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Eating with Diabetes: Counting ''Net'' Carbs

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

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  • ARGO2D
    where on earth did the 'half of fiber' come from if it's not digested??? - 7/19/2012 3:38:30 AM
  • AZURE-SKY
    It's too bad that Sparkpeople's "Carbs for low-carb diet" calculation is not always accurate. It would be very helpful if SP could correct the errors in calculcation so users would get a real indication of their net carbs. - 7/19/2012 1:48:14 AM
  • I have had diabetes for almost 21 years but I still struggle with eating right. So I really liked this article. I see a new Endo Dr on May 3rd so am hoping for some more help with it.

    Thanks for sharing. - 4/24/2012 6:51:14 PM
  • Great article. I hadn't heard of any of this information and I took a diabetes management course last year. Thank you for the education. - 4/24/2012 12:56:42 PM
  • Ive read about this in many books that treat diabetes with vegetarian diets. However, Ive always had my doubts. This article was quite helpful with clearing up some doubts Ive had. Thank you. - 4/24/2012 11:30:56 AM
  • I have always wondered why high fiber was good when I saw that my carbs were higher. This was very interesting and helpful. - 4/24/2012 9:24:16 AM
  • SANDIBETTS1
    I never heard any of this before. I guess I will have to read more to understand. Thanks for the info. - 4/24/2012 6:52:16 AM
  • I agree. I had a few appointments with a registered dietician and she told me to subtract grams of fiber from grams of carbohydrates to get net carbs. Perhaps it's different for diabetics? I am not diabetic, but am insulin-resistant, so carbs are an issue. - 4/17/2012 2:53:22 PM
  • BROWSER431
    Perhaps one option could be found within the diet itself?

    Depending on the fiber source itself and how the body metabolizes that certain source. Different sources metabolize uniquely according to our own body chemistry.

    Here is a video for more information. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8U7Vy8RwEA - 4/15/2012 10:50:44 PM
  • I was also surprised at only subtracting 1/2 the fiber to get the net carb, even my nutritionist told me to subtract all the fiber. But I went to the American Diabetes Associations website and they state the same thing, only 1/2 the fiber can be subtracted.
    http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness
    /food/what-can-i-eat/carbohydrates.html - 4/15/2012 4:41:17 PM
  • this is the first time i've heard this. i've read many times that you subtract all the fibre from the carbs for the net count.
    why would you subtract only 1/2? you might want to explain that reasoning, since this is new information. - 4/11/2012 6:37:07 PM
  • I thought all the fiber grams were to be subtracted from the total, and I thought the sugar alcohol grams were discounted as well, Now I am a bit confused. I have to do more research... - 4/10/2012 5:49:25 PM
  • I missed the step in your logic for mandating that only 1/2 the grams from fiber be subtracted. Eating simple, one ingredient foods makes the question moot. - 4/10/2012 2:12:01 PM

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