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Myth 8 Calories from fiber don’t count

Most of us are probably familiar by now with the term “net carbs.” It was popularized by food companies during the Atkins craze to describe the total amount of carbs in a food after the quantity of fiber and sugar alcohols have been removed. The concept behind this is that not all carbs are equal in the way they affect the body (see Myth 5). Fiber and sugar alcohols are thought to have a minimal impact on blood sugar levels and are therefore subtracted from the total number of carbohydrates.

But there is one thing that sugar alcohols and fiber still contribute to: your overall calorie count! My guess is that if you’re trying to minimize your carb intake, your goal is to lose weight. Unfortunately, counting net carbs and excluding the rest is going to give you an inaccurate total, and perhaps impact your results.

Most things in life don’t come free, and this includes carbs. For best results, count all carbs toward your daily intake. And if you’re going to consider anything “free,” don’t choose something that comes with a nutrition label. Make it a leafy green vegetable!

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