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  • Total Carbohydrates Composition Question

    Hey All,

    I have this question I can't seem to find an answer to anywhere online. Should I be looking at total carbohydrates and not sugar when gauging my carbs intakes? What I mean is I often find food labels not adding up for me.

    Here's an example:
    Total Carbs: 3g
    Dietary Fiber: 1g
    Sugar: 0g

    I guess what I really want to know is: What are those other carbohydrates besides dietary fiber and sugar? So in my example above, what are those other 2 grams of carbohydrates? We can assume that even if 0g of sugar is rounded (so there's actually .3g sugar) it's not being factored into total carbs, right?

    (N.B. This is not a net carb question where net carb = total - dietary fiber)

    Hope I make sense. Thank you to anyone who responds; and, sorry if this has been asked before.

  • #2
    starch - glucose. so the example you provided is 2 grams of glucose, 1 gram of fiber. no sucrose.

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    • #3
      FFS eat real food...lots of meat...double the veg and dont count because it wont matter
      Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
      PS
      Don't forget to play!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jakey View Post
        starch - glucose. so the example you provided is 2 grams of glucose, 1 gram of fiber. no sucrose.
        That's right. Fructose like glucose wouldn't fall under the "sugar" category also right? Thanks for the clarification jakey.


        Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
        FFS eat real food...lots of meat...double the veg and dont count because it wont matter
        I do and consequently live a healthy-happy lifestyle. I just like to be well informed.

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        • #5
          If I understand the labels right, the “left over” is NOT glucose or fructose.

          The FDA defines "Sugars" as the "sum of all free mono- and disaccharides (such as glucose, fructose, lactose, and sucrose)."

          Thus Total Carbs will include:
          "Fiber" + "Sugars" + "Starches" (longer chain saccharides)

          Thus in the OP's example,
          1 Gram of fiber
          O Grams of fuctose, glucose, sucrose, lactose, etc.

          Total of 3 – the 1 above leaves:
          2 Grams of "Starch" (polysaccharides)
          SW = 290, PSW = 290, CW = 228, UGW = 194
          6'2" Male, Early 50's

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          • #6
            Alcohol is another "sugar". Mark I believe goes for total carbs, sugar and fiber combined, in his recommendations. But I agree that it's not really necessary to count the carbs in non-starchy veggies at all and if you just base your diet on meat and veggies you'll be plenty healthy.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #7
              I do not count carbs from non-starchy veggies such as spinach, broccoli, etc. I just count my sweet potatoes and fruit.

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              • #8
                I understand what I was overlooking now. Thank you everyone for your replies.

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