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.
June 13, 2005
Meal Planning, Food and Diet
Question from Blacksburg, Virginia, USA:
Two questions that arose in our recent support group meeting: If you can subtract fiber from total carbohydrate grams per serving when the fiber amount is greater than 5 grams, why can't you subtract the grams of fiber if the amount is less than 5 grams? Carbonation in various soda drinks has been publicized as causing fat retention and promoting weight gain. Is that actually true?
You ask two good questions:
The reason for the minimum of 5 grams of fiber before you can subtract it from the total carbohydrate is that the food must be a substantial source of fiber, defined as 5 grams or more, before you will see an impact on blood sugars.
I know of no clinical or scientific evidence proving carbonation to cause fat retention and promote weight gain. On the other hand, a majority of regular sodas are high in empty calories and over-consumption can contribute to weight gain.