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Old 07-09-2013, 02:38   #1
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I have been counting my carbs for a week now and it seem that it is not an exact science but I am getting better I think. There was a thread I was reading earlier and someone was talking about low carb Sweet Pickle Relish. I have always favored Dill Relish so I thought I would check the label and it says a serving is 1 Tbsp and less than 1g Carb. Well less than 1 can be .99 so if I am using 12 Tbsp. how do I figure this ? I figured I would just use 1g per Tbsp. to be on the safe side but that could really skew the real carb count. I guess the proof is in the eating but it would be nice to know. I also have found a discrepancy in carb numbers from one list to the next. I have been using the USDA NDL-FNIC food Database and so far it seems to be the most useful. Just wondering how others approach this.

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I would go by the nutrition labels and if you're eating a food without a label, I use Nutrition facts, calories in food, labels, nutritional information and analysis – NutritionData.com
I also see that recently, when you google search any food, it comes up with a listing on the right side (search peanut butter nutrition, or eggs nutrition to see an example). As far as carbs, if it says less than 1, I'd use 1 as the carb grams for that serving. I'd rather be on the high side than underestimate, when counting carbs. If you're using 12 tbsp and it's less than 1gr per serving, I'd use 12 grams of carbs for your serving size.

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I am looking at labels but I am just as much or more so looking at my meter. I was counting on a website mapmyrun for well over a month to see how what I ate effected my meter. I feel comfortable now reading labels and taking my bs and just (in my head) counting my carbs.

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Twelve tablespoons equals 3/4 of a cup . . . that's a lotta relish! Is this for a recipe that yields more than one serving, by any chance? If so, break it down per serving. If not, I personally would reconsider spending that many carbs on a condiment.

I also use and trust NutritionData.com . . . if you register, you can run your recipes through it and calculate the per serving numbers. If not registered or logged in, the database is still available to search.

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Hi Mary 0110, Thanks for the links they will help. At this time I am trying to get as much information as I can. I was kind of figuring that to be on the safe side it would be best to count it as one.

Thanks TTM, I am having good success " eating to my meter " so far but I am also trying to keep as accurate accounting of the carbs in each meal as I can to get a better idea of where I need to be.

Yeah Shanny 12 Tbsp. of relish would be quite a bit but I was only using that as an example not really for a recipe. It's just that apparently if one serving is less than 1g then they are not required to list the actual amount so if it is like .5 or .9g it could be significant if you need to use more. Sometimes I think they use serving sizes that make them look good. Maybe I am trying to overthink this but I am new to this and probably a little bit obsessive about it.
I just started July 3 and my numbers are getting surprisingly better so I am really quite happy.

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Sometimes I think they use serving sizes that make them look good. Maybe I am trying to overthink this ....
Not overthinking it - smart-thinking it... Methinks you're spot on.

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You better believe the food industry manipulates their data six ways from Sunday. All to make their products seem better than they are. So if they can shrink that serving size down small enough to massage those numbers - durn tootin' they do it!

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