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TOPIC: NET CARBS TOOL, PLEASE!!

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March 16, 2012 8:01 AM
You could program the system so that we can have the net carbs, without having to manually counting?

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Is there a way to set the program so that it tracks NET (effective) carbs, rather than total carbs? Net carbs is equal to total carbs (minus) fibre and (minus) sugar alcohols. Those of us on carb-restricted diets would appreciate this option.

Thank you


100% agree! Those who tried to carry low-carb style, we would greatly aid includes program will calculate the net carbs, which are what really count, since it does not cause great impact on blood glucose. For those who try to control their diabetes, they also would be extremely useful.

Please take this suggestion, your program is excellent, but can continue to improve even more! And if you can bring the system of Net Carbs in both mobile and in the computer, it would be really great. Thank you for paying your prompt attention to this issue.
March 16, 2012 9:05 AM
This request has been made, literally hundreds of times. It's an easy fix. A very easy column to add. Why won't the operators address the issue at least?
March 16, 2012 10:41 AM
Likely becaus this isn't a website/system designed for low carb dieting. Or any other specific kind of diet. It's a food diary, meant to be able to log and track what a person is eating in order to aid them in losing/maintaining/gaining in a controlled and healthy manner.

If you want low carb calculators, or weight watchers points, or any other kind of actual "diet" specific needs then I'm sure there are sites and applications designed for those. But MFP isn't that place. It's a 100% free service meant to work for the mass/general population.

The company I work for has a document that gets sent to about a thousand different vendors. It's made so it prints the same data, the same way, for every vendor. If one or two, or even five, vendors want something added or changed, we can't do it. Because that would enforce the change on every single other vendor that recieves it and doesn't need or want that change.

All I'm saying is that you have to look at the big picture. A dozen people, or even a hundred people, that want something that would cause change for thousands/tens of thousands/however many people use this service, isn't a logical thing to spend valuable coding time on when there are other things that time could be spent doing to benefit larger portions of the users.
March 16, 2012 11:39 AM
Well I disagree, because this is not the main reason is that some low-carb diets do, only to identify the Net Carbs, which are what really count when it comes to the truth. Everyone knows the damage that sugar does. Not being asked to remove any property or nutrient. Simply that the calculation can be automatic, so you do not have to do manual calculations or memory. I think it should be like as fantastic as the tool of the scanner ... That's it.

And sorry, it was only a suggestion, valid for users who we love this site and I'm pretty sure they all have a different diet, not unique. But when discussing the topic of Low-Carb, for many it seems like a madness. Nor is my intention was to create a controversy about it. Thank you!
March 16, 2012 11:41 AM
Edited by cmriverside On March 16, 2012 11:42 AM
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March 22, 2012 4:35 AM
OK, here's the reason I want the tool. Diabetics and prediabetics need to see the carb tools. Type II Diabetes is a national epidemic. In addition, glycemic index is important and is definitely related to eating protein with carbs and what types of carbs. If people were more aware, they may stay away from white bread and things like pastry or opting for multigrain pasta rather than regular.

Yes, this is a wonderful free tool that many doctors are recommending. Why not fine tune it just a little? I'm not talking about carbs minus fiber column, only. When people focus heavily on only calories and not what TYPE of calories, they aren't learning as much as they could. OK, officially off my soapbox.
March 22, 2012 1:26 PM
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OK, here's the reason I want the tool. Diabetics and prediabetics need to see the carb tools. Type II Diabetes is a national epidemic. In addition, glycemic index is important and is definitely related to eating protein with carbs and what types of carbs. If people were more aware, they may stay away from white bread and things like pastry or opting for multigrain pasta rather than regular.

Yes, this is a wonderful free tool that many doctors are recommending. Why not fine tune it just a little? I'm not talking about carbs minus fiber column, only. When people focus heavily on only calories and not what TYPE of calories, they aren't learning as much as they could. OK, officially off my soapbox.


Totally agree. This ONE item is going to make me swithch away from MFP to a tool that does this. Counting NET carbs is a huge ordeal. Probably will pay the $2 for Low Carb Diet assistant since it got a reportedly good DB and track NET carbs.
March 22, 2012 1:31 PM
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Well I disagree, because this is not the main reason is that some low-carb diets do, only to identify the Net Carbs, which are what really count when it comes to the truth. Everyone knows the damage that sugar does. Not being asked to remove any property or nutrient. Simply that the calculation can be automatic, so you do not have to do manual calculations or memory. I think it should be like as fantastic as the tool of the scanner ... That's it.

And sorry, it was only a suggestion, valid for users who we love this site and I'm pretty sure they all have a different diet, not unique. But when discussing the topic of Low-Carb, for many it seems like a madness. Nor is my intention was to create a controversy about it. Thank you!


I don't know can you please elaborate?

