Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Okay, so I saw this article www.npr.org/blogs/thesal
on the npr website and watched the embedded video.
Now I don’t want to eat anything.
The article brings up flaws in the calculation of calories, how the energy required to digest can skew actual consumed calories, and other variations on the theme of how the currently utilized Atwater system of calculation is flawed and inaccurate.
After reading the text, I just decided to chalk it up to making use of the best tool I have at hand. Okay, the system is flawed, but not so flawed as to be useless. Not about to throw the baby out with the bath-water on this one.
The video was another thing all-together. The filmmaker took some of his favorite foods and had their composition laboratory tested to ascertain calories. I have always assumed some variation from the posted number is inevitable- just a little squish factor.
Mind officially blown.
The discrepancies added up to 548 calories or as he put it “a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese… or two hamburgers… or two Snickers bars… or a couple of donuts.”
Who can plan for that? That is more than squish factor… pudge factor, anyone???