I felt like you may have needed to see this.
A few points of note:
“Because of Obamacare, all restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to list calorie counts.” Let the country rejoice. Restaurant eating is probably one of the most challenging parts of calorie counting, and if your estimation game isn’t on point, or if you’re not at a really quality restaurant… you’re fighting an uphill battle. It isn’t unwinnable…you’re just gonna have to be ready for war.
He specifies that the FDA requires packaged food, within certain constraints, to come with calorie counts. It should also be noted, however, that the FDA doesn’t check up behind industry in regards to the accuracy of their numbers, either.
It’s nice to know how to finally pronounce “calorimeter.” I’m not going to tell you how I’ve been saying it, all these years. Let’s just say… I’m glad I’ve never had to say it in public.
It’s also nice to know that all bodega owners across the city are the same. The exact same. “Yeah, yeah, that’s real healthy.”
I was actually unsurprised, the most, by the Starbucks drink; the drinks are made using pretty fail-proof recipes. The variable, there, that makes the difference? The whipped cream. No two people put it on the same and, if the barista likes you… you might wind up with more whipped cream – that’s more calories – in your cup.
Chipotle burritos are heinous, man. Did you see the size of that thing? I’m pretty sure a small country could be fed off that thing for a few days. My word. If a burrito that large can wind up being off by 120 calories, and that 120 calories only be about 10% of the caloric value of the entire burrito… perhaps we should be considering cutting the burrito in half and sharing it with a buddy… or making our own burrito. Just saying.
“Vegan!” “Kosher!” “Healthy!” Halo words.
A day full of processed food yielded a calorie count of 2,773 estimated calories. The true total value was 3,321 calories, almost 20% more than originally accounted for, and that’s specifically for people who dine out that often. Since the FDA doesn’t check up behind food manufacturing companies and their caloric values, what’s the over/under on how inaccurate THEIR figures are? 30%?
Lastly, for me… I was really weirded out by how little protein was in his hypothetical day. All those carbs… how filling could all of that be? What a shame to eat 2700 calories, and still wind up starving at some point in the day.
What did you think?