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Old 07-15-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

The calorie delusion: Why food labels are wrong (w/f/s) by Bijal Trivedi

This article contains lots of interesting evidence that indicates that the type of food we eat is just as important as the quantity. For example, the number of calories listed on the labels of food can be off by as much as 25% because they do not take into account numerous factors, such as the widely differing amounts of energy it takes to digest different foods. If you're struggling to lose weight, the source of your calories may be just as influential as the total amount.

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Old 07-15-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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Re: The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

Calories are COMPLETELY useless.......

Why they still teach this nonsense at the university level is beyond me

and secondly....why eat food with a label?
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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Re: The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

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If you're struggling to lose weight, the source of your calories may be just as influential as the total amount.
This is a huge debate around here, which I will desperately try to sidestep. That being said... :stir: I personally agree. It's almost comical to imagine the quantity of released energy, as measured by an electronic device when incinerating food in a lab, is being presented with any degree of confidence in its margin of error as an indicator for how much energy humans will absorb from it. Humans, by the way, being in possession of very complex and not at all well understood biological food incinerators, whose parameters widely vary between individuals. It's a bit like carefully measuring out one cup of water, pouring it down the side of a mountain, and claiming that exactly one extra cup of water is going to collect around the base of the mountain. You know, thermodynamics and conservation of mass and all.
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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Re: The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

I didn't need a study to tell you that calories are a pointless tool to measure with from the get-go.

Sadly, I had to learn that the hard way. Wish I would have known what I know now almost 2 years ago.

I could have made so much more progress.

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Old 07-31-2009, 02:53 AM   #5
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Re: The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

i read what was avaiable but i still dont know why calorie charts are useless. I"m 181, a guidline telling me im around 1000, 2000 or 3000 calories represents something to me.

First if i'm around 1000 at x time of day, i'm off to a heavy start, or slow start and can either get ready for bed, or enjoy a filling meal. Its an indicator. I'm ok with it being labeled and errored estimate since i don't count everything accurately.

The guidlines of 1k, 2k or 3k also get used as indicators when i want to either grow or shrink. If my daily average has a one in front i'm in a weight cut or lay off to shrink back into some cloths. If there is a 3 in front of it i'm growing and if its a 2 then i'm at a maintance. Since i don't suffer from weight gain, i typically don't have to be a nazi about it.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:28 AM   #6
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Jim you are a paragon of openmindedness when it comes to nutrition, i remember your first post about all calories were equal and the epic thread that followed, which i still refer to now when debating with non-board following friends.
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Old 07-31-2009, 03:35 AM   #7
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also i read somewhere that food labels can be up to 20% out with their calculations.
not that anyone selling diet foods would stoop so low as to do this though
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Re: The calorie delusion: why food labels are wrong

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/ar...makes-fat.html
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