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Old 11-13-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Do you subtract sugar alcohols from the carb count? (I know with Fiber you do)
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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Some LCers do, some LCers dont.
Personally, I count all carbs.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #3
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I do. Others don't. I think it depends entirely on how carb sensitive you are and how much sugar alcohol (and what type) you use. When making desserts, I use primarily erythritol and stevia. I don't even consider those in my carb counts because they have negligible effects on blood glucose. They are "free" in my world. When using products that are pre-made, it depends upon the sugar alcohol it contains. Some raise blood sugar more than others and shouldn't be considered "free".

For example, while erythritol has a glycemic index of 0, maltitol has a glycemic index of 36. Sugar has a glycemic index of 60. A very popular sugar alcohol in the low carb community is xylitol, which has a GI of 9. But I never use xylitol because even a small amount can be lethal to dogs--and I love my little fluffy girl too much to risk it!
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Old 11-15-2013, 08:38 AM   #4
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I do. Others don't. I think it depends entirely on how carb sensitive you are and how much sugar alcohol (and what type) you use. When making desserts, I use primarily erythritol and stevia. I don't even consider those in my carb counts because they have negligible effects on blood glucose. They are "free" in my world. When using products that are pre-made, it depends upon the sugar alcohol it contains. Some raise blood sugar more than others and shouldn't be considered "free".

For example, while erythritol has a glycemic index of 0, maltitol has a glycemic index of 36. Sugar has a glycemic index of 60. A very popular sugar alcohol in the low carb community is xylitol, which has a GI of 9. But I never use xylitol because even a small amount can be lethal to dogs--and I love my little fluffy girl too much to risk it!
This is what I do also. Good info.
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