how is the amount of carbohydrate determined ? do I have to subtract the fiber grams from the total ?
By Latest Reply 2011-03-19 23:48:15 -0500
Started 2011-03-16 18:42:45 -0500

how are carbohydrate amounts determined ? do I need to subtract the fiber grams from the total ?

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Type1Lou 2011-03-18 14:49:19 -0500 Report

I too don't subtract the fiber carbs from the total carb count. ( I feel that touting "NET CARBS" is used as a gimmick to sell much of the snack foods that may not be the best.) My endocrinologist and I are still working on getting the right insulin units to carb ratio for me. We've tried 12 grams carb per unit but I was having too many lows. I'm now working with 15 carbs per unit and am having better results. Remember that there is no one right answer for all of us. Each of us must individually determine what works for us. Keeping track of the carbs you ingest is vital along with the advice of a good diabetes specialist.

chance1964 2011-03-19 23:48:15 -0500 Report

Thanks that just might help.i take 6 pills a day.20 units in the morn then 5 to 10 after I eat.i have not been doing very good.

cograndma 2011-03-19 08:43:49 -0500 Report

if something has lots of fiber, then I subract that from the carbs because that is something that isn't abosrbed and doesn't effect your sugars… other than that I agree with you!!

Nonna2Three 2011-03-18 13:29:18 -0500 Report

I count total carb grams. I know some people count net carbs and some products advertise with "Net Carbs", but I like to leave the fiber carbs for 2 reasons 1) I hate to do math and having to keep track of foods is all the math I care for 2) the fiber carbs leave me a cushion for error or impulse snacks - that way if I am a gram or two over I am still okay. And I don't count carbs int he sense of carb exchanges and such (more undesired math) I just track the grams and KISS (keep it super simple). :D 2011-03-18 13:41:38 -0500 Report

thanks for the info…being an a personality…i'm driven to know exactly what my totals are…just like a science experiment…looking for cause and then effect ! your more relaxed approach has merit as well…maybe when i'm 100…I will be able to chill a little too !

tabby9146 2011-03-17 08:13:50 -0500 Report

I was told in class that the total carbs are really the entire total, including the sugar total underneath that.

cograndma 2011-03-19 08:46:51 -0500 Report

that is right. the sugar listed under the carbs tells you what portion of those carbs is sugar. I f you will notice that anything that is part of that carb number is indented underneath

whitetigress 2011-03-17 09:35:21 -0500 Report

Yes it is included in the total carb count and not a separate entry. I mentioned it separately because there are some people who keep track of their sugar intake. If you don't, then the grams of sugar is just part of the total carb count… so you are correct tabby :).

whitetigress 2011-03-16 19:47:24 -0500 Report

Hi! The way carbs are calculated: if you can get the nutritional information from the box or package in which the food is contained, all the better.

Suppose you were eating something that has:

24g carbs
2g fiber
2g sugar

Unless you want to keep track of the amount of sugar you are eating, you don't worry about it because it is part of the total carb count (24 grams).

Yes, you subtract the amount of fiber from the total carb count: 24 - 2g fiber = a total of 22g of carb. I hope this helps :)

cograndma 2011-03-19 08:48:39 -0500 Report

you need to know what part of those carbs are sugar. 30g carbs with 15g sugar is not as good for you as 30g carbs with 5g sugar

cograndma 2011-03-17 06:52:35 -0500 Report

I agree with you, to a point. you need to look at the ratio of sugar to carbs. Not only how many carbs but how much of that is real sugar. your example is great because it is low in sugar. but let's say you had 24g carbs with 20g sugar. then I would be careful of how much of it I ate…Does that make sense.

whitetigress 2011-03-17 09:37:34 -0500 Report

Oh yes it makes sense :). If a food had 20g of sugar, though, I wouldn't be eating it.

whitetigress 2011-03-18 18:13:09 -0500 Report

Even if it were. I am the type that watches the amount of sugar I consume simply because I am trying to lower the amount. Sugar is nasty stuff .. poisonous to your system.

cograndma 2011-03-19 08:41:02 -0500 Report

always, always, always look at what percent of the alloted carbs for that meal is sugar in whatever you are going to eat. Also complex carbs ( whole grain brown rice)are better than simple carbs like macaroni, potatoes and white rice.

jayabee52 2011-03-18 18:47:57 -0500 Report

Both carbs and sugars are turned into glucose, Suzanne. Same difference.

Sugar is "poison" to us PWDs because too much glucose is toxic to us, and can do nasty things to our bodies.

Yet our bodies and brains are DESIGNED to use glucose as fuel. What is toxic is an excess of glucose in our system.

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