The Importance of Fiber
Aim for 25 – 35 grams of fiber per day!
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Fiber and Carbohydrate Counting
When counting carbohydrates, fiber requires special consideration. Remember, in general, 100% of carbohydrate turns into blood sugar. When fiber is eaten, only half (½ ) the grams turn into blood sugar.
Recall that on the nutrition facts label the grams of fiber are included in the total carbohydrate value listed. When counting carbohydrates, subtract half (½ ) the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate grams as demonstrated below.
Fiber and sugar are part of the total carbohdyrate gram amount listed. Subtract half the grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate amount:
15 grams total carbohydrate (total carbohydrates)
- 2 grams fiber (½ of the total fiber)
= 13 grams of total carbohydrate will affect your blood sugar