Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Another reasons why calorie counting doesn't work?

This just emphasises why I think it is important to make the majority of your meals yourself - you know what is in them then. Then again I think calorie counting itself is a bit of a waste of time usually if you are making good choices and simply eating real food.

Study Examines Calorie Information from Restaurants, Packaged Foods

Researchers at Tufts University analyzed the calorie content of 18 side dishes and entrees from national sit-down chain restaurants, 11 side dishes and entrees from national fast food restaurants and 10 frozen meals purchased from supermarkets. They compared their results to the calorie content information provided to the public by the restaurants and food companies. "Because we analyzed a relatively small sample of food, additional research testing more foods will be needed to see if this is a nation-wide problem," says senior author Susan B. Roberts, PhD, a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

On average, the calorie content information provided by the restaurants was 18 percent less than the researcher's calorie content analysis.

3 comments:

Eric said...

And here's an interesting video on why counting calories doesn't MATTER:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4362041487661765149&ei=NhRFS5G4Oois2ALCt6HYBQ&q=good+calories,+bad+calories&hl=en#

mc said...

Well Chris, as ever,
you got me thinking

Calorie counting and Heart Rate Monitors: when they work

Part 1: calorie counting.

mc

Chris said...

Thanks mc - as ever I've benefited from reading your thoughts!