Why Calories Count: From Science To Politics

What’s a calorie? Are all calories the same? Does it matter if I eat a thousand calories of broccoli versus a thousand calories of cupcakes? “Why Calories Count” is not a diet book…authors Marion Nestle, Professor in the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and a Professor of Sociology, and Malden Nesheim, Professor Emeritus of Nutrition at Cornell University, wanted to write a book with information that could be used by each individual for evaluating diet and health claims, and for developing their own weight management strategy.

If you want to lose weight, you have to eat less and move more than you have been doing…old news. But they point out that you really need to not only eat less, but eat better. So you have to be informed about what you’re eating and stay mindful about ow much you’re eating. Not easy in this Super-size culture…

Nestle and Nesheim applaud Michelle Obama’s efforts in negotiating with Disney to stop advertising junk food and sugary foods to kids. But they’re concerned that this won’t kick in until 2015. New York Mayor Bloomberg is trying to stop the sale of single serving super-size soft drinks.

Bottom line: get informed, make your own plan, stay motivated…and enjoy those leafy greens!

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