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Q. I recently picked up a spaghetti box in the supermarket and
was confused by the writing on the box and was hoping you can explain it to
The box was Dreamfields Health Carb Living spaghetti
and it indicated on the side of the box the total carbohydrates was
41 g per serving. On the back of the box it indicated the carb facts were
total carbs 41 then minus fiber of 5 and minus protected carbs of 31
which let to a digestible carbs of 5.
What does all this mean? Can I eat this spaghetti
or not? Now is it 5 carbs or 41 carbs? Explain for me the issues of fiber and carbs
and digestible carbs and carbs, please.
A. The pasta you are asking about appears to use a type of soluble fiber in
their product called inulin.
Inulin is mainly undigested in the GI tract. A word of caution with
this type of fiber, because it is undigested, you may experience gas or
bloating so you will want to introduce it slowly to your diet.
I would suggest a sort of trial with the pasta. Test your blood sugar
prior to eating the pasta and then 1 to 2 hours after you eat the pasta
to see if it truly has no or minimal effect on your blood sugar.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER® Nutrition Director
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