Walden Farms Calorie free dips
What do these all have in common?
COUNTRY NUTRITIONAL LABELLING DISCREPANCIES!
CASE #1- Quest Bars
So my investigation on this topic started with Quest Bars. How could something so delicious have so little calories? I went on Google and PubMed search and the results were just as I hypothesised!
So Quest is saying that the fibre used does not absorb in the gut so doesn't equate to calories for the day...
After some more investigation, and a read into the lawsuit where one man sued them for false nutritional label but we won't go into that now lol I came to these conclusions:
Fibre does have calories. According to the "Canadian Food Inspection Agency"-
Fibre contains 2 cal/g!
But the USDA doesn't add this into their labelling!
This doesn't mean you should stop eating them though! Eat them and enjoy them!
- High in protein
- High in fibre (which helps you poop and other good things in your body)
It only means add 20-30 calories to your quest bars if you are tracking your calories because the labelling is American. This is true for all protein bars or products you get from America which contain added fibre.
So I emailed them and this was the response:
"Protein shall not be declared on labels of products that, other than ingredients added solely for technological reasons, contain only individual amino acids"- FDA guidelines
In other words because it's not a macronutrient per se, they don't feel the need to add it into calories or protein content... But we do in Australia because... science.
Purple Wrath EAA's complex (American)
Australian Bulk Nutrients EAA complex
I don't want to toot my own horn but.... toot toot.
- Retain zero kcal/g for insoluble fiber
- Change the caloric value of soluble fiber to 2 kcal/g
- Isomalt (2.0 kcal/g)
- lactitol (2.0 kcal/g)
- Xylitol (2.4 kcal/g)
- Maltitol (2.1 kcal/g)
- Sorbitol (2.6 kcal/g
- Hhydrogenated starch hydrolysates (3.0 kcal/g)
- Mannitol (1.6 kcal/g)