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How can cane sugar contain 0 calories?

I went to Whole Foods and bought cane sugar that has 0 calories and 4g of sugar. How does this fit into the sugar list?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

cubes of refined sugar

I am not sure what this product is, but it must be mislabeled. One gram of sugar (carbohydrate) contains 4 calories, so this product would have 16 calories.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
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