Food Label Help!!

Alaskan Golfer
By Alaskan Golfer Latest Reply 2014-06-09 11:08:40 -0500
Started 2014-06-05 01:21:01 -0500

I am a recently diagnosed Type 1. I have yet to go to a nutritionist/dietitian. I have a Adkins bar in front of me that I bought in a box, it said it has 3 net carbs. I pulled out one of the bars from the box and read the label. It says 32g carbs!!!! Then a nice little math calc that says 32g-14g fiber - 15g sugar alcohols = 3 net carbs. What the!!! Should I eat this and count it as 3 carbs? Please help.

9 replies

Type1Lou 2014-06-05 15:36:27 -0500 Report

I feel that the "net carb" label is more marketing-driven to sell products as Low-carb and can be misleading. I choose to use the "Total Carb" values listed as my criteria and that has worked well for me. I do frequently indulge in an Atkins Endulge Peanut Caramel Cluster bar as dessert but count the full 13 grams of carb in the bar when I bolus. (The front label show 1 gram of sugar and 3 grams net carb.)

GabbyPA 2014-06-05 06:38:24 -0500 Report

Yeah, I got kind of the same shock when I picked up some Glucerna to try out. It says 6g of sugar on the front. I thought, ok....well on the label is says 23g of carbs. Really? No fiber to help take that number down.

The whole fiber thing can be useful, as fiber does slow down the spike, but it's still carbs. And the formula that I was taught is not the one I see in food labels. My diabetic educator said that the fiber "game" goes like this.

Your bar has 32g of carbs and 14 fiber.
So you get to take half of the fiber number (and that is only if you are more than 3g of fiber, anything less cannot be deducted) and subtract it from your total carbs to get your "net" carbs.
So you have 32 - (14/2 = 7) = 25grams of carbohydrates that you need to count.

4mouseketeers 2014-06-05 16:06:36 -0500 Report

Math has never been good to me. I don't understand.

GabbyPA 2014-06-07 09:35:42 -0500 Report

You only get to subtract 50% of the fiber from the Carbohydrates and you can only subtract it if you have more than 3g of fiber....does that help?

4mouseketeers 2014-06-07 10:36:26 -0500 Report

I hope to get to see an RD so I can find out about how to figure labels & all of that out. Right now it is pretty cloudy.

jayabee52 2014-06-05 01:44:32 -0500 Report

Howdy AG.
you might want to think about taking that box of bars and return them to the store if you can. I have not bought in to this whole "net carbs" idea.

Please take a gander at this:

"Are “Net Carbs” For Real?
Processed low-carb products often have labels saying that they contain a certain amount of “net carbs.”
These products usually contain a significant amount of carbohydrate, but a large part of these carbs are indigestible.
This includes fiber and certain sugar alcohols.
However… it’s important to keep in mind that food manufacturers often deceive people with their labeling.
The “net carb” claim is NOT regulated by the FDA or any regulatory agency and cannot be trusted.
There are many cases of so-called “low carb” products being able to raise blood sugar just as much as their regular counterparts.
No actual study has ever been done on the health effects of the Atkins bars, but I did look at several chat forums and many people report having digestive issues and stalled weight loss after consuming them."
For more info see ~

I pray this has been helpful

Alaskan Golfer
Alaskan Golfer 2014-06-05 02:03:25 -0500 Report

Thanks again for the good advice and article. It was a good read. If nothing else I am getting a good education from this disease that I otherwise would never have gotten. I have a close friend with Prostate Cancer who is alive well beyond the time he was said to have left. His motto is, the sooner it rots, the better it is for you.

jayabee52 2014-06-05 14:01:31 -0500 Report

AG, yes I had been working in the medical field before I was disabled and sometimes the Drs do not know when it is "your time" to go. Many folks I know lived much longer than Drs' estimates.

I have learned a lot also from this disease. It is much better when we have an aid such as DC to help us in our learning.