Why Doesn’t IP Subtract Sugar Alcohols When Calculating Net Carbs?

If you are following the Ideal Protein diet or any low-carb diet, you may have noticed that sugar alcohols are not subtracted when calculating net carbs. This can be confusing for some people who are trying to monitor their carb intake and stay on track with their weight loss goals. In this post, we will explain why the Ideal Protein diet doesn't subtract sugar alcohols when calculating net carbs. Ideal Body Weight Loss helps those looking to lose weight by providing them the Ideal Protein Protocol at our locations in Hagerstown and Chambersburg. Learn more below, and schedule your free consultation today!


The Calculation of Net Carbs: The Fiber Factor

Ideal Protein follows conservative guidelines to ensure client success on the Protocol. To calculate net carbs, IP only subtracts the grams of fiber from the total grams of carbohydrates. Fiber is a carbohydrate that cannot be broken down into sugar and passes through the body undigested. Fiber may also help reduce blood sugar variability and increase the feeling of fullness.


The Calculation of Net Carbs: The Sugar Alcohol Factor

This is not the case for sugar alcohols, which are also carbohydrates. Sugar alcohols are not as sweet as sugar, have less calories per gram compared to sugar, and are only partially digested. However, not all have the same caloric or glycemic values creating a varying impact on insulin, which is the purpose of determining net carbs.


Our Reasonings

Currently, there is no legal rule for net carb claims by food manufacturers, resulting in product calculations that differ and are misleading. This is often due to subtracting all the sugar alcohols. For Protocol success, IP does not subtract sugar alcohols when calculating net carbs.

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