Do Sugar Alcohols Interfere With Ketosis?

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Low Carb Mistakes – Net Carbs – Part 1 – Sugar Alcohols

Ok. So a lot of low carbers use a formula called “Net Carbs.” What is “net carbs” and should we count “net carbs” or total carbs? Net carbs is calculated by taking total carbs, then deducting fiber. Some also deduct sugar alcohols. Is this practice a good idea? First of all, let’s just say that those who follow a ketogenic lifestyle should probably not deduct any carbs if you wish to stay in ketosis. What about those not necessarily maintaining ketosis, should they deduct fiber and sugar alcohols from the total carb count? Depends on a few things. In Part 2 (HERE), we will discuss fiber. For now, let’s discuss sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are NOT created equally. There is a huge range in their glycemic impacts. The best way to know how they affect you PERSONALLY is to check your blood sugar. However, as a point of reference, here is a table showing the different glycemic indexes of the various sugar alcohols. Keep in mind that table sugar ranks about 65 on the glycemic index. Unfortunately, if you have seen weight loss stalls or blood sugar spikes with pre-packaged “low carb” or “sugar free” goodies from the store, it is probably because most “sugar free Continue reading >>

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  1. serrelind

    > Does sugar alcohol kick you out of ketosis?

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  2. Dustin

    It doesn't effect my ketosis.

  3. Paradox

    i think (and others may correct me if i'm wrong) that sugar alcohol is like regular alcohol in that even though it doesn't prevent weight loss, it slows it, because while it is available in your body, your body will burn it for fuel instead of your fat stores. but don't take that as gospel (its not as if i'm Nat or something! *wink*)

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