The total carbs vs. the net carbs works like this:
Anything over 5 gm. fiber you may subtract the fiber grams from the carb grams
Carbohydrates = 38 gm
total fiber = 7 gm
The net carb contained for your counting purpose would be 38 minus 7 for a total of 31 net carbs. (this is about
two servings of carb) For that meal you would count 31 gm carb for that item.
Other things will affect the carbohydrate absorption as well. Fats slow down stomach emptying time and delay or even out spikes in your blood sugar. You should always have some kind of monounsaturated fat with each meal. (peanut butter, olive oil, avocado, nuts, olives)
Metformin will help stop absorption of some carbs and this is why "If you overdo you go pooh!" The diarrhea side effect of metformin is most pronounced if you are eating too many carbohydrates. If you are having this problem you should examine your food plan and cut back on carbs, especially grains and grain products except for oats. HOpe this helps.
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Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 8/17/2007 12:03:26 PM (GMT-6)