Reducing Net Carbs with Fiber Supplement. Is it possible?

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Blackeyes24

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 09:41
Does anyone know if I added some benefiber to my yogurt if it would reduce the net carbs (carbs minus fiber=net carbs) the same way it does when there is naturally occuring fiber in the food? I'm calorie counting and concentrating on increasing my protein and reducing (not eliminating) my carbs. This seems like it would work but I dont know enough about it to be sure. Confused
liv001

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 09:57
No
There is no way to reduce carbs like that
If you add something that has fiber it automatically has carbs - because fiber is carbs - so it only cancels itself out.
ghechr

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 10:18
No. Let's say your yogurt has 15g carbs and 0g fiber. You add benefiber, which is 10g carbs, 5 of which is fiber. So what you're eating has 25g carbs and 5g fiber for a net carb of 20g. If you didn't add the benefiber, you'd have 15g carbs, 0g fiber. (I just made up these numbers but you get the idea.)
mrspackrat

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 11:55
I agree with ghechr---you can reduce your carbs with fiber (which is your net carbs). My yogurt has 18g of carbs, 1 serving of my powder supplement has 4g of carbs, 3 of which are fiber. Total carbs is 22g but net carbs is 19g (22-3).
eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 13:11
The issue is that even plain yogurt is a high carb food. The individual servings in the sugar-sweetened varieties have as much sugar as dessert.

Buy plain yogurt and wean yourself off the sweetening a little bit each day. Or eat smaller portions. Half a serving will only have half the carbs. Eat it with an egg.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 13:33
Yogurt was just the example, you can use fiber to reduce carbs from vegetables. I think the poster was just wanting to know if fiber will help get to a lower net carb which is yes.
eKatherine

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 13:41
mrspackrat wrote:
Yogurt was just the example, you can use fiber to reduce carbs from vegetables. I think the poster was just wanting to know if fiber will help get to a lower net carb which is yes.


Adding fiber to your diet will not reduce your net carbs, even in your own example.

18 grams of net carbs plus 1 gram from your supplement = 19 grams of net carbs. The arithmetic still works.
ghechr

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Posted: 19 Feb 2013, 16:30
mrspackrat wrote:
Yogurt was just the example, you can use fiber to reduce carbs from vegetables. I think the poster was just wanting to know if fiber will help get to a lower net carb which is yes.


No, it won't. Whenever you add fiber to something, you are adding carbohydrates to it. So if you add 10g fiber to, let's say, water, you are increasing the carbohydrates in the water from 0g to 10g. Assuming every gram is fiber (often it is not with a fiber supplement so be careful) you get 10g - 10g = zero, which is the original amount of carbs in the item you added the fiber too.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 20 Feb 2013, 08:30
To clarify, NO you cannot reduce NET carbs, my example was to show how to reduce total carbs to get NET carbs. I believe the poster used the wrong term but maybe she didn't.

The Net Carb number reflects the grams of carbohydrate that significantly impacts your blood sugar level. Yes, fiber has carbs but for some of us, we are just concentrating on net carbs (total carbs - fiber). In the water/fiber supplement example, my water - 0 carbs, fiber supplement 4g carbs - total carbs 4g. Fiber is 3g carbs so my NET carbs = 1g vs the original 4g of carbs.
ebivr

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Posted: 20 Feb 2013, 08:57
The carb reduces because it's taking away the fibre not because it's taking away the net carbs. The net carbs ALWAYS remain the same. Total carbs is just net carbs + fibre. While net carbs is just carbs WITHOUT fibre. If you add fibre you are increasing your total carbs but you're net carbs still remain the same.

Net carbs is sugar & starch, you still have the same amount of sugar & starch in the food regardless of whether you have fibre in it or not.


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