You’d think it would be easy…..no way! The ADA decided a few years back to make it waaaay more complicated. Why do simple subtraction when you can have more rules and regulations. Right?
Okay, here goes, the “official” rules for subtracting fiber
If the Fiber count is more than 5 grams ………….
subtract half the fiber
If not more than 5 grams
don’t subtract it.
This is because they decided that some of the fiber does eventually break down into a form that can be used by your body (hence only half).
Now you didn’t think you’d just get away with this did you?
Same rule, if more than 5 grams subtract half, because some does get utilized by your system.
However (hee hee) if Erythritol is the only sugar alcohol listed subtract all of it! Are you making a cheat-sheet up?
I have a fool-proof method for dealing with this, I don’t subtract any fiber. Nobody says you have to subtract it! Now I realize that for people on an extremely low-carb diet, every carb counts. Also for people dosing with insulin it could be a consideration. But lets face it, there aren’t many foods with more than 5 grams of fiber per serving, and if so it’s only 2 or 3 grams to subtract that we’re talking about usually.
Now there are some products with special consideration, such as Dreamfields pasta, which is supposed to have a “special coating”. I treat them with my meter. I eat them and test to see how they impact my numbers. Regardless of what the “hype” says, my meter has the final word on it.
Also, don’t expect to see this method everywhere. I did a “google” just to see what was out there and many things showed up. In most they just said subtract all of the fiber to get the “net” carbs. Most didn’t even mention if more than 5 grams.
So basically folks how you decide to do it is up to you. Just never let it be said that I didn’t give you the “official” method.
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