Ah the new year! A time to re-commit to exercise and diet goals and for all of us with diabetes, getting or keeping that A1c low. And after all the amazing meals between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, I’m finding it a little hard to get back on the bandwagon. There were so many reasons to enjoy so many delicious foods for a while there, but now, alas, it’s time to buckle down and make food choices that can help me continue to strive for an A1c under 7%. Which leads me to this question: Can net carbs really be trusted?
Net carbs are supposedly the amount of carbs that will actually hit your system after subtracting the grams of fiber from a total carb count of a food. Many so-called “diabetes friendly” foods make this claim, but I’ve been burned by it too many times in the past. Most notably in my mind with a brand of pasta called “Dreamfields” which claims to only have about five grams of carbohydrates after deducting the fiber from the total count. This, in summary, did not work for me, and I ended up taking as much insulin as I would have for normal pasta.
But the net carb claim isn’t going away, and some folks even apply it to high-fiber fruits and vegetables. I haven’t had consistent experience with it and in fact, it makes bolusing more complicated because it can often lead to some, but not all of the carbs hitting me, and me not being able to predict how much that will be. Somewhere between the total carb count and the net carb count, I guess.
Are there any of you that follow the net carbs rules in a hard and fast manner that you have found to be effective? Or is this one rule to ditch in 2014?