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    Hey guys, i have a question about coconut flour. On the back of my coconut flour the nutrition information reads:

    Protein 17.4g
    Carbohydrate 21.7g
    (of which sugars) 6.8g)
    fat 15.1g
    fibre 37.6g

    Because the fibre is significantly higher than the actual carb content is it effectively zero carb? or would 100g count as 21.7g of carbs?

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    Sure if you're counting net carbs. I just count carbs straight up.
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    • #3
      but would the body use the carbs for energy? i try to stay about 100g of carbs a day and i need about 90g of that to be starches to replenish muscle glycogen, so if i made something out of coconut flour would my carb intake increase to 120-140?

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      • #4
        your body uses everything you throw in your pie hole as energy. Sorry, but I don't have a better answer beyond that. Personally I don't believe the body differentiates between carbs and net carbs.
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        • #5
          I'd ignore the fiber content as fiber is indigestible thus unavailable, and just count the 21.7 g carbs per 100 g.

          I'm impressed by the fiber content. How does the flour taste? Is it very coconutty?
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          • #6
            i have only used it once but it is good, it's not too overpowering but you can taste the coconut. I think it's perfect for making things like cookies/pies etc. because it forms a good crumb-like base. I see you're from the UK, they sell it in holland and barrett, it's called Tiana organic fair trade coconut flour.
            Last edited by Lukey; 08-25-2012, 10:42 AM.

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            • #7
              I think that label may be incorrect. They probably subtracted out the fiber before noting the carbohydrate count. You cannot have negative carb grams.

              Looking at my coconut flour, for 100g of flour there are:
              14g protein
              14g fat
              56g carb
              of which
              35g are fiber
              leaving
              21g
              7g of which are sugar

              The numbers seem close enough to yours that I think their carbohydrate number, which should be total carbs, is probably a net carb number.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Lukey View Post
                Hey guys, i have a question about coconut flour. On the back of my coconut flour the nutrition information reads:

                Protein 17.4g
                Carbohydrate 21.7g
                (of which sugars) 6.8g)
                fat 15.1g
                fibre 37.6g

                Because the fibre is significantly higher than the actual carb content is it effectively zero carb? or would 100g count as 21.7g of carbs?
                Something doesn't add up here~ fiber is a carbohydrate~ so how can there be more fiber grams than carb grams?

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                • #9
                  ah thats seems likely, i was wondering how it could have more fibre than actual carb content. Thanks for the post

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nady View Post
                    Something doesn't add up here~ fiber is a carbohydrate~ so how can there be more fiber grams than carb grams?
                    It's listing fiber separately from available carbohydrate - which is the logical way to do it, as there are no calories available from fiber. That's how our food is labelled in the UK.
                    F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lukey View Post
                      i have only used it once but it is good, it's not too overpowering but you can taste the coconut. I think it's perfect for making things like cookies/pies etc. because it forms a good crumb-like base. I see you're from the UK, they sell it in holland and barrett, it's called Tiana organic fair trade coconut flour.
                      Thanks - that sounds great. Especially as it has a high fiber content. I would use it mostly for coating veggie patties and fishcakes for frying, and also for thickening sauces and soups.
                      F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by paleo-bunny View Post
                        It's listing fiber separately from available carbohydrate - which is the logical way to do it, as there are no calories available from fiber. That's how our food is labelled in the UK.
                        Interesting! So fiber carbs aren't counted, only net carbs? Guess I'm used to counting total carbs.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nady View Post
                          Interesting! So fiber carbs aren't counted, only net carbs? Guess I'm used to counting total carbs.
                          No. We can't digest cellulose, which is the predominant carb in fiber. Herbivorous mammals that have larger digestive systems can, e.g. cows and rabbits.

                          Total carbs is a good enough approximation, and given that this is how food tends to be labelled in the US, I can understand why Mark recommends this as a pragmatic measure.
                          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                          • #14
                            I know this is about a specific product... (Quest bars) and deals with the issues of diabetics... but it seems to debunk the "net carbs" theory for at least some of the applications it is used for.


                            I'm not sure if it was used for the "sugar alcohols" in this case, or what...
                            Just a thought.
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                            She was always trying to BELIEVE the packaging.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                              your body uses everything you throw in your pie hole as energy. Sorry, but I don't have a better answer beyond that. Personally I don't believe the body differentiates between carbs and net carbs.
                              Agreed. And just for the record PB utilizes a TOTAL carb count for the carb curve idea....not net.

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