Author Topic: When counting carbs do you subtract insoluble or soluble fiber or both?  (Read 9765 times)

Offline smw10c

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I just had 7 servings of flax meal and it says 4 carbs and 4 fiber, which I thought meant 0 net carbs. But then I looked and it says 3 insoluble fiber and 1 soluble. Is it still 0 net carbs or did I just take in a whole bunch of unnecessary carbs. Please help I'm freaking out!

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Why are you eating flax meal? Why are you trying to precisely monitor in this way?

Calm down and walk away from the tables. Charting stuff in this way is a seriously bad place to get into. It doesn't matter how many tables and charts you use, they will only be a rough guide because you are not a little robot - you are a person with a complex metabolism which operates under a LOT of variables. Even your mood will change how you metabolise foodstuffs.

I know you have to monitor a thyroid problem, but I strongly advise you to learn how to eat according to your body's signals and not from food charts. You cannot realistically measure with that much precision. Food charts are only a guide. Foods grown in different areas have different measurements (which is why food charts from different countries are not suitable) but even within countries there is variation due to soils, climates and varieties.

Just eat properly, work out and get adequate sleep.
« Last Edit: July 06, 2011, 02:09:21 PM by avelin »


Offline smw10c

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That has nothing to do with the carb answer. I do count religiously because I work better like that. I just didn't want to ruin my carb count of the day. I do flax meal because I need a flour substitute that's in low carbs

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Why do you need a flour substitute? It's the wrong approach.

Use something like fitday if you are American. Net carbs comes from the low carb movements and specifically Atkins and it's another way of trying to manipulate the system.

I'm from Australia and we don't use those measurements.

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Google your question.


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I just had 7 servings of flax meal and it says 4 carbs and 4 fiber, which I thought meant 0 net carbs. But then I looked and it says 3 insoluble fiber and 1 soluble. Is it still 0 net carbs or did I just take in a whole bunch of unnecessary carbs. Please help I'm freaking out!

Flax meal is not paleo.

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Flour substitutes in general are not Paleo.  "Maybe" an "occasional" baked good using nut flour but even that is not Paleo or even good for you for the most part.

Offline smw10c

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didn't realize:( but anyways DOES ANYONE KNOW IF YOU SUBTRACT INSOLUBLE, SOLUBLE, OR BOTH FROM THE CARBS!

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I copy and pasted "SUBTRACT INSOLUBLE, SOLUBLE, OR BOTH FROM THE CARBS"
http://forum.lowcarber.org/showthread.php?t=131615

I always just counted carbs and didnt subtract anything so i got the biggest number when i was counting stuff. I think its fine to count a but as you get into the paleo habit just to get your bearings, but it should be a very temporary thing.

Paleo is a simple list of food to eat and not eat but at its deeper levels is is more about mimicking paleolithic poeple as closely as is possible(within reason). They ate when hungry, slept when tired/dark, did short burst of exercise but not really all that much. And most importantly perhaps is that their diet was a "low carb" high fat one. And i dont mean they were working to keep the carbs low, they just didnt have any high carb stuff around to eat very often.

Eat until full, pick up heavy stuff, sleep when tired. The lower carb you are the more belly muscles will poke out.

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I think the reason this doesn't really come up in Paleo circles is because the whole soluble/insoluble fiber issue in relation to carbohydrates is generally associated with the consumption of grains, which we don't eat. I've never heard of counting the type of fiber against the carbs in fruits or vegetables, which, of course, is where we get almost all of our carbohydrates. It's kind of irrelevant if you are truly eating Paleo.

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smw10c - I guess this is the wrong question be get the right answer here.  We mostly don't care to count anything and mostly we don't eat many carbs so there is not point to the question for us.  It seems to me that your are STUCK in the old paradigm sold to everyone about the food content and to count calories, carbs, fat and other such nonsense.  So if we seem to be not answering the question, maybe you aren't hearing our answer...

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I wouldn't have a clue, all I know is flax meal isn't paleo. If you want answers to questions like that, you'd be better off asking on a low-carb forum.

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flax meal btw would be paleo because it is a seed that is grinded...

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Just like wheat??    :o

Offline Warren Dew

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flax meal btw would be paleo because it is a seed that is grinded...

You mean, kind of like wheat flour or corn meal?  No, I don't think that makes it paleo.