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Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs

What Are Net Carbs? How Do They Affect Blood Sugar?

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  • Sounds a bit like voodoo to me: eating more of the food because the fiber is reducing the carb count is raising the calorie count; one expert says subtract half, another says subtract it all, the third says only make the subtraction when the fibre count is more than 7; stay within the range and all will be good. 8-) - 1/24/2016 10:37:15 PM
  • Good article, When diagnosed with Type II diabetes I asked my Dr. about carb counting, he just handed me an info sheet which was very confusing, then I was told by a friend that it was meant to go with a diabetic exchange meal plan not provided.

    Anyway, now I'm convinced that I just need to count actual Carbohydrates instead of trying to play this loosely defined net carb game.

    And why can't I get a straight answer when I say, I'm this age, height, weight, and sex, How many carbs should I have per meal or per day? - 1/18/2016 10:23:10 PM
  • Excellent article! - 11/7/2015 8:19:43 AM
  • that was an eye opener. never realized the tricks they play with net carbs. why do you subtract only half the fiber grams? - 10/13/2015 6:29:36 PM
  • For the last 6 months I have concentrated my efforts on watching carbs. Basically, not going over 35-45 carbs..per meal (usually 30 or so) I am a type 2 and its imperative for me to reduce my weight and get in shape....so far i have taken off approx 35-40#. I am excited to look and feel better. - 6/2/2014 7:59:01 AM
  • SISTERJJ
    Steve07171, I think that what you said about carbs may help me. I have type 2 my doctor says I've got to lose the weight .But it's so hard I'm 50 years old,I walk 3 miles every day Monday - Friday Saturday @ Sunday I rest still not enough .Maybecouting gcarbs will help me. I hope - 2/8/2014 9:56:33 PM
  • JSMITH61
    I like to keep my net carbs to 30- 35 per day. I recently started to use carbquik as a substitute for bread, when you look at the carbs its kind of scary, but then look at the fiber. Only two net carbs per biscuit. - 1/14/2014 7:25:54 PM
  • AEMERO54
    I like this web page it help know thing I did know about my dives how to plan my maels - 9/8/2013 5:34:58 PM
  • This was a great article. My father had adult onset diabetes so this is a concern for me. I feel like I can make better choices now with this simple formula. Thank you. - 5/23/2013 8:12:44 PM
  • I hope the author will expand on views of the health benefits of the various types of fiber that are noted on nutrition labels and made available as dietary supplements. - 3/22/2013 9:31:03 AM
  • Well, I'm surprised I actually agreed with most of what this article had to say!

    I'm a type 2 diabetic, and I don't subtract fiber from my carb counts, but I would think it would be fine to do for non-diabetics who just want to eat low carb.

    Atkins and such says subtract 100% of the fiber. So if something has 10 total carbs, but 6 grams of fiber, you'd count 4. I'd go ahead and count 10, because it's kind of life and death for me. Non diabetics? Not so much, so they can go ahead and subtract it all.

    And of course, everyone absorbs fiber differently. Some people - diabetics included - really don't digest much of the fiber in foods. Some, however, do. I've had my blood sugar spiked by flax seed before!

    In the end, we should all do what works for us, which is what this article says, which is why I agreed with it. - 3/22/2013 12:22:19 AM
  • thanks after all i have read that is the correct answer but if you read the article on carb counting above it says half is subtracted which will throw some people - 2/1/2013 8:45:14 PM
  • Not to repeat other posts, but net carbs are minus ALL the fiber! - 1/31/2013 3:03:07 PM
  • after reading all of this article i have one BIG question. every thing i read says subtract ALL fiber but this article says only half of the fiber is used so QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER HALF OF THE FIBER????????????? does it turn into sugar in the blood or what???? - 1/29/2013 12:28:05 PM
  • As I help my dh on a low carb diet, I often refer to diabetes recipes and suggestions. The nutrition tracker does not always reflect the net carbs accurately - esp when I have a recipe or nut info from another source to compare with it. I know this can be reflected in any recipe we use on SPARK, but it doesn´t come out right on the tracker frequently . - 11/1/2012 10:10:49 AM

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