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Old 02-03-2014, 01:42   #1
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Just in general, how do the people and moderators of this particular forum feel about "net" carbs, or the theory that in any given food, the number of grams of fiber can be subtracted from the number of grams of carbs to come up with the "real" number of "effective" carbs in that food? Its been a long time since I dealt with all this and I don't even remember if this was in any way settled even back then.. I DO remember thinking something along the lines of "if it seems too good to be true..." On the other hand, my son had pretty good results with not wiping out when I swapped out his favorite spaghetti for Dreamfields one night, he tends to go nuts on that one and he hadn't been (well.. now that he has had one doc tell him he was diabetic and another one that he isn't, I don't know what to call it, but here we are)...worried...about his sugars long at that point. I didn't repeat the experiment simply because I never caught the Dreamfields on the shelf again since then, but he didn't go straight from dinner to bed that night, which was a common occurrence on spaghetti night, (and the main reason why spaghetti night is a very infrequent occasion, even though it is his favorite) Neither of his docs gave him a meter so he refuses to be poked with mine ::sigh:: so better data could not be had, from him anyway lol. Just curious about the experiences and opinions of others on both the individual products you may have tried and on the theory of "net" or "effective" carbs in general. Don't hurt me! .

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It's really preference. I count all carbs regardless of the fiber content or other properties in the food. I find that when I count net carbs, I end up eating too many carbs. I also feel like I am tricking myself into feeling like I can eat more carbs than I should, when I use net carbs.

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I'm with Mary, I count all carbs - have been caught in the past just counting net carbs - nasty rise in BGLs.

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offtopic, how do I get this thing to show me MY date and time? I get confused when the forum insists its tomorrow...im easily confused heh.

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It's confusing some times isn't it when people talk about it being Sunday and it's Monday here in Australia!

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Me, too! I feel like it is a cr*p shoot and so I just count them all.




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From what I remember, click on User CP towards the top of the screen. Then go to edit details (1st option) and then edit options (lower down on the left side). I think that's how it goes, anyway.

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heh, I like how yall say its preference, but then show real evidence of it being a bad way to count carbs Soooo what yall are REALLY saying is its not one of those things that yall get real upset if you see someone doing it cause the results vary, but anecdotal evidence points to it being a poor practice Sound about right? You know, I first heard about all that on a weight loss website a dozen years ago, the lady who ran the place lost about a hundred pounds... I wonder if its possible for the fiber to impact weight loss but not blood sugar... but that doesn't really make sense cause isn't the same process responsible for both results? im not making sense...my brain is foggy, I think ive been thinking too much today, some days with the M. E., even THAT can tire me out past my tolerances. I'll read anything else tomorrow, love you guys!!!night.

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Food labeling in the US does not require gross carbs to be listed, so you don't always know what you're counting.

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I've never seen net carbs listed as carbs. I've always seen total carbs listed and then fiber listed under it, followed by sugar alcohols. I believe it's the other way around - the FDA requires that the total, actual carb count is listed as carbs, unless I'm misunderstanding what you're saying, dogg.

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