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Old 09-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #1
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Net carbs???

I'm new to low carb eating, but I am serious about it.
While researching carbohydrate values of various foods I keep coming up on the term "net carbs" I have seen several definitions of this term, but I would like to hear from experienced Atkins dieters.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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The Atkins diet defines Net Carbs as:

Total Carbohydrates minus Dietary Fiber minus Sugar Alcohols

I think there are a couple of other things that you subtract, but those are the only ones I've encountered.
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Total carbs minus fiber. A lot of people cannot eat things with sugar alcohols in them because their bodies will convert it to carbs. I tend to stay away from products with sugar alcohols even though the experts say you can subtract them. You would just have to experiment with them to see how they effect you. Most people have to be super careful with them.
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I have a three in one book called "The complete Dr. Atkins" It includes the new diet revolution, the new diet cookbook and the new carbohydrate gram counter.
Nowhere in any of the three volumes can I find any reference to "net carbs".
Am I missing something? His food value chart lists grams of carbs, grams of protein, and grams of fat, but nothing about fiber or anything else that should be subtracted from the total carb count.
No wonder I'm confused.
Is there a later book of his that spells out the net carb paradigm?

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Humm... I thought that the only book that didn't subtract the fiber was the original '72 book that he did. I know that the newest book talks about new carbs. There is no reason to count the fiber in your carb count though, because it goes through your system undigested.
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There is no reason to count the fiber in your carb count though, because it goes through your system undigested.

Thanks, that's useful information that I can use.
I suppose the 'bottom line' so to speak, is weight loss and healthy blood levels.
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