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Phantom Carbohydrates – A Nutrition Mystery

How can a drink contain carbs but no calories?  Find out how food companies can legally fudge the number of calories in their products.

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
Episode #145

Are Vitamin Waters a Good Source of Nutrition?

Finally, a word about the nutritional value of vitamin- and herb-enhanced waters. If you simply enjoy the taste (and you stick with sugar-free), there’s little harm in enjoying them in moderation. However, if you’re justifying spending two bucks a bottle on the basis of some alleged health or nutritional benefits, you should know that scientific support for those would be even harder to find than the missing calories on the label.

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Calculating calories from fat, carbohydrate and protein (Nutribase)
 

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Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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