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formula for calculating net carbs for diabetics

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Post to the Thread      Posted on 05/04/2014 12:45:29 From:
Dear Anonymous,

Calculating "net carbs" refers to total carbohydrate in a food minus fiber and sugar alcohols. Fiber and sugar alcohols (often used to sweeten foods in place of added sugar) are part of the total carbohydrate but do not metabolize into glucose (sugar) in the body.

The formula:
Check total carbohydrates per serving
If there is 5 grams or more of fiber/serving you can subtract 1/2 the fiber from the total carb.
Similarly if there is 10 grams of more of sugar alcohols/serving you can subtract 1/2 the sugar alcohols from the total carb.
This will give you total "net carbs"

Please remember, a balanced approach to meal planning includes eating mostly nonstarchy vegetables, a moderate amount of whole grains (cut out refined junk food) and fruit, and a moderate amount of protein foods at each meal. Meal planning strategies for people with diabetes can be found at the following link to the American Diabetes Association website: http://bit.ly/1lOJ22K

I would also add that "net carbs" when seen on a food label is a term created by food manufacturers and is not regulated by the FDA. Better to do your own calculation using the formula above.

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