By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-04-15 12:06:45 -0500
Started 2013-04-14 17:21:40 -0500

Hi everyone,

When eating high fiber foods can I subtract the fiber content from the total carbohydrate to get how much carbohydrate is being absorbed. For example eating a carb balance whole wheat tortilla. The total carbohydrate is ~ 36 grams, the total amount of fiber is 26 grams, 36-26 = 10 grams of carbohydrate being absorbed, or a little less than 1 carbohydrate exchange. Does anyone know if this is correct?

9 replies

Nick1962 2013-04-15 12:06:45 -0500 Report

Way too much disagreement on this, and it depends if its soluble or insoluble (which is why I no longer play that game). Some soluble fiber enters the bloodstream with negligible BG effect, whereas insoluble doesn’t. Last I looked, the ADA’s position was to include the fiber grams if under 5 grams, and if over subtract 1/2 the fiber grams. I don’t monitor that closely, but I might have to if I’m a T1.

Chopstix 2013-04-14 21:17:37 -0500 Report

I don't play the carb game either. Why stress my needlessly? If it is "white," don't eat it. Corn is a starchy vegetable, also. I like brown, black, and wild rice. I like most fruits and my wife likes my sweetpotato pie better than hers. I prefer stevia and honey over sugar. I had one doctor tell me to eat all the vegetables I want, most importantly the green leafy kind. Back off on the red meat and fried foods. Instead salt, try more herbs and spices. Have you tried cinnamon and nutmeg in carrots? Or stir fried vegetables? I'm just saying…

snuggles11 2013-04-14 20:07:47 -0500 Report

I do my carbs a little different !
15 grams is one carb exchange
Fiber not sure sorry !
Like my meals require me usually 4 carbs
Pluss my meat Fat ———————
Hope that help you !
You should speak to a dr about what he or she
Wants you to eat a meal plan !

Anonymous 2013-04-15 08:31:02 -0500 Report

thanks,after some research I found out net carbs are created by the companies. They are not regulated by the FDA, only the carbohydrate information on the nutriition food label is regulated. It seems to be a gimmick. Half of the fiber content on the other hand can be subtracted from the total carbohydrate to give you a more accurate number of grams.

jayabee52 2013-04-14 17:58:53 -0500 Report

Howdy Anon!
I don't play the "net carbs" game with myself, but there are many who do. There have been many discussions over the years here on DC one of those may be found here ~

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-04-14 20:44:49 -0500 Report

I agree, James. I tried some low net carb higher fiber tortillas. Tested my BG 2 hours later, all good no spike. Then, on a whim, tested 3 hours later, that's when the spike showed up. Took me by surprise. Was a little miffed that I was on my 2nd or 3rd package of them before I learned what they were doing.

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