"Other" Carbohydrates...

girl steele
By girl steele Latest Reply 2011-08-24 16:35:55 -0500
Started 2011-08-06 16:26:37 -0500

On the nutrition label on food there is one called "Other Carbohydrates"… what is this? Do I add it to the total carbs or is it already a part of the total? Just wondering because sometimes the 'other carbs' are pretty high.

21 replies

berrykins0 2011-08-24 16:34:50 -0500 Report

i been told you don't count these as bad carbs they are consired good carbs i asked my nutrionist about that once.

Copperchef 2011-08-08 11:23:33 -0500 Report

As a chef, I can tell you that certain chemical ingredients can contain carbs in <1gm increments. But combining them can increase the carbs total. Thus the other carbs. Another way they hide carbs is with the use of the term "natural flavors". The FDA allowed food manufacturers to use this so they did not have to give away food trade secrets on the labels. Whether the manufacturers abuse this, only they know and they aren't going to tell.

jayabee52 2011-08-06 17:56:39 -0500 Report

Here's a page from Livestrong.com which resulted from a search "other carbohydrates" http://www.livestrong.com/article/409227-what...

here's a website from the FDA. It doesn't specifically answer your question, but it is good general reading about nutrition information: http://www.fda.gov/food/labelingnutrition/con...

Thinking more about it, Since these are the TOTAL carbs, ( and the other entries are indented below it) you don't add these to the total, because they're already added to the total.

I think those other carbs are so high sometimes because sugar alcohols are considered carbs too, and that is where they are counted (unless there is a separate line for these, sometimes)

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-08-06 19:40:47 -0500 Report

I use LIVESTRONG everyday. In fact I used it about 45 minutes ago. By the way, there's an app for that.

jayabee52 2011-08-07 00:46:52 -0500 Report

I don't have that fancy of a phone. My cell is just limited to basic calling features.
I am relatively "old fashioned" in that I access the internet using a computer ( wow! accessing the internet that way is old fashioned? I guess that I AM an old fuddy-duddy!)

AuntieM234 2011-08-07 03:54:36 -0500 Report

Hey JB: I don't want my phone to do anything but be a phone. I use my laptop or my desk PC to access the internet. I can access the internet wth my e-reader, but I don't. My Granddaughter (age 10) does sometimes, just because she thinks its fun. I got laptops for her and my Grandson (almost 13) for Christmas, so she usually uses that. My Grandson is going into 7th grade this month (22nd) but he has a laptop class all this coming week (4 hrs ea day) in the AM. The students have to have Microsoft Office on their computers, but the school district provides their own software which interfaces with MSOffice. The students will actually be able to email their papers directly to the teachers. Imagine that! My Grandson also has football practice every day in the afternoon, in 100+ degree weather. Why in the world do you suppose they didn't switch it up and have football practice in the AM. I tell you the more I deal with the schools, the more I wonder why supposedly intelligent people do such unintelligent planning.

I've been using computers since about 1980, around the time the IBM PCs were coming into notice and you had to use MSDos. My first windows-type computer (1984ish) was a MacIntosh, which I loved! (You know, MacIntosh had a windows-type OS when Windows was just a twinkle in Gates' eye!) I used it as a part of my work, so by 1990, I had a screen that would accommodate two legal-size pages side by side. Ah well, I digress. I'll leave it though. ;-) Mara

jayabee52 2011-08-07 04:19:33 -0500 Report


EDIT: One of our first computers was an I-mac , for my middle son. It was the first time our family was on the internet. It was a nice little machine.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-08-07 02:49:44 -0500 Report

This guy told me (after I got the iPhone). That facing a iPhone and no computer was like driving a BMW and living in the projects. I thought that was stupid but my 20 year old daughter said that made perfect sense. Ahhh, the brilliants of youth!

jayabee52 2011-08-06 17:02:53 -0500 Report

I don't know, Trish, but thank you for bringing it up. I plan to see if I can find out!