How to Count Net Carbs

How to Count Net Carbs

I do not understand the net carb calculation. If I subtract fiber from total carbs on the Balance bars(low Carb) i do not get 2 net carbs. Is there more to the equation? What do I do about the sugar alcohols? Do I subtract them from the total carbs? Michael. [via Ask Questions]

If you do not understand how to count net carbs, take a look at How to Calculate Net Carbs post, you might find it useful.

To answer your question, you do not need to count sugar alcohols and fiber, and yes, you need to subtract them from the total carbohydrate count. For example, the chocolate peanut butter Balance bar contains the total of 22 grams of carbohydrates.

What they show on the label is correct. 22 – 1 – 19 = 2. In other words, 22 grams of total carbs – 1 gram of fiber – 19 grams of sugar alcohol = 2 grams of net carbs.

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3 Responses to “How to Count Net Carbs”

  1. Fat Man Says:

    I thought i knew how to read this. Guess I was wrong.


  2. Monty Gaither Says:

    I am diabetic and about 5 yrs ago I went to a class for diabetics and the nutrionalist told me that net carbs = total carbs – dietary fiber – (sugar alcohol / 2). Atkins Caramel Double Chocolate Crunch Bar states that it has Total Carbs of 22g, Dietary fiber of 11 g, Sugar 1 g, and Sugar alcohol of 1 g. Even using your formula of N = t – f – sa the result should be N=10 g. Yet the box and the wrapper state Net Carbs of 3 g. What happened to the other 7 g of Net Carbs?


  3. Tina Says:

    Monty, I think you read that wrong. The total carbs are 22 grams, fiber is 11 grams and sugar alcohols are 7 grams. The total net carbs you’re left with is 4. I hope this helps and as a health care professional, I wish you nothing but the best!


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