Carb Counters - How does the math work?

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02-03-2004, 01:57 PM
One of you brilliant people has got to know the answer to this!

If 1 gram of carb = 4 calories,
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
1 gram of fat = 9 calories

Then how can a product (Splenda, for example) have 0 calories and 1 gram of carbs? Wouldn't that mean it actually has 4 calories?

02-03-2004, 02:06 PM
Well, it actually, technically, has <1g of dietary carbs per packet, but on Atkins, we have to count it as 1 because of its properties as an aritifical sweetener combined with the <1g. carbs in the powder... I think.

My sleep-deprived interpretation...

Have to think on it some more...

02-04-2004, 12:59 AM
Splenda *does* have 4 calories, they just get to round down :)

02-04-2004, 12:12 PM
At what point does a company get to round down the caloric value of their product? How confusing!