Reduced carb bread? Low carb
beer? Please. What is that? If
you're following a low carb plan
you'll do yourself a huge favor
by staying far away from these
products. It didn't work with
"low fat" products,
and it won't work with low carb
Not Low Carb
So called "low carb"
products are not low carb at all.
It's just more fun and games with
labeling. How do they do it? Read
the nutrition label and you'll
see they've added artificial
sweeteners (which effectively
reduces the carbs), and then
reduced the serving size to
ridiculously small amounts, thus
keeping the carbohydrate count
low. Since no one eats those suggested
serving sizes, usually eating
the entire package instead, you're
getting far more carbs and calories
than you may realize.
This is what went so horribly
wrong with low fat products. People
rushed to eat them, innocently
believing that low fat meant calorie
free. They didn't read the labels
which showed the products were
usually the same amount of calories
- sometimes even more - and they
also ate more of the reduced fat
version since, after all, it was
low fat, right? No wonder obesity
rates keep climbing. Now the low
fat diet is being blamed, when
in actuality it is the labeling
laws which should be in question.
Why are companies allowed to
mislead the public in this way?
Four small cookies is not four
servings. It is one serving. If
products were labeled in amounts
more closely resembling what we
are actually eating, then we'd
get a better idea of what's going
The Low Carb
Check this nutritional label
for a "low carb" cookie.
The ad states: "These cookies
will satisfy your sweet tooth."
A serving is one cookie. One cookie
weighs 28 grams (just under one
ounce). Who exactly would be satisfied
with that? Would you?
Here is their actual nutrition
Chocolate Chip Nutrition Facts:
- Servings per container 4
- Serving Size 1 cookie (28g)
- Calories 140
- Calories from Fat 90
- Total Fat 10g
- Saturated Fat 4g
- Cholesterol 25mg
- Sodium 40mg
- Total Carbohydrate 11g*
- Dietary Fiber 1g*
- Sugars <1g
- Sugar Alcohols 8g*
- Protein 4g
Ingredients: Almond flour, butter,
sugar free chocolate chips (mannitol,
cocoa butter, milk powder, cocoa
mass, vegetable fat, lecithin
and vanilla flavors), maltitol,
eggs, wheat protein, oat flour,
vanilla, guar gum, sucralose,
*Net Impact Carbs = 2 grams per
I'm not even sure what this is
suppose to mean? Net impact carbs?
Are they claiming the other 9
grams of carbs have no impact?
If I'm confused, so are probably
millions of other people. Someone
What are Net
Okay, I found the answer and
it's a doozy. They calculate"net
carbs" by subtracting fiber grams
from the total carb grams. For
example, if there are two grams
of fiber, and 10 grams of total
carbs, you'd end up with eight
grams of net carbs. That would
be okay, but they take it a wee
bit further in the products they
market, suddenly coming up with
a magical figure for Polydextrose/Fiber
and Glycerin, and effectively
reducing a product from 22 grams
of carbs to 2 net carbs. Wow,
Wouldn't you be more likely to eat the entire package? Unless they taste like cardboard, I'd be willing to bet anyone would.
If that "net carbs" phrase is meaningless, which I
suspect it is, it seems to me you've just had 44 grams of carbs, which is double the allowable amount for the entire day in the
early period of the Atkins Diet.
Not exactly Atkins Diet worthy,
yet, this product is advertised
as a good product for those on
the Atkins Diet.
If you ate all four cookies you'd
be gulping down 560 calories worth of crap. No nutritional value, just a huge amount of calories
for not much in deliciousness in exchange. No thanks.
How Do They Reduce the Carbs?
In the ingredients they list three types of sweetener: mannitol, maltitol, and sucralose. Here's the skinny on these sweeteners:
Mannitol: Not quite as sweet as sugar and poorly absorbed
by the body. It contributes only half as many calories as sugar.
Commonly used as the "dust"
on chewing gum, as it prevents gum from absorbing moisture and
Maltitol: Made by the
hydrogenation of maltose which
is obtained from starch. May produce
a laxative effect when consumed
at very high levels.
Sucralose: Also known
as Splenda. An artificial sweetener
which is a
chlorinated sucrose derivative.
Pre-approval research showed that
sucralose caused shrunken thymus
glands (up to 40% shrinkage) and
enlarged liver and kidneys, which
the manufacturer disputes blaming
the high amounts given to laboratory
animals (that's the point of testing,
but guess the manufacturer doesn't
Skip Low Carb
Products and You'll be Better
My advice: Skip the "low
carb" versions. If you want
a cookie, eat a cookie. Go to
a good bakery and just buy one,
two, or three cookies. You're
more likely to be satisfied with
one "real" cookie than
a whole box full of the fake.
Low carb, low fat, any modified
version is best avoided, and you
can take that to the bank.
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