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“The Truth About Calories”

June 16, 2011
Energy of Life

Energy of Life

“There’s nothing simple about calories.”

This is what I learned from the recent Men’s Health article “The Truth About Calories.” It’s true that we are bombarded with information about calories everywhere we go (there is even a website CalorieKing, which supplies calorie values for Fast-Food Chains & Restaurants: 283 brands, 35 subcategories, 30119 foods!) but how much do we really know about just what effects these calories have on our bodies? As Men’s Health says: “Learn the distinctions and lose the lard.” Classy.

Myths include: “Calories Fuel Our Bodies (Actually, they don’t),” “All Calories Are Created Equal (Not exactly),” and “Exercise Burns Most of Our Calories (Not even close).” Tips to combat these misassumptions involve: “Track carbohydrates, fats, and protein—not just calories—when you’re evaluating foods” and “Avoid artificial sweeteners and load up your plate with the bona fide low-calorie saviors: fruits and vegetables. ”

Seems legit and reasonable to me. But it is always simply amazing to me how little we actually know about what we are putting into our bodies.  As an article from Discovery Health posits “For years now, calories have been all the rage — people are counting them and cutti­ng them, and you’d be hard-pressed to find something at the supermarket that does not list its calories per serving somewhere on the package. But have you ever wondered what exactly a calorie is?

Knowledge is power. Against ignorance and against the scale. And it is up to each and every one of us to educate ourselves and take care of our bodies.

 (Image courtesy of http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/weight-loss/calorie.htm)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Alex permalink
    June 17, 2011 4:52 am

    i remember being on a long-haul bike trip and eating 10 big macs and still being hungry. i can’t even begin to tell you how disgusting i felt after that. 217 though to power a car and not a bike is another story. interesting post.

  2. Julius permalink
    June 17, 2011 5:29 am

    Very intriguing. Amazing so much in our society is so numbers focused and artificial. When can we move towards a more holistic approach to eating?

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