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Flavorings and carbs

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Do vanilla, almond and other flavorings contain carbs? The expert answers:
Most flavorings and extracts contain no appreciable carbohydrates, calories or nutritional value, making them excellent for flavoring foods.

Vanilla, almond, banana and coconut extract average 0.1 to 0.6 grams per teaspoon. Fresh fruit juices, often used in marinades, sauces and baked items, are slightly higher, averaging about 10 grams per half cup.

In a recipe, a half cup goes a long way, so a portion size in this case will most likely be less than a tablespoon and, therefore, about 1 gram or less.

Want chocolate flavor? A good low-carb choice for baking and desserts is cocoa powder.

For the best flavor, use a Dutch-processed product. And, of course, many low-carb sugar substitutes such as calorie- and carb-free Splenda add sweetness.

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