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Old 03-11-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
Ryan Whitley
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Zone Math

I am new to the Zone diet...I like it. I just have a question about the math.

The basic carbohydrate block concept states:
1 block carbohydrate = 9 grams carbohydrate

The chart then says:
1/3 cup of oatmeal = 1 block carbohydrate

So it would stand to reason:
1 cup of oatmeal = 3 blocks of carbohydrate = 27 grams of carbohydrate

BUT

The truth is as follows
1 cup of oatmeal = 54 grams of carbohydrate = 6 blocks of carbohydrate.

To me this appears as if there are in fact twice as many grams of carbohydrate in oatmeal than stated in the chart.

Am I missing something?
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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Re: Zone Math

Depends on your oatmeal, I think?

Mine says 1/2 cup is 27g carbs with 4g dietary fiber. Net carbs, then, is 23g. So , 1 cup = 46g carbs = ~5 blocks
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Zone Math

Your math is right, and like Travis said it depends on the oatmeal your looking at. That goes for most everything listed in the Zone book, different brands of food are prepared differently using different ingredients. In addition to that, I believe the zone portions remove the amount of fiber from the total carbs as well and use this new amount for the grams of carbs. Regardless, just look at whatever you are about to eat individually if you want to get strict, otherwise just use the portions listed in the book/on the website.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:37 PM   #4
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Re: Zone Math

The chart accounts for cooked oatmeal, whereas the ingredient list you are reading likely is giving you the amount for uncooked oatmeal. So a half cup of uncooked oatmeal will cook up to almost a cup of food - this will give you approximately 9 grams per 1/3 cup.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:43 PM   #5
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Re: Zone Math

Amber...I think you are completely correct. Thanks for the heads up.
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