New York Times Op-Doc: "Calorie Detective" - The UltimateFatBurner Blog

New York Times Op-Doc: “Calorie Detective”

Speaking of imprecise calorie counts…

As filmmaker Casey Neistat discovered, the listed calorie counts on hand-made restaurant/ready-to-eat food items can be especially variable. He selected 5 food items that he might eat in an average day: a muffin, a pre-made tofu sandwich, a Starbucks Frappuccino, a Subway sandwich and a Chipotle burrito. Then he had them tested at the at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center and compared the actual calories to the numbers offered by each manufacturer.

Let’s just say that the difference was significant. Take a look…

As an aside, I hope this isn’t really a representative sample of Mr. Neistat’s daily diet!

He’s got a solid point, though: there ought to be some oversight to make sure that the calorie info given to consumers is as accurate as possible.

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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  1. I often wonder about that when you order foods that have a stated calorie value. Just how correct are they. It looks like in a lot of cases, as found by Mr. Neistat’s, they not even close.

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