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Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs

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


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  • I am never sure about amount of carbs I should have
  • I need to keep reviewing Carb Counting over and over to completely understand it.
    SO very helpful!
  • Never heard to subtract only half the fiber. I'm new to low carbs and have been subtracting my total fiber grams from the total carb grams in the nutrition tracker. It seems to be working for me. Although, I am not diabetic and I eat mostly whole foods.
    Thanks for this. I had never heard of "net carbs" before!
    Yes, the "Low Carb Craze" was perfect for the tweekers amongst us to foul up the rules to suit themselves ! Just count the carbs and forget the trying to get two more bites of food......
    And a POX on doctors handing out diet sheets instead of referrals to a real dietician, those are "no nothing, don't bother me" doctors, should not be allowed to practice anymore!
  • 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-)
  • 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?
  • Excellent article!
  • that was an eye opener. never realized the tricks they play with net carbs. why do you subtract only half the fiber grams?
  • 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 far i have taken off approx 35-40#. I am excited to look and feel better.
    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
  • 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.
  • AEMERO54
    I like this web page it help know thing I did know about my dives how to plan my maels
  • 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.

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