Message from Christine:
When it comes to Carbohydrate Counting, fiber and sugar alcohol are treated a little differently according to the American Diabetes Association.
If a food contains more than 5 grams of fiber, half of the grams of fiber should be subtracted from the total carbohydrate on a food label.
suppose a food contains 20 grams of total carbohydrate and 6 grams fiber
divide 6 grams of fiber by 2 = 3 grams of fiber to subtract from total carbohydrate
20 grams of total carbohydrate - 3 grams fiber = 17 grams total carbohydrate
The same is true for sugar alcohol. If a food contains more than 5 grams sugar alcohol, half of the grams of sugar alcohol should be subtracted from the total carbohydrate.
Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
FOODPICKER.org, Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator
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