fiber and carbs

By tabby9146 Latest Reply 2014-05-18 17:16:36 -0500
Started 2014-05-10 12:15:16 -0500

On Nutrition Facts food labels, the grams of dietary fiber are already included in the total carbohydrate count. But because fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body can’t digest, it does not affect your blood sugar levels. You should subtract the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate.

Here’s the best advice about fiber:

For people with diabetes that are treated with insulin, getting the most accurate carbohydrate count may help control blood sugars better.

To summarize – you need to take the total amount of carbohydrate in a serving MINUS the carbohydrate in the fiber.
Now, let’s practice using the sample food label:

Nutrition Facts Carbohydrate example

Locate the total carbohydrate in one serving. You will see that the total carbohydrate is 10 grams.
The dietary fiber is 5 grams per serving.
Count this product as 5 grams of carbohydrate (10 grams total carbohydrate minus 5 grams dietary fiber equals 5 grams of carbohydrate).

18 replies

tabby9146 2014-05-13 11:58:34 -0500 Report

fiber is more important than ever to me, as I found out a few weeks ago that my birth mother (only 69) died of colon cancer. to help possibly protect against that, fiber is one thing, even exercise can help, and other things, and of course, we know that both of these may help prevent certain other cancers too.

artqween 2014-05-16 22:56:12 -0500 Report

I love oatmeal- original flavor. The best u can get in my opinion, I just add water to mine. And a small pinch of iodized salt. It also is known for lowering cholesterol ;). Tabby
Actually u r about fiber.. diabetes is possibly mixture of excessive sugar intake and fat intake.. The worst part is some fats in foods u don't see it. Some are cooked in like cooking oils. Restaurants r known for that.
Grilled chicken, lean roast beef,
turkey, salmon,
etc possibly grilled can help lower your numbers with lots of veges not swimming in butter thou. whole grain rolls with as low as u can calories/fat butter. But again ultra light with the butter on rolls.
Also vital careful cardio workout..
Walking a very lengthy paced walk, or light jog, or combo Zumba,.
Lots of water for hydration…

We can even eat delicious fat free/sugar free dessert like a cup of ice cream/fat free whip cream/peanuts and Chewing each bite in smaller serving, Slowly..
:) our numbers will go down and there will be progress made.. now if u have per say
a genie disease past down that maybe serious possibly the immune system will response better with non habit forming over the counter remedies.. with all these prescriptions on the market the human body possibly can't heal itself.. Maybe..

GabbyPA 2014-05-11 11:41:42 -0500 Report

I was taught that you can only subtract 1/2 of the total fiber from the carbohydrates and then only if over 3g per serving.

So my example would be 10g of carbohydrate and 5g of fiber is would be 10g -(5g/2 = 2.5g) = 7.5g of carbs.

Many of the "low carb" foods use the same formula you do, but I was always warned against following those and encouraged to do the math for myself.

Glucerna 2014-05-10 18:43:03 -0500 Report

I'm glad everyone is paying attention to the fiber content of foods! The most updated guidelines recommend subtracting half of the fiber content from the total carbohydrate. That's because our body incompletely digests fiber and about half of the carbohydrate in fiber is available for use in our body. ~Lynn @Glucerna

IronOre 2014-05-10 18:07:50 -0500 Report

yea, I guess you can do that and
you need to take into account the "sugar alcohols" too, as a benefit for diabetics
But i never do that. I like keeping it simple and just count the carbs

tomecom 2014-05-10 14:13:16 -0500 Report

Adult men need a minimum of 35 grams of fiber daily,, and women need 30 grams per day minimum. Most diabetics get less than half of the fiber their body requires. I have seen numerous diabetics get off of their cholesterol medications simply by increasing their fiber levels to those minimum levels.
The liver produces and releases both HDL and LDL cholesterol. The HDL travels around the body and picks up excess LDL and carries it back to the liver to be disposed of. the liver places it in the bile fluids and secretes it into the small intestine. If you don't get enough fiber the LDL is not disposed of and reenters the bloodstream.

tabby9146 2014-05-10 12:17:54 -0500 Report

I see the graphic (chart) did not show up. But it shows in detail how to read the label, it shows a box and shows in detail how to read it. I just wanted to post this mainly for newly diagnosed diabetics, I attended classes right after I was diagnosed, and this information was included in our classes, and it is very important to know. I said on here not too long ago that you an do this, but it has to be a certain number of fiber grams, to be able to subtract. someone said this was not true, it IS true. They teach this in all of the classes. So just do not let anyone tell you that you can not. There are many who were diagnosed years ago, and do not know this.

jayabee52 2014-05-10 12:48:28 -0500 Report

If memory serves, the number of grams of fiber is 5 or more before one can deduct them from the total carb count.

tabby9146 2014-05-12 08:20:02 -0500 Report

I as taught 5 in class back in early 2009. I guess things have changed. Just wanted to inform mainly newly diagnosed.