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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wonder if anyone watched Dr. Oz the other day talking about the accuracy of calories on food labels.
I was surprised to hear them say most are 20% off, not lower but higher of course...and some are even up to 75% off....they also talked about there being more fat, sugar and other things we are trying to avoid ...
So this morning I went to google and and found some very interesting article about this....what surprised me the most was that they also said raw foods have been given the wrong calorie counts too....
I read any article from Mother Jones about how they determine calorie counts, it was not what I expected and if you are interested you can fine it....
There was so much info that I decided to let you find what you thing is the most reliable, it was all so's a wonder we can't figure out what to eat some times....Things can be slanted any way the person wants....
If you have a deep interest look up Wilbur Atwater is the person who came up with the way to figure calorie decide.....

I think the bottom line is figure what works for you and stick with it...but I am a bit concerned that we can't really seem to trust the labels , the restaurant we eat at .....more reason to eat fresh foods, try and cut out as much processed food as won't be 100% accurate but at least you will know what you are seems to be getting more scary everyday....

The sun has come out and I feel better....
I am looking through seed catalogs today, we need to get one started first thing when we move....

Have a healthy day.....
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    I think you hit it right on the nose, Kitt -- figure out what works for you and do it. Perhaps we make everything too complicated with all the calorie counts and labels and whatnot, especially if the numbers aren't accurate. Maybe the KISS diet would work -- "keep it simple, stupid." LOL!!
    1855 days ago
    thank you just the information we need can't make it easy for those of us hiking the Spark trail don't watch those shows to up setting to find you spend time label reading like other shows tell then they report why brother as they are accurate. the food police make me nuts emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
    thanks do not watch Dr Oz since unavailable in Bangladesh
    1856 days ago
    emoticon I missed the show.

    Hugs Mary
    1856 days ago
    Thanks for sharing, Kitt! I don't get to watch Dr. Oz.
    1856 days ago
    I saw the Dr. Oz show too. However, it is my mission to prepare whole foods as much as possible.

    It IS discouraging that you cannot trust the information, but go into it with eyes wide open when you do buy prepared foods . . . things aren't as they appear!

    Thanks for the information.

    1856 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    It is getting scary. Thank you for posting about this topic - off to do a little resource from what you mentioned.
    1856 days ago
    when do you move again Kitt??

    I agree nothing is 100% accurate -- all we can do is like you said eat as much natural foods as possible and if you can make your own dishes at home..
    What do you think of the growth hormones in livestock that we eat --now that is scary for sure.. makes you want to breed your own animals or go vegan --well not on vegan..I am a meat eater maybe I will have to get out hunting more .. another laugh..even our poor fish are toxic..errrr sorry ranted on your blog ...

    well we will be away enjoying the sun for a week .. hope you and Gary have a healthy week coming..
    hugs Jo emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
  • JOANIE69
    Well THAT is an eye opener, eh? emoticon I thought they had to be accurate. I think that sticking to NON-processed foods and eating as close to nature as we can is a good rule of thumb, too. Even if the calories are higher, at least they aren't empty calories and full of chemicals.

    Blessings, Joanie
    1856 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2013 3:57:02 PM
  • MISSB8604
    I always had a feeling about this and figured, "How in the world could this be right?!"

    Basically you just have to do the best you can, and keep an eye on those portions because you just never know.

    Thank you for this!
    1857 days ago
    Hi Kitt, This truly disturbs me. What are we suppose to do? I don't have the answer. I have just basically adopted the policy that everything in moderation, but processed foods are never a good choice. emoticon
    1857 days ago
  • 185LYNN
    Glad to hear you're feeling better!

    I've never trusted labels but I still read them and wondered how accurate they were. Now I know where to find more information on the subject, thanks! I try to use only fresh ingredients, My produce bill runs around $15.00-$20.00 per week if not more now that I am "juicing." Then I worry about the pesticides on the fresh fruits and veggies. Going to try to grow my own garden this summer.

    Happy gardening!
    1857 days ago
    I agree what works for us. There is so much info out there and it changes all the time." Rely on GOD and do your best"....I always say. Have a beautiful day!!! emoticon
    1857 days ago
    I never thought to question the labels on calories but then I also never looked up how they figure it out in the first place. Guess that's another thing to research. Thanks for the heads up.
    1857 days ago
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