The Hidden Truths About Calories

  • metta

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    Aug 27, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    The Hidden Truths About Calories

    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/08/27/the-hidden-truths-about-calories/

    "How you digest food depends on which microbes you have and which microbes you have differs from one person to the next. Different foods can both affect and be affected by our microbes. "
  • TampaENFJ

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    Aug 27, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    That's an awesome article. Many questions that challenge stagnant "science education."

    You don't know what you don't know. Hopefully we will keep on the right path.


    Thnks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 27, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    While I do agree that the rates at which a calorie is consumed is different for each and every individual

    Things like relative health ... rates of metabolism
    Muscle Mass ..... even the time of the day the calories are consumed
    can change the rate at which the calories are burned

    There is a basic truth that a calorie remains the amt of energy required to raise a gram of water one degree centigrade
    and there are a multitude of factors that can speed up or retard the process

    The Bad thing about an article like this ..... and I am not down playing its significance .... for the ordinary Joe Blow
    this can be used as an excuse .... I Don't have the right Bugs ... so I can't lose these love handles
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    Aug 27, 2012 10:47 PM GMT
    Thanks for the article. I found the closing remarks to be the most informative:

    "We now have too many calories and too many of those calories are of low quality. One in three Americans is now obese. Over the last thirty years the number of calories we eat has increased, but so has the number of those calories that come from highly processed foods. In this light, we would do well to eat fewer processed foods and more raw ones. This is not a novel insight (Such foods, after all, tend to have more nutrients such as B vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals and so are good for reasons having nothing to do with counting calories). But what might be novel is the realization that in eating such foods you could lose weight while keeping the precise tally of the calories you consume exactly the same. Of course how much weight you lose depends on who you and your microbes are."