And is simple subtraction really all that difficult? I do know low carb dieting can negatively impact cognitive functioning, but it shouldn't impair to the point of not being able to subtract
March 27, 2012 9:01 AM
It is not that subtraction is so hard but there is no way to track the sugar alcohols here and we need a way to see when we are reaching our limits on the go with our mobile apps, too. This is a lifestyle that my doctor put me on to stay away from meds and I NEED to know. There are a lot of us out there :)
March 31, 2012 7:27 AM
Net carb tracking would be enormously helpful!

I'd rather see this as my main number displayed rather than calories. From what I've been reading for a long time and my own experience years ago, tracking calories-in/calories-out doesn't make me thinner, only cranky. Restricting carbs was the only thing that worked, so if I could chose to let net carbs be my main tracking element, or whatever I wanted to monitor at the time whether it was sodium or some other macronutrient, this would be the perfect tool.

If this is already possible, my apologies
Edited by LouLouOrg On March 31, 2012 7:42 AM
April 1, 2012 5:49 PM
Turns out there is a field for Sugars. I thought possibly this was the net carbs, but the math does not work out. Can someone clarify what the Sugars field represents?
April 1, 2012 5:56 PM
I would love and appreciate a Net Carb column also!
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April 16, 2012 1:36 PM
The best option I was able to get is changing the first field to Fat, second to Protein, and third to Carbohydrates and then making a fourth tracking field for Fiber, that way I can just mentally subtract it at the bottom. I don't see why this isn't an option to choose. It wouldn't change anything for anyone else but whomever chose to display it.
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April 17, 2012 11:03 AM
There is a net-carbs userscript available for Chrome and Firefox users that works great! It's the next best thing to having myfitnesspal officially support it.

You can grab it here: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/124645

Note: you must have Fat, Protein, Carbs, and Fiber columns shown for it to work.
April 17, 2012 11:28 AM
MFP is a great tool, learn to use it. You have to work hard at repairing the years of abuse in feeding our bodies the wrong food, drink and foreign substances. Everybody is different. Learn what you can eat and do the math to arrive at net carbs if that is what is more important to you.
I still try to determine what the numbers mean. Don't kid yourself, keep track of every little thing you eat, they all add up at the end of a day...The scale and how you feel is the only answer!
April 17, 2012 11:54 AM
That's nice. Could you pull up your pants please.
May 2, 2012 8:09 AM
That script works great. Now if only we could get them to add Sugar Alcohols as a field for tracking...
Edited by rsissons On May 2, 2012 8:09 AM
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May 2, 2012 8:09 AM
That script works great. Now if only we could get them to add Sugar Alcohols as a field for tracking...
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May 10, 2012 8:39 AM
QUOTE:

There is a net-carbs userscript available for Chrome and Firefox users that works great! It's the next best thing to having myfitnesspal officially support it.

You can grab it here: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/124645

Note: you must have Fat, Protein, Carbs, and Fiber columns shown for it to work.



THANK YOU!!! I just found this today and love it!
May 14, 2012 1:54 PM
I would also use a net carbs tool. Trying to balance healthy eating of veggies and fruits while balancing sugar and carbs and fiber, it would really be helpful. Thanks
May 14, 2012 2:02 PM
Actually, just adding a sugar alcohols field to the nutrition data would work. I think that little addition would fix a lot of the issues folks are having monitoring their carb intake. It would also eliminate the need for duplicate food items in the database (Food 1, Food 1 (sugar alcohols removed), Food 1 - net carbs....).

I added the fiber column to my tracker then I can just mentally subtract the fiber from carbs to see my net carbs.

thanks!
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May 14, 2012 2:03 PM
"There is a net-carbs userscript available for Chrome and Firefox users that works great! It's the next best thing to having myfitnesspal officially support it.

You can grab it here: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/124645

Note: you must have Fat, Protein, Carbs, and Fiber columns shown for it to work. "


This works.
This works and adds Net Carbs column.
You must have Fat, Protein, Carbs and Fiber columns for it to work.
Using Firefox, I did have to download GreaseMonkey, but then it installed and works great.!
Edited by Turnerexpo On May 14, 2012 2:03 PM
May 14, 2012 8:31 PM
If there are hundreds of users needing net carbs now, in a year there will be thousands. Easy fix to add a column on a couple of reports...
Edited by JCCordes On May 14, 2012 8:33 PM
May 14, 2012 9:01 PM
You may already be doing this - but I've added 2 nutrients for MFP tracking - sugar and fibre. It counts those 2 nutrient columns for me - and I can deduct the fibre and sugar column totals from the carb column myself :)
May 15, 2012 5:19 AM
We don't really NEED a column for net carbs (it would be nice, but not necessary since you can add the fiber column) What IS needed is a field for Sugar Alcohols in the nutritional data for each food item. That is what throws off the carb numbers in the final count.

PLEASE add a field for sugar alcohols in the nutritional data! PLEASE :)
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