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Q:

My husband has an elevated A1C and is trying to modify his diet. He is missing his daily "treat" (read: candy bar). Can I give him Adkins bars? They say low glycemic impact but is that true or just advertising?

Amy Campbell

A:

He can eat Atkins bars, but first, it’s important for him (and you) to know what’s best for him to consume at meals and snacks in terms of carbohydrate. Many people with diabetes are provided with a carbohydrate goal (in grams) for each meal and snack. Typically, for snacks, people aim for between 15 and 30 grams of carbohydrate. Given that, to give you an example, an Atkins Chocolate Chip Granola Bar contains 19 grams of carbohydrate. Of those 19 grams, 11 grams come from sugar alcohols, which are carbohydrates that aren’t completely digested. The rule of thumb is to subtract half of the sugar alcohol grams from the total carbohydrate grams when determining how to count a product. So, half of 11 is about 5 grams. If we subtract 5 grams from 19 grams, we get 14 grams. Therefore, you could count this particular flavor of Atkins bar as 14 grams of carbohydrate. The catch with Atkins products is that they tend to be fairly high in saturated fat, a type of fat that may raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. From that standpoint, your husband may want to be careful about eating too many of these bars. There are other types of bars that may be a better choice, including Balance Bars, Luna bars, Glucerna bars and granola bars that are available in supermarkets.

March 18, 2013 at 12:31 am

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Healthy Hubby
Healthy Hubby 2016-02-22 20:11:25 -0600 Report

If he likes nuts try Nature Valley Simple Nut Bar. We always get the almond, cashew and sea salt bars. 6g of sugar per bar which is mainly from the tapioca syrup with 11g Total Carbohydrate. They are pricey but they seem to curb the snacking feeling my husband gets and it doesn't elevate his blood sugar too much. Course keeping him from eating the whole box is a different problem! My husband tried the Atkins bars and it spiked him almost 100 points. These nuts bars have 1.5g of Saturated Fat and no cholesterol, though the sodium content is high at 120mg. I hope this gives you an alternative, and they are really tasty too.