Carb counting question

(Ashley) #1

So I’m trying to learn how to carb count really well and I have a question. I’ve heard mixed things about this so I’m curious what you guys do. Is it true you can subtract the dietary fiber from the carb count when calculating carbs or no? Or is there a certain amount of dietary fiber that has to be there before you do this? Im slightly confused.

(joe) #2

@Aparker2012 Ashley, some do, some don’t but what’s more important is that you find out what works for you. Take good notes at first and you will be able to tell if high fiber has anything to do with your blood sugar control. Diabetes is a bit of a science project sometimes. When in doubt use less insulin… you can always take more

(Bill) #3

Hi, Ashley,

Joe @joe gave you the basics. To reinforce what he said, it’s how your body responds to carbohydrates and the type of fiber in the food.

Here’s the short version of what I do. I look at the carb count on the package/restaurant nutrition information and calculate based on that. That’s an easy place to start. Don’t try to get too “technical” as you’re getting started.

Over time you will begin to recognize which foods lead to a quick glucose rise (e.g., potato chips) and which ones are “slower” (e.g., brown rice). You’ll also recognize which ones have a greater carbohydrate load per volume (e.g., white rice).

It’s not quite “trigonometry or calculus.” It’s more like “algebra.” But start with simple “ratios” and build from there (e.g., 1 unit per 30 grams; this is my “ratio” - yours may be different).

Good luck to you!


(Dennis J. Dacey, PwD) #4

Hi Ashley @Aparker2012, what both Bill and Joe wrote also applies to me it is how different foods affect MY body. And as Bill suggests, don’t try to get too technical.

Through trial and error you will see how much insulin your body needs for many of your favorite foods in the serving size you prefer to eat. When looking at “new” foods that you want to try I suggest that you look at the “Total Carb.” on the label and apply your calculated I:C ratio and go from there. You will note on the current FDA label there are two “fiber” listings; “Dietary fiber” and “Insoluble Fiber” - insoluble could almost always be deducted but I only deduct for one half of dietary fiber if the amount is “excessively large”. Bill, Joe and I [and several other members here] all grew up with diabetes and have done well before “carb counting” became the rave - we played the game from instinct and learned from our mistakes.

(sneathbupp) #5

Yeah, all different. As in a post above, some have different responses to potatoes vs rice. For me, I need much less than expected insulin for any potato dish, exactly as expected for rice and more than expected for an orange. I keep a food diary which helps a lot

(pamcklein) #6

My trainer told me to deduct half of the fiber from the total carbs. This seems to work well for me.