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    Is coconut flour zero carb?

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    Quote 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.
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