New carb labeling needed
Carb labeling – phantom carbohydrates
You ever look at those “zero calorie” sports drinks like Vitamin Water Zero, Sobe, etc.?
They claim zero calories – yet still list some carbohydrates. 1 gram, 4 grams, sometimes up to 8 grams of carbs.
If a carbohydrate is 4 grams of caloric energy how can the drink be “zero calorie?”
It’s all about sugar alcohols
Like fiber – sugar alcohols, such as erythritol, maltitol, sorbitol, and xylitol are also considered carbohydrates, and like fiber, are included in the total carbohydrates on the label. (It’s easy to spot them in ingredient lists because they almost all end with –ol.) However, sugar alcohols don’t provide four calories per gram. For example, erythritol contains less than a half a calorie per gram; some of the others have up to 3. In any case, a food sweetened with sugar alcohols will contain fewer than four calories per gram of carbohydrate.
Figuring out real carb content shouldn’t require MATH
The whole “net carb” debacle has been going on WAY too long. For you to have to look at the label – and subtract things like fiber and sugar alcohols from the total carbohydrates to get to “net carbs” is annoying.
Time for a change.
If they’re either indigestible or don’t have the same effect on the body as a real carbohydrate has – why call them carbohydrates at all?
Both fiber and sugar alcohols should be listed separately – but should NOT be added to the total carbohydrate count.
Why? Because math is hard.