neenee nancy

Q:

Would you please tell me what subtraction I should take off sugar alcohols. Should I subtract 100% or only 50% from the carb amount listed on the package? I know with fiber it is 100%.

Amy Campbell

A:

Sugar alcohols are reduced-calorie sweeteners that are not completely digested, and therefore provide about half of the calories and carbs found in sugar and other nutritive sweeteners. Examples of sugar alcohols include sorbitol, mannitol, erythritol and xylitol. If a food contains more than 5 grams of sugar alcohols per serving, subtract half the grams of sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrate grams (as listed on the Nutrition Facts panel). So, as an example, let’s say there are 15 grams of carbohydrate and 10 grams of sugar alcohols in a product. Half of 10 grams is 5, so you would subtract 5 grams from the total carb grams, which is 15, and get 10. This means that you’d count this product as having 10 grams of carb instead of 15. Keep in mind, though, that sugar alcohols may affect your blood glucose differently than another person’s, so it’s always wise to check your glucose with your meter about 2 hours after eating a particular food to learn how that food affects you. Also, sugar alcohols may have a laxative effect, and can also lead to gassiness, bloating and cramps.

January 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

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neenee nancy
neenee nancy 2013-01-29 18:24:30 -0600 Report

Thank you so much for your answer to my query.I have know about Joslin for many years and it is such a God send to be able to address questions to you folks.The problem I have found with the general "professional" is you can't seem to find two with the same answer…so all I have to say is keep up your good work!!!!!