on the public, but is it?
Anyhoo, I've posed this question to cardiologist Dr. Davis and his followers.
One of us is really missing something here. To me it sounds like you answer your own question and then ask it again.
If you have a product listing 20 carbs and 5 fiber, you have a product that is 15 non fiber carbs and 5 fiber carbs. Not a product of 25 carbs. This is basic carb counting, if you agree with this, then we both are at least of the same understanding.
If you add another 10 fiber carbs, you would have 30 carbs of which 15 were fiber. Adding fiber carbs can never reduce the net carbs. Only replacing non fiber carbs with fiber carbs can do that.
"The fiber number you subtract is from the total that was listed. The total carbs includes the fiber carbs.:" Yes I realize, I know how to count net carbs :-)
"Adding some other form of fiber will not result in fewer net carbs since you first have to add that fiber in to the total carbs" - How do you figure this?
****************************** 3 Tablespoons of Cream -half & half Total Carbohydrate 1.94g Dietary Fiber 0g
So your belief is if I add 2 grams of fiber to my coffee with cream that, that does not negate the 1.94 carbs in the cream used in my cup of coffee with cream, but if the cream itself did have1.94 grams of fiber, then (and only then) would the net carbs be zero?
I might have misunderstood you. The fiber number you subtract is from the total that was listed. The total carbs includes the fiber carbs. Adding some other form of fiber will not result in fewer net carbs since you first have to add that fiber in to the total carbs
If I am still misunderstanding your question, sorry about that.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.