Calorie Discrepancies?

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Calorie Discrepancies?

#1 Postby caschmid » Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:27 pm

Has anyone had this issue when calculating their macros?

Take the label for a popular brand of coconut milk

Calories: 70
Total Fat: 4.5
Total Carb: 8
Protein: 0

No alcohol is in the coconut milk, so total fat + total carb = total calories.

Total Fat: 4.5*9 = 40.5
Total Carb: 8*4 = 32
40.5+32 = 72.5

According to the label there is a discrepancy here. Now, for one part of my diet this doesn't necessarily bother me, but there are the same discrepancies found even in the FDA nutrition facts for nuts, fruits, and veggies. This really throws off my macro calculations.

New to the whole calorie counting as I am trying to be more diligent about discovering my particular needs. Can anyone help me with this?

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Re: Calorie Discrepancies?

#2 Postby C.O. » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:10 am

Why is calorie counting so important to you?

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Re: Calorie Discrepancies?

#3 Postby blabbate » Tue Jan 06, 2015 2:27 pm

The kcal/g numbers for each macro aren't exact, no, and differ per food. The overall calories on the nutrition label are also rounded, as are the individual macro gram measures.

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Re: Calorie Discrepancies?

#4 Postby someguy » Fri Feb 13, 2015 7:03 pm

if i recall correctly, in the US, if a serving is under 5 calories, they can label it as 0 calories per serving... perhaps there is a similar grace when marking anythings macros, or some portion of it is just undigestible?

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Re: Calorie Discrepancies?

#5 Postby caschmid » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:28 pm

C.O. wrote:Why is calorie counting so important to you?

Lol. I was doing this to figure out the caloric content of the foods I eat regularly to ensure I was getting enough of each macro nutrient.

I am not counting calories now, I just wanted to do that as a method of insurance. I have a fast metabolism and have in the past had trouble putting on weight and muscle.

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