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NET CARBS: this is an Atkins term and refers to the carbohydrates that can be digested and processed by the body as dietary carbohydrate and therefore directly impact on blood sugar. To calculate "net carbs" subtract the figure for polyols and glycerine from the total for carbohydrates. For US products, or products designed for the US market, also subtract the figure for fibre. It is only the "net carbs" that concern Atkins dieters. On the Avidlite website we have done the calculations for you.

SUGAR ALCOHOLS: Also known as POLYOLS. Polyols have many of the characteristics of carbohydrates such as bulking and sweetening, but provide fewer calories, and do not impact blood glucose as sugar does. Better examples of polyols are maltitol, xylitol, and isomalt. These natural sweeteners have a potential drawback of producing laxative effects in some people when eaten in excess.

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