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Old 05-01-2011, 17:20   #1
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I've never really paid any attention to carbs before my diagnosis. I've noticed packages mention net carbs. What's the difference? Based on my past counting of fat grams, I'm guessing I should just be looking at the total carbs.

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That's what I do personally, but many people say the net carb works for them. The one time I went by it, my body didn't know the difference and I spiked normally.




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I don't take their word for the net carbs . . . I normally get along okay deducting the dietary fiber from the total carbs, but not the sugars.




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I normally can deduct the sugar alcohols, too. I use the net carbs to help me decide whether to even try something then use my meter to decide whether I should eat it again.

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Net carbs takes the Carbs and subracts fiber and sugar alcohols. Supposedly these do not get absorbed into your blood sugar. The only way to know for sure is to test. Many find sugar alcohols and sugar substitutes still spike them, so be careful. I usually subtract the fiber. I have a general rule that I rarely eat anything over 5-10 carbs a serving. Sticking to this rule really helps me maintain my weight loss and keep bgs close to normal range. This also eliminates most processed food since it is always higher than 10 carbs a serving.

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To make sure you understand all this...

On the label you will find Total Carbs and also the Fiber will be listed. For some reason, when they figure Total Carbs, they add in the Fiber count. But fiber is not digestible, so you subtract the Fiber count from the Total Carbs and you end up with Net Carbs. Net Carbs is what most people count when they are counting carbs.

And from jwags & Wink's posts, it looks like you can also subtract the sugar alcohol count, too. Something I didn't know. Seems like you learn something new every day at this forum.

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My diabetes educator said when counting carbs one could deduct fiber when it was 5 or over. I just assumed fiber wasn't counted as actual carb but deductible because it slowed absorption of the carbs.

I didn't heed much the educator had to say, but I did listen to this and tend not to deduct fiber unless it's significant and then I deduct half. But mostly it's moot since I'm more an estimator than counter anyway. Best guess by rough count is that I eat 50-75 carbs/day including veggies and that as long as my meter is being kind estimating is okay.

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The best way is to test with your bg meter to make sure what the effect is. On many low carb products you see the term net carb which is usually very low because they have subtracted fiber and sugar alcohols. But I am sure a lot of us have spiked on some of these products so be careful. The important thing when going low carb is to replace the carb calories with additional fat calories.

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Definitely by your meter, these are all great guides but don't always apply to everyone. Everyones body is definite, we learned here to learn by our meter before then my husbands #s were all over the place..now they are well controlled.

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excuse me not definite, different....

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