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bluehen94
03-28-2005, 07:55 AM
I have noticed lately that many of the nutrition labels on my food don't add up correctly to the total amount of calories. For example suppose a food has 5 protein, 10 carbs, 5 fat, the food based on this should have 105 calories......

5 protein x 4 = 20 cals
10 carbs x 4 = 40 cals
5 fat x 9 = 45

I have noticed this with cantaloupe, and a few nutrition bars, the calories are less than what it should add up to be, anyone know why?

Nixona
03-28-2005, 12:15 PM
I think there are some loopholes companies are using. Such as if something is less than 0.5g, then they can report it as 0. I know thats a big deal with Trans Fats, the label may say 0, but it could have 0.4g, and I think the FDA recommends like a MAX of 1.5g/day. This could lead to some confusion...

bluehen94
03-28-2005, 12:27 PM
Well, I can see that accounting for a few cals, but I'm talking 50. Also I have a food nutrition scale that gives you the cals, fat, carbs, and protein of the food being weighed (you type a code in) and it dishes out the same type of thing on some foods. Weird?

Lenin
03-28-2005, 03:08 PM
Nutrition bars are notorious for playing games especially with the sugar alcohols and fiber.

Yes everything should add up as you added your numbers, bluehen.

But they LIE!