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A slice of regular "diet" bread typically has 50 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates.
The flip side of "low-carb"
From eNews, April 29, 2004
If you're enthused about "low-carb" foods, here are a few things to ponder. "These products are not significantly more nutritious, do not always contain less calories than many regular foods, and they cost more," says Marla Reicks, a nutritionist with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Read more
Reicks says that if you replace carbohydrates with protein, you still have just as many calories--protein has as many calories as carbohydrates on a gram-per-gram basis, while fat has more than twice as many calories. Reicks offers these examples:
- A slice of low-carb Atkins bread has 60 calories and eight grams of total carbs, though it claims to have only three "net impact" carbs. A slice of regular "diet" bread typically has 50 calories and 10 grams of carbs.
- A one-ounce low-carb chocolate bar has 155 calories and 12 grams of fat, but no sugar; and it claims to have only one "net impact" carb. A regular bar has 150 calories and 10 grams of fat.