Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
September 29, 2003
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Gloucester Township, New Jersey, USA:
There are several low carb products out there that have a total carb count, e.g., 14 grams, but then it will say "Net Impact: Carbs 2 grams." Only 2 grams should affect blood sugar levels." My son's dietitian recommends not using the net carb number, but cutting the total carb number in half. I have seen different effects on blood sugar when doing this. Sometimes there will hardly be any increase and other times there will be quite an increase. Is there a general rule of thumb?
This is a good question, and one I am not sure of the answer to. I believe that the manufacturers decide on a number based on several things (total carb, fiber, glycemic index, or load), but I have no idea how they arrive at the figure. I believe you will have to just experiment and see what effect it has individually. Usually these products are manufactured for people on very restrictive carbohydrate diets.