Net carbs vs. total carbs

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  1. Quick Silver

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    Whats the difference?
     
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    shouldnt be any, unless the packet is rice paper?
     
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    i see, I was curious since I though it was weird that certain foods are marketed as "low carb" and list their carb count per serving in big blod letters in the packaging as " x gm Net carbs" but after further ispection the nutitional label shows a much higer carbohydrate count.

    Are the net carbs the ones w/ a higher glycemic index, thus more prone to alter the levels of glucose in your system? or is it just another marketing plot aimed to low carb dieters? :mamoru:
     
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    I'd say the net carbs stated on the wrapper is the carbs in a specific portion of the food.


    and yes its just a marketting ploy
     
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    but the total carbs in the back its shown as gms/serving :confused:
     
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    ugh its not just a marketing ploy.

    "Net Carbs" refers to the amount of carbs in the food that have any effect on blood sugar levels. Typically, they take the total carbs and subtract dietary fiber and sugar alcohols, to arrive at net carbs. Fiber and sugar alcohols are not absorbed from the intestine, cant be metabolized by the body for energy, and therefore have no affect on blood sugar.

    So, hypothetically, if you ate something with 8g carbs and 8g fiber (assuming there was nothing else in it), the effects on your blood sugar would be 0, and the fiber doesnt ever leave your intestine except through your ass. Therefore, the net carbs would be 0.
     
  7. it IS marketing bs. manufacturers trying to prove to n00bs how good their stuff is. anyone else can read the label and know exactly the same information, without the hype and fancy colors.
     
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    did you read the post above yours?...cause he is right.
     
  9. no shit sherlock, so am I. "net carbs" is just another label for information already provided on most food labels.
     
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    fiber is digested
     
  11. soluble fiber, yes. insoluble fiber, not so much.
     
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    right, but either way they dont manipulate your blood sugar enough to make a difference, because soluble fiber is digested sooo slowly that it GI is practically 0 so it doesnt do anything to blood sugar, hence the term "net carbs".

    it still has calories, but the term net carb is really for people looking to be in ketosis because fiber, soluble or insoluble will not take you out of ketosis.
     
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