Why are some dietary fiber counted as calories (Ezekiel bread/Oatmeal) and not others?

Can't find Cronometer's rational for counting dietary fiber as calories. Can't be soluble vs. insoluble because oatmeal has both and both counted as calories. Yet, some foods that I enter (can't remember which) exclude dietary fiber as calories.

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  • @Rinny

    Technically, there are calories in fibre (specifically if it's soluble fibre). In my country (Canada), the government assigns 2 calories per gram of fibre. I'd assume that this is somewhat similar in other countries, but differences in rounding can lead to different interpretations.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
    cronometer.com
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  • Insoluble fiber has zero calories. Yes, soluble fiber has calories. But, this does not explain why all dietary fiber is counted as calories for some foods such as Ezekiel Bread which has 3 dietary fibers per slice. 2.5 of the dietary fibers are insoluble. My question is that Cronometer sometimes adjusts for dietary fiber and at other times does not.

  • Hi @Rinny,

    For branded products, like Ezekiel breads and oatmeals, we report the calories that the manufacturer has listed on their label. We do not calculate the calories from the macronutrients.

    Kind regards,
    Marie-Eve

    Marie-Eve
    cronometer.com
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