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Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics (California Studies in Food and Culture) Hardcover – April 18, 2012
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"This superbly well-researched and scientifically sound book makes it clear how today’s food environment often overrides physiological regulatory controls of body weight. Why Calories Count is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand why so much about food choice lies in the hands of food marketers whose goal is to sell more products, not necessarily in the interests of public health." Dr. David Kessler, author of The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite
We need to understand what empty calories’ are, so that we can feed our children food that is truly nourishing. On this topic, there is no better teacher than Marion Nestle, who writes with meticulousness, clarity and grace.” Alice Waters, author of The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution
"Thank god authorities like Nestle and Nesheim have teamed up to give us an epic view of a calorie: what it is, where it came from, what it means, how and why we count them. Thank god they’ve managed to decode nutritional science into a commonsense language we can all understand. And thank god they’ve put calories in their place in a wider cultural and political context to help us think meaningfully about the food our lives depend upon. I’m grateful." Betty Fussell, author of Raising Steaks: The Life & Times of American Beef
Calories. We all talk about themmany are even obsessed with thembut what do we really know about them? Not much. Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim’s latest book changes all that, pulling back the curtain on calories and helping us understand them in a whole new light. You’ll never look at a 100-calorie pack of corporate cookies the same way again.” Anna Lappé, author of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
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"Sad that I'm almost done reading 'Why Calories Count.' It's so good that I don't want it to end. Really." (@weighthacker)
That's because Why Calories Count is the fascinating story of what calories are, how they were discovered, how they're measured (my favorite way: using 'double labeled water' calorimeters), how our bodies use them, why they're important to us, how they affect our weight, and how our society views them. If you're at all interested in the calorie, I don't think you'll find a better book.
What I especially appreciate about Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim's approach is that they don't (ahem) sugar coat anything. When information about certain aspects of calories is unclear, they say that. If there are conflicting points of view on a topic, they raise them. If food companies are employing deceitful practices (they are), they're pointed out. They also explain how the regulations around calories came into being and how politics often plays more of a role than science when it comes to our nutrition labels. It's not as dry as it sounds.
All of the information is put into the context of why we're experiencing record levels of obesity and being overweight, and what we can actually do about it. This isn't a diet book, but it does look at many of the popular diets out there and explains why they work and which one is for you. (Why: You eat fewer calories. Which One: Any one that helps you eat fewer calories.) If you're trying to lose weight or know someone who is, this is a must read.
That makes a good book right there. But "Why Calories Count" does a whole lot more. In just a couple-hundred pages of prose that is colorful, reasonable, and easy-to-read, Nestle and Nesheim unfurl a scientific detective story about food and society. They cut through a lot of dieting mythology and food marketers' hype. They expose troubling trends in eating as a matter of public health. And they reveal clear-eyed solutions to better eating that are available to individuals.
Standing on sound science, the book stages a drama about food and society in America against a 125-year historical backdrop. The protagonist is the American food consumer - sometimes overeater and sometimes dieter - who is driven by personal taste, biology, and good intentions at times. The cast of characters includes: food scientists, professional nutritionists, and diet marketers; farmers, agribusiness, and food marketers; restaurants; and food policymakers in federal, state, and local governments.Read more ›
The authors effectively argue that most diet claims are flimsily based on untrustworthy research, and that the only thing that counts when it comes to weight control is calorie count. The problem is that hardly anyone knows their caloric needs and can estimate the caloric content of their food. Hence, people are open to exaggerated food claims and crazy diets.
There are several amusing anecdotes, my favorite of which involves experiments demonstrating that people have an intuitive belief that certain "healthy" foods have negative calories. For example, if asked to estimate the number of calories of a bowl of chili with and without a side salad, they estimate that the chili with salad has fewer calories when, in fact, it has more. Even nutritionists guess wrong!
The other topic I appreciated was a clear explanation of why high fructose corn syrup is such a danger. The authors' explanation exposes as deception the oft-televised claim that the body can't tell the difference between HFCS and sugar. I think that after you read this passage, you'll ban sweetened drinks from your home forever.
If I had to quarrel with any aspect of the book it would be the estimates of exercise output, which differ from most contemporary online calculators. I don't know who is correct. I'll just offer that there is a conflict.
For readers interested in fitness, this book pairs nicely with Tom Venuto's "The Body Fat Solution", which puts together a fitness regime consistent with the nutrition principles in this book. They could be sold together.
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Wonderfully dispassionate erudition of the science behind calories, metabolism and diets. Amongst other things, debunks all diets apart from the gold standard one - reduce your... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gerard De Ruyter
I had high hopes for this book. I knew it wasn't a "diet" book but more of an overview of what calories are and how that impacts different types of diets. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephanie
This product is perfect for the layman who wants to understand more about the history and current understanding about calories. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Eileen Over
This book is not designed to tell people which diets are good for losing or gaining weight, but rather teach about calories and the "eat more" culture that exists today.Published on May 8, 2013 by DietsInReview
This book gives the reader basic information about calories from food and how and why people gain and lose weight. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Dennis Littrell
After reading this I was amazed at what little must be taught in school with someone getting a PHd these days. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Karl
If you can't make head nor tails out of all the gobbledygook shoveled at you by "health experts" with an agenda.
Read this book and it all becomes quite simple. Read more
This book is somewhat technical as far as biochemical and nutrition science for someone who is not familiar with these areas. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by CJF