I’ve always read that ground cinnamon has no calories because it’s made of fiber yet if you look it up online it labels it as having 20 calories per tablespoon.
If Calories from fiber don’t count why do they even bother to put them up on the nutritional facts?
Fiber is converted to short-chain fatty acids by the bacteria in your gut then absorbed by your intestine. That’s why you don’t count fiber on a low-carb diet; it gets converted to a fat.
Okay but then where does the energy go IF you are not counting the fiber which indeed is part of the CARBS on the nutritional label?. If it really is converted to fat the calories would be counted as fat calories and not carbs which means the calories on the nutrional label are still counted towards the daily energy intake JUST NOT AS CARBS. [/quote]
You’re making the mistake of assuming our FDA makes any sense.
Because fiber is chemically/structurally a carbohydrate it is listed on the nutrition label as a carbohydrate. The fact that it has calories at all is what makes it necessary to include fiber on the nutrition label.
Think about if you were making alcohol. You would start with a sugar (carb) but then the bacteria would break it down to alcohol (still has calories, but not a carb) and the process would be finished.
So even though it is absorbed as a fat, fiber itself is a carbohydrate and listed as such.