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March 2004 Issue

The New Math: “Net Carbs” Take Front and Center on Food Labels

Q. I’ve been seeing “Net Carbs” on all sorts of food labels and in ads. What does that phrase mean? A. “Net carbs” is a term coined by the late diet guru Dr. Robert Atkins to highlight foods that have less impact on blood sugar. Seemingly overnight, hundreds of products, from bread and chips to milk and chocolate—even health food store brands like Health Valley—have jumped on the “net carb” bandwagon.

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