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    carbs VS net carbs

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    I count my whole carbs, but in many online communities they talk about net carbs. how do they figure what net carbs are and how they affect the body? I can't figure out the science behind that, it seems like a way for them to eat more junk without the guilt LOL! Any one care to explain?

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    "Net carbs" was invented by Dr. Atkins. His logic: fiber isn't digested, so it doesn't count - only count the carbs that actually get into your bloodstream that might spike your insulin levels. So subtract fiber carbs from total carbs, and you get "net" carbs - the digestible ones.

    I think it's kind of a clunky way to do it, but that's where it came from. His recommendation of 20 net carbs/day is roughly equivalent to Mark's 50 total carbs/day if you're eating a fair amount of non-starchy veggies (like your big-ass salad, for example).
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    It is definitely a way to eat more without guilt. I look at net carbs when I am trying to justify some cheats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Griff View Post
    "Net carbs" was invented by Dr. Atkins. His logic: fiber isn't digested, so it doesn't count - only count the carbs that actually get into your bloodstream that might spike your insulin levels. So subtract fiber carbs from total carbs, and you get "net" carbs - the digestible ones.

    I think it's kind of a clunky way to do it, but that's where it came from. His recommendation of 20 net carbs/day is roughly equivalent to Mark's 50 total carbs/day if you're eating a fair amount of non-starchy veggies (like your big-ass salad, for example).
    Yeah! Never saw it that way.
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