• Neato
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    2328 days ago

    Measuring calories in food is not accurate. Measuring calories by burning fuel is, but that’s not how we use food.

    • @yiliu@informis.land
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      928 days ago

      Not to mention, even if you can accurately measure calories in a specific serving, companies produce thousands and thousands of servings per day. They can’t accurately measure all of them. And ironically, the more ‘natural’ the food is, the less accurately they can measure the nutritional value: protein paste is going to be a lot more predictable than pasture-raised chickens.

    • @Sethayy@sh.itjust.works
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      -1728 days ago

      Lmao so measuring calories in food isn’t accurate cause you don’t consider it food when measured?

      That’s gotta be the funniest counter argument I’ve ever heard

      • @blandfordforever@lemm.ee
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        1028 days ago

        I think he’s saying that you can measure how much energy the food contains but not how much energy each individual will successfully absorb and metabolize.

      • southsamurai
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        528 days ago

        Nah, that’s the funniest attempt at dissing someone that said something you don’t understand I’ve ever seen.

        Calorimeters do a specific job. That job is not the same as digestion and metabolism. Not