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Science Weighs in on Calorie Count Inaccuracies

Key Digestive Factors not Included in Food Labels

Scientists have been working hard to prove that food labels don't always depict an accurate or clear calorie count. Recent research has provided insight into the fact that food preparation, such as pounding, slicing, mashing and chewing, all affect food products' calorie counts. Likewise, the amount of time and energy people's bodies need to digest certain foods can greatly affect calorie count.

The calorie counts posted on labels are based on original calculation methods that date back more than 100 years, stated Fox News. Food portions and development has drastically changed over the last century, so why hasn't the method for counting calories?

Label Printing May Yield Better Results
Some label printing discrepancies are estimated to be off by 50 percent. The good news, LifeScience reports, is that some servings are overestimated rather than underestimated. For instance, a serving of almonds may be up to 40 calories less once digested than what the label printing claims, added the source.

As food producers and scientists continue to measure the calorie count of food, experts advise individuals eat a healthy, balanced diet while monitoring their caloric intake.