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Carb counting & fiber

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I am new to this forum - I am a type 1 diabetic & I need help with a carb - fiber counting issue - I have a recipe that calls for a head of cauliflower so I am trying to determine if I need to subtract the fiber count from the carbs to come up with an actual carb amount for my insulin intake.  Say I use a large head of cauliflower for 44 carbs but it has 21 grams of fiber what would you decide the carb count would be?  thanks!

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People have different ways of doing this.  I subtract the fibre from the total and go with the net carbs.

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The CDE I used to deal with taught me to subtract the fiber only if it was 5 grams or more.  Everyone is different in their opinions on this aspect.

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I too subtract the fiber but I'm not on insulin so as long as my readings are Ok I'm good. It may be different if you need to be accurate for insulin intake. I'd wait for an answer from someone who takes insulin

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Start by subtracting all fiber and be sure to check your BG at 2 and 4 hours to see if you got enough insulin.

 

If you need more insulin try subtracting 1/2 the fiber and check.

 

You may not actually get away with subtracting any fiber.

 

The key is to TEST and see what works for you.  But start with the smallest Insulin dose to avoid lows.

 

The popular phrase is "Eat to your meter!"  We are ALL different.

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I have never heard of subtracting the fibre so maybe it is uncommon?

I have been through extensive stuff with the dietician before switching to a pump & have never heard of this.

It sounds too complicated. there is enough to work out as it is. For me, fat will have more effect than fibre - although in the opposite direction.

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Those who subtract the fiber go by the net carb count.  Otherwise, you don't subtract the fiber.  There are many camps on this.

 

If I'm making a new recipe, I put all the ingredients in a recipe analyzer and see what the carb count is per serving.  Usually, those type of analyzers don't subtract the fiber unless you specifically list it somehow.

 

Ailsa, yes, it does sound complicated when I try to explain it :D

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