Given a previous conversation about this cereal, I wrote to Kellogs through their web page, and received this reply, regarding the listing on the box of “other carbs” and what them mean. Thought it would be good to share it. Knowledge is a good thing.
FWIW, I still go up quite a bit more than I think I should when I eat this cereal, but I don’t get close to 140, and do come back down fairly fast. I am not good with carbs early in the day, but the truth is, some days, its just easier to pour the cereal and eat it, and let the numbers rise if they are so inclined
I told the customer service rep in my email that I would be sharing this answer with folks on line, so it should not be a problem to post her comments here. I read it, and I only partially get it, because they write on the box “only 9 carbs” but the fact is, there are 16 when you add in the “other carbs” Toss in the milk, which I use sparingly, and I guess its just enough to get my BG to rise in the AM. Haven’t yet tried it later in the day.
Thank you for contacting us about the carbohydrates in Kellogg’s® Special K® Protein Plus cereal. What a good question! I am happy to explain what “other carbohydrates” refers to.
The total grams of carbohydrates found on the Nutrition Facts panel includes dietary fiber, sugars and other carbohydrates. In this cereal, there are 14 grams of total carbs, 5 from fiber, 2 from sugars and 7 from other carbohydrates, also known as starch.
Other carbohydrates indicate the grams of complex carbohydrates in a serving, not including fiber. Other carbohydrates are long, branched chains of single sugar molecules known as polysaccharides and sometimes referred to as starch or complex carbohydrates. Other carbohydrates are not added to the product but rather they are naturally found in grains. They are included in the total carbohydrate amount.
Speaking to a diabetic audience, starches break down into simple sugars and do increase blood glucose levels. The body metabolizes the simple sugars first and then breaks down the starches into sugars as well. I would not expect a
blood sugar spike from this cereal, however, due to the buffering effect the fiber has on the blood sugar levels. Everyone is different however and it is difficult to say why your sugar levels increased.
Remember when counting carbs that the serving size on most products, and therefore carb amount, is based on the weight of the cereal and not the volume. When the cereal is manufactured, 29 grams equals 3/4 of a cup. However, during transportation, the cereal has a tendency to settle and 29 grams may now take up less space. 3/4 of a cup may now weigh 35 grams which is more than one serving. One could inadvertently consume more than one serving of cereal even when using a measuring cup. The most exact way to ensure you are getting the stated amount of carbs is to use a small kitchen scale to weigh out foods.
Again, thank you for contacting us. We appreciate your patronage of our products and hope that this provides you with the information you need to make food choices appropriate for you.