LRaabe

Q:

When carb counting, do you delete the sugar alcohol grams from the total carbohydrates per serving like you do the fiber grams?

Amy Campbell

A:

Sugar alcohols, which include sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and erythritol are natural sweeteners that have about half of the calories and carbohydrate grams as regular sugar. This is because sugar alcohols are only partially digested. If there are 5 grams or more of sugar alcohols in a product, you can subtract half of the sugar alcohol grams from the total carbohydrate. For example, if the total carbohydrate grams in a product are 20, and there are 10 grams of sugar alcohol, you would subtract 5 grams (half of 10) from the total carbohydrate grams. You would count this product as having 15 grams of carbohydrate.

July 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm