Why Calories Count by Marion Nestle
From Science to Politics (California Studies in Food and Culture)

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Calories—too few or too many—are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today’s globalized world. Although calories are essential to human health and survival, they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted. They are also hard to understand. In Why Calories Count, Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim explain in clear and accessible language what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. As they take readers through the issues that are fundamental to our understanding of diet and food, weight gain, loss, and obesity, Nestle and Nesheim sort through a great deal of the misinformation put forth by food manufacturers and diet program promoters. They elucidate the political stakes and show how federal and corporate policies have come together to create an "eat more" environment. Finally, having armed readers with the necessary information to interpret food labels, evaluate diet claims, and understand evidence as presented in popular media, the authors offer some candid advice: Get organized. Eat less. Eat better. Move more. Get political.

About Marion Nestle

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Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author of What to Eat and, from UC Press, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health; Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety; and Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine. Malden Nesheim is Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. He is coauthor (with Marion Nestle) of Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat and (with Ann L. Yaktine) of the Institute of Medicine report Seafood Choices: Balancing Benefits and Risks.
Published April 18, 2012 by University of California Press. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Cooking, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Calories are abstract—“they cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, and their biological functions are difficult for most people to grasp.” In the early chapters, the authors discuss the discovery of calories and their measurement, but these sections feel like a slog through the basement of an old na...

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Portland Book Review

Other aspects indicate that this book was written for dietitians, nutritionists and those with vocations in the food industry, such as ‘Appendix Two: Respiratory Quotient’ and a 35-page dry ‘Notes’ section that concludes the text.

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Diets in Review

Calories in, calories out;

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Diets in Review

and Nesheim a professor emeritus of nutritional sciences at Cornell University Book is accessible and easy to understand Very thorough and well written Answers basic questions about weight gain and weight loss Doesn't sell a diet, but rather a conscious approach to health None to speak of, ...

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The Kitchn

Contrary to what the title may lead you to believe, Marion Nestle's newest book Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics does not encourage you to count calories.

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