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    carbohydrates that aren't fiber or sugar

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    a particular nutrition label claims its product contains 18 g carbohydrates per 1/2 cup serving, but no fiber and only 2 g sugar. how is this possible? the ingredients (in no particular order) are creme fraiche, mushrooms, onion powder, rice flour, and rice starch.

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    I believe that the carbohydrates listed as Sugar on nutrition labels are actually added sugar.

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    I believe it's starch. The sugar listed is all sugar, not just added.

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    There are more types of carbs then just fiber and sugar. There is also starch, which is what the carbs are in that. Think potatoes, white rice... all starchy, but not a lot of sugar or fiber.
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    glucose!

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    ah, so it's not low carb. bummer.

    i had assumed that sugar and starch would be included in "sugar."

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    starch isn't sugar... but glad you cleared it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by grokka View Post
    glucose!
    Yeah. That would be called 'sugar'!

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    Starch is sugar

    Quote Originally Posted by grokka View Post
    starch isn't sugar... but glad you cleared it up
    Saying starch is not sugar is like saying a brick wall is not bricks. Starch is simply multiple molecules of glucose that are loosely bound together. Starch is rapidly broken into glucose in the gut before it is absorbed. So for dietary purposes, starch is sugar that has a slight delay in absorption. For food labeling purposes only monosaccharides (single molecules of sugar) and disaccharides (two molecules of sugar bound together) are considered sugars. So in this case, the other carbohydrates are primarily polymers of sugar (3 or more sugar molecules weakly bound together) that are converted to simple sugars in the gut.

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    Good answer, justjoem. That explanation should help those not in the know better understand why here in the forums, low-carbers will put them in the same category...
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