The Truth Behind Calorie Labels

The Truth Behind Calorie Labels

in New York City most chain restaurants are required to post calorie information on their menus soon because of Obamacare all restaurants with more than 20 locations will be required to post calorie counts it's like how the FDA requires labels on packaged foods the idea is pretty basic when you know how much you're eating you tend to eat less now section eighty one five zero of the New York City health code states the Health Department will cite violations if you fail to post calorie information but the Health Department doesn't verify the accuracy of that information they told me no one checks to make sure these numbers are correct so I thought I'd assume that responsibility the actual process for testing caloric content is incredibly complicated and horribly boring it involved two food scientists who are totally patient and answered all of my stupid questions and it's pronounced calorimeter calorimeter okay got it we needed the resources of the obesity research lab at st. Luke's Hospital it involved precision beyond anything I'm capable of and a lot of math it took us 10 hours to test five items how much do you stand but how much do you stand behind today's results Harvison now there was very little science put into the selection of food to be tested I just tried to pick all the foods that I might eat in a single day some from restaurants some packaged these muffins are everywhere in the city but the nutritional information is impossible to find they're called yogurt muffins and the guys the bodega said low-fat they're pretty healthy the best all right thank you there's no nutritional information on their website so I called them and they faxed me the data according to them the muffin had an incredible 640 calories and it was even more incredible to find out there are actually seven hundred and thirty four point seven calories that's more calories than to McDonald's Egg McMuffins thoughts on the results from the nutty banana no next up the Frappuccino a grande with whipped cream is supposed to have 370 calories the actual count was 390 2.9 I can forgive that the girls at Starbucks like me they probably just gave me an extra squirt I use triple A's online calorie calculator to add up all the ingredients in my burrito it came to a whopping 1175 calories not a huge surprise this thing's as big as my foot actual count was just over 10 percent more which is an understandable margin but nonetheless a lot of unaccounted for calories a favorite snack of mine are these vegetarian sandwiches they taste okay and our vegan kosher and according to label only have 228 calories plus in big bold italic red letters it says healthy and this healthy sandwich took the trophy for the biggest inaccuracy actual calorie content was nearly double what the label said giving this sandwich about the same amount of calories as a Big Mac not cool and lastly Subway I just didn't believe that a sandwich this big could only have 360 calories but I guess that guy Jarrod knows what he's talking about the only item tested to come in under the declared amount was Subway now this isn't a conclusive study I didn't test multiple samples but I did find that on this day if I had based my diet on the calorie counts provided to me because of the discrepancies in those counts I would have consumed an extra 548 calories so today's 548 calorie discrepancy means I unknowingly ate a McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese or two hamburgers worth of calories or two Snickers or a couple of donuts which all that is the question if the requirement to post the information is going to be in force why not also enforce its accuracy by again thanks for your help you


  1. This teaches us to be more carful with "healthy" labeled food because healthy doesn't mean low calorie

  2. Never trust any calorie count with "0" at the end. It is rare for all the stuff in it to produce round numbers.

  3. Kind of paranoid, yes another anorexic here


    Think about it guys. If the calories have ALWAYS been inaccurate like this, does it matter? (I know it does a BIT but think about it….) people who lose weight on calorie controlled diets or people with restrictive eds that do, they must all be underestimating calories, but they still do dont they?? It means EVERYONE must do. Which means what we know as 200 calories is actually what we think 300 calories is and so on. They arent what weve always assumed they are, value wise. I hope Im making sense to somebody out there!

  4. im not surprised at the results, items that aren't made in a standardized factory are going to have lots of discrepancies. Test a bag of Doritos and i bet that would be pretty close to what it says.

  5. anyways I guess I'm never eating again because everything in my life except subway is a LIE i say as i am eating a bag of chips

  6. Calories doesn’t mean fat. A calorie count doesn’t determine what you’ll put in your body that’s good or bad. Just because you had an extra 500 doesn’t mean you had two more doughnuts.

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