16 responses

  1. Andrea Carlson
    January 20, 2013

    This article was very informational… thank you. :)

    • Abel James
      January 24, 2013

      You betcha! :)

      • Michelle
        July 22, 2013

        Im confused as to the carb thing in Atkins bars. on the front of the package it say 2 g net carbs but on the wrappers it says 29 carbs….so if your only allowed 20 carbs a day how are the bars approved for your diet plan?

      • Emily Dewey
        July 24, 2013

        Not sure about Atkins bars specifically, but many low carb bars are high in sugar alcohol, as mentioned in the post. Sticking to real, whole foods and staying away from processed/boxed/packaged food is a sure-fire way to have a naturally lower net-carb diet. – Emily, FBM Team Coach

  2. Nikki
    March 18, 2013

    So even though the Atkins granola (protein meal bars) say only 3 net carbs I am really eating 13 net carbs if I only subtract the dietary fiber and not the sugar alcohols?

    • Chantal
      March 20, 2013

      Oh my God…. :-(

    • sarah
      March 22, 2013

      I was wondering the same?!?! But i think the atkins products you can trust….right?? “/

      • David
        March 26, 2013

        Agreed. That formula does not work correctly for the Atkins meal bars. I do not see why Atkins would try and “trick” someone on their program.

      • Abel James
        March 26, 2013

        It’s a shame!

      • Abel James
        March 26, 2013

        Unfortunately, I wouldn’t trust *most* products. Real food always wins!

  3. sahand
    April 26, 2014

    what about “Atkins” ?. i recently started buying Atkins products and looked at the nutrition facts and it said that it has “sugar alcohol” . i was wondering if those sugar alcohols are actually considered carbohydrates not net carbs. what should i do now? should i just look at the net carb setion or should i add the sugar alcohol to the net carp ?!

    • sahand
      April 26, 2014


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  5. Tom
    June 17, 2014

    So is it good to have a high number or low number of net carbs? For example, Quest Bars advertise being low carb, but they have 21 grams of total carbs, 17 grams grams of dietary fiber, and 4 grams of net carbs. So are they really “low carb?”

    Thanks for your help

  6. Mike
    August 19, 2014

    Even most of these posts are not “facts”. Net carbs are not defined anywhere, nor has the process ever been tested anywhere for what does and does not comprise the “truth”. The truth is, *ALL* carbs are carbs. How much of a carb is digested by the body is the thing people are trying to measure using “net carbs”. The carbs in fruits and vegetables are *NOT* carb free and thus cannot be simply discarded (a prime example being a potato on which you gain considerable weight or raise your blood sugar level, most vegetables have *some* effect on your weight and/or blood sugar. Another good example that *has* been tested is that the energy required to completely digest a celery stalk (and complete digestion does not happen in the human body) requires more calories than are contained in the celery stalk (e.g., you, in theory, should burn more calories digesting celery than it provides). Secondly, the warnings against alcohol sugars are misstated. Those sugars are somewhere in between the desirable properties of carbs in certain vegetables and the carbs in processed sugars. Sorbitol does not digest the same as sucrose and you can substitute any sugar alcohol for any processed sugar.

    Thus, what’s important is what your body processes and what is unimportant is what your body does not process and NO ONE, any where or at any time has done a study, independently or collaboratively to definitively determine how these substances interact in your digestive system, how you can measure it, what you can trust, and, even when a good barometer exists, the differences between people’s metabolisms greatly impact results. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another.

    Your results *WILL* vary and you can only count on what you test on yourself. Notwithstanding, certain principles are valid in estimating how you will respond. Admonitions to avoid corn and potatoes are usually valid. Avoiding fats of all kinds is a good idea, but eliminating them is not good as some is necessary. Weigh carefully how you use nuts. Between their fatty consistency and the complications from allergies to diverticulitis can make nuts problematic and is true for most dense foodstuffs. However, people can’t overlook their protein needs as well. Remember this Carbs are fuel and burn, proteins are nutrients and build and fats are stores that preserve some fuel and nutrients to be burned more slowly when needed. With that in mind, select a well-balanced selection in moderation. Those of us challenged with abnormal metabolic systems (I have type II diabetes) need to make adjustments to accommodate deficiencies created by our condition. However, blanket statements like “eat a bunch of this” or “avoid that all together” are extremes and should rarely be heeded.

    Get to know yourself. If you’re looking for an easy fix, you aren’t going to find it. No one will make you a healthy diet – there’s no profit in it. You will have to make your own.

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