The Terms Sugar-Free, No Sugar Added, Low Carb, Net Effective Carb Grams are MEANINGLESS

Last week, I sent a message to my Facebook Group (Metabolism Miracle New Group) about my findings at Rita’s Italian Ice opening day.  A small “Sugar Free Italian Ice” actually contained 45 grams of net carb while a large “Sugar Free Italian Ice” contains an average of 97 grams of net carb!!!!!!!!

Holy Moly.  People are choosing sugar free ices believing that they are carb free.  Can you imagine someone with diabetes (such a myself) who orders a large sugar free Italian Ice on a hot summer day will slam their blood sugar with almost 100 grams of carb! 

Rita’s is not the only company using the term Sugar Free to entice sales.  I’m sure you’ve all seen sugar free cookies, pies, cakes, danishes, candy, chocolates and quite possibly, before you really learned how to read a food label correctly, bought these products thinking you were doing a good thing for your body and diet.

Truth be known, the only thing Sugar Free or No Sugar Added means is that the manufacturer didn’t add TABLE SUGAR or sucrose to their product.  They can sweeten that product with anything other than sucrose and call it sugar free.  That includes using dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, etc.  All these sweeteners turn to blood sugar and cause insulin to flood.  Weight gain to anyone with MM!

The FDA has delineated what “low fat, fat free, and reduced fat” means by stipulating the grams of fat that make a food fit into a particular category.  The FDA has not clarified anything on carbohydrate.

It is like the Wild West out there.  Buyer Beware.  This is what the millions of people with uncontrolled insulin, Metabolism B, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes, type 2 diabetes need to focus on:

Total carb grams – dietary fiber grams = net carb grams.  This is the real deal!

Manufacturers know that many people look at Sugar grams on Nutrition Facts.  They keep the sugar grams low by using less and less sucrose and more and more alternate carbs. Because the FDA has not taken a stand, these companies then make up terms like “net effective carbs” and subtract things like sugar alcohol or glycerin from the total carb grams and show us a totally bogus number.

Don’t be duped! 

Sugar free = meaningless

Carb free = meaningless

No sugar added = meaningless

 Net effective carb grams = meaningless


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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One Response to The Terms Sugar-Free, No Sugar Added, Low Carb, Net Effective Carb Grams are MEANINGLESS

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