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Nutrition: Label Carb Confusion

Posted on April 11th, 2004 filed in Nutrition    |   

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I have noted on many ‘health’ food labels confusing numbers about the carb content of the product.

My original understanding about ‘net carbs’ is that this represents ‘all carbs’ minus fiber. But numbers are really not adding up if this is the case.

A recent label on a protein replacement meal showed 36 grams of carbs, 2 grams of Fiber, and a claim in bold that there were only 3 net carbs!!!!

Turns out that sugar-alcohols fill the gap. 1 gram of sugar alcohol only has 2 calories and has no glycemic effect (Does not cause insulin spike) and thus manufacturers do not have to include it in the nutrition label.

One learns something new every day.

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