View Full Version : Question about which carbs count....

11-19-2004, 03:26 PM
If I'm keeping track of my carbs because I want to keep a certain ratio of carbs/protein/fats, I should subtract fiber from the total carbs because it has no calories right?

But what about the sugar alcohol in protein bars for example, which isn't counted technically as "net carbs" because it doesn't spike insulin, but it still has calories in it....do I count those?

11-19-2004, 04:11 PM
if it goes in your mouth, count it... and for your information, fiber does contain calories,.

11-19-2004, 04:17 PM
if you body cannot absorb fiber, how can it have a caloric value?

11-19-2004, 05:17 PM
i guess you'll have to ask fiber that

11-19-2004, 05:35 PM
It has a caloric value because its a carbohydrate. It is just undigestible. Therefore, since your body doesn't use it, it has no effect on calorie intake.

11-19-2004, 06:20 PM
soluble fiber contains 2 cals buddy

11-19-2004, 07:33 PM
It depends on the type of fiber. Cellulose, for instance, is entirely indigestible and essentially contains 0 calories.

Sugar alcohols are a con IMO; yes they contain less calories than standard carbs (2/g I believe) but they are still a carb and can most certainly kick you out of ketosis if you are on a carb restricted diet.