neenee nancy


I have noticed that many items contain sugar alcohol and subtract the full amount off the total carb count. I was told to only subtract 1/2 of them off. Why the discrepency ?

Amy Campbell


You’re correct: if there are more than 5 grams of sugar alcohols in a product, the guideline is to subtract half of this amount from the grams of total carbohydrate. So, for example, if a product contains 30 grams of carbohydrate and 10 grams of sugar alcohols, you would subtract 5 grams (half of 10) from the total carbohydrate, thereby “counting” this product as having 25 grams of carbohydrate. The reason for subtracting just half of the amount is that sugar alcohols are types of sweeteners that are partially digested. Therefore, some of the carbohydrate in these sweeteners are broken down into glucose and can impact blood glucose levels -- and they can also provide calories.

January 14, 2013 at 1:49 am

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neenee nancy
neenee nancy 2013-02-05 21:32:28 -0600 Report

I noticed that you said over 5 grams of sugar alcohols. Does that mean if the amount is 5 or under we should subtract the full amount??
I have also noticed that many products will read (example)30 grams of carbs 10 grams of fiber 2 grams of soluable and 8 grams insoluable is this just meant to give a breakdown of the types of fiber and should not be counted as an additional 10 grams of fiber?