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bigbum 02-03-2013 11:22 AM

Do I count the carbs and then substract the fiber accross a whole recipe?
I am new to low carbing, been doing it about four weeks now, and lost 19lbs :-) I'm trying to branch out and make some really nice low carb recipes, however I have a question...

I made some biscotti today, they were made with pecan nut flour, so this four is 24g carb, of which 5 were fibre. Which leaves 19g net carbs... so far so good. So if I want to lower the carb count of the whole recipe, could I add in flaxseed, for example, which is, for arguements sake, 45g of fibre and 5 g of carbs, could I effectively lower the net carb count by adding high fibre ingredients?? Does it still count?:dunno:

By the way, the biscotti were sugar free and AMAZING! I wouldn't have believed that ground pecans were so delicious!

Very Many Thanks in advance x

Charski 02-03-2013 11:38 AM

I add up the ingredients and then subtract the total fiber from the total carbs. So to answer your question, yes. BUT make sure you're working with the proper figures for each ingredient - and I know you used this for the sake of argument only, but total fiber will NEVER be greater than total carbs, i.e., flax = 45 grams fiber and 5 carbs. Fiber is normally part of the total carb count, so it could easily be the OTHER way around, i.e., 45 carbs, 5 fiber, if that makes sense! :)

Welcome aboard and congrats on your success so far - keep up the good work! Hang out with us, plenty of great cooks around here.

BTW the two places I use most for calorie/carb/fiber counts are CalorieKing and the USDA nutrient database. You can do a web search for both. HTH!

rosethorns 02-03-2013 12:49 PM


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bigbum 02-03-2013 01:19 PM

Thanks Rosethorns and Charski!!
Yes, I checked the Calorie website, and the fibre and carbs were almost equal, i think i must have previously found the net carbs and the fibre, and thought, 'whoopee! I can add this stuff and get away with nut flours higher in carbs!!'. Shame!! :-)

Charski 02-03-2013 03:33 PM

LOL! Yeah, I remember those "tricks" from Winning Points on Weight Watchers! LOL!! One gal mixed psyllium husk with her ice cream.... :laugh:

YOU can try all the tricks you want but trust me - your body knows the difference! :)

ravenrose 02-06-2013 11:47 AM

I think you are saying this: by adding a lower carb ingredient like flax, I will dilute the carbs and make MORE cookies, so each cookie will have less carbs.

that is true and works well.

it is NOT true that you can erase some of the carbs already in the cookies by adding some magic ingredient. I don't think that is your thought, but some people propose that here every so often so I want people to understand that. thanks!

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