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Old 03-27-2012, 12:06   #1
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Here is a little carb counting question, for insulin boluses. Some food lists "Other Carbohydrates" just below the Carbohydrate totals. For example, a serving of Grape-Nuts at 59g (1/2 cup), lists 48g "Total Carbohydrates" and 36g for "Other Carbohydrate." At one time, we used to subtract "Dietary Fiber" from the "Total Carbohydrates" amount, but I know that has stopped. But for the "Other Carbohydrates", should that amount be added (like in for a serving of Grape-Nuts, would that mean 84g of carbs?). That is quite a lot, which in my case would mean 7 units of insulin. I did that and had a blood sugar low because of it. So I'm just wondering what your experience with "Other Carbohydrate" may be. Thanks!!

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Never heard of them or seen this on a produce label. Maybe you should ask the manfacturer.

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Hi Alexis and Welcome

Noticed you are Type 1 and this is in the USA?


I found the Grape-Nuts nutritional information here... and as you say it lists, for a serving of 1/2 cup (58g):

Total Carbohydrate 48g, with a breakdown* of Dietary Fibre 7g, Sugars 5g and Other Carbohydrate 36g

*36 + 5 + 7 = 48


In this context:

Sugar usually only refers to "simple" monosaccharides like Glucose and Fructose, or disaccharides like Sucrose/Table-Sugar (Glucose + Fructose)

Fibre/Fiber AKA Cellulose refers to carbohydrate chains so complex that they are not normally digested in humans -- herbivores have additional digestive processes to break these down

Other Carbohydrate AKA Starch is quite often not even listed on nutritional labels and comprises the remaining polysaccharide carbs which are still digestible but deemed to be "complex" and as such their rate of digestion may vary. In this case it seems that (at least for you, at this time of day, in this meal) they are slowly digested, if at all BUT be wary of other more processed foods, as often you may see things like Maltodextrin listed in the ingredients.

Although considered a Starch for the nutritional label, refined starches such as Maltodextrin are often very quickly digested to Glucose and may raise your BG just as quickly and as high, as Glucose or other "Sugars".


My suggestion is that you need to cast an eye on both the Nutritional Label AND the List of Ingredients, plus test new foods to see how the affect your BG. Different people, different food combinations, even different times of the day can have an impact.

In this case the Ingredients are pretty straightforward (usually a good thing in my book): Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Malted Barley, Salt, Dried Yeast. Fortified with added Vitamins and Minerals.

You find plenty of discussion about grains here on the forum. Please read, arm yourself with knowledge and keep asking questions

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Thank you so much for the reply and breakdown of the explanation. Good point about paying attention to the ingredients and looking at the manufacturer's site besides just reading the Nutrition Facts!

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Hi Alexis and Welcome

Noticed you are Type 1 and this is in the USA?

I found the Grape-Nuts nutritional information here... and as you say it lists, for a serving of 1/2 cup (58g):

Total Carbohydrate 48g, with a breakdown* of Dietary Fibre 7g, Sugars 5g and Other Carbohydrate 36g

*(36 + 5 + 7 = 48)

In this context:

Sugar usually only refers to "simple" monosaccharides like Glucose and Fructose, or disaccharides like Sucrose/Table-Sugar (Glucose + Fructose)

Fibre/Fiber AKA Cellulose refers to carbohydrate chains so complex that they are not normally digested in humans -- ruminants such as cows have additional digestive processes to break these down

Other Carbohydrate AKA Starch is quite often not even listed on nutritional labels and comprises the remaining polysaccharide carbs which are still digestible but deemed to be "complex" and as such their rate of digestion may vary. In this case it seems that (at least for you, at this time of day, in this meal) they are slowly digested, if at all BUT be wary of other more processed foods, as often you may see things like Maltodextrin listed in the ingredients.

Although considered a Starch for the nutritional label, refined starches such as Maltodextrin are often very quickly digested to Glucose and may raise your BG just as quickly and as high, as Glucose or other "Sugars".

My suggestion is that you need to cast an eye on both the Nutritional Label AND the List of Ingredients, plus test new foods to see how the affect your BG. Different people, different food combinations, even different times of the day can have an impact.

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I asked the dietician about the other carb thing and she said they were included in the total carbs. It is indented and she said that meant it was included. Just thought I would say that and you can be the judge.

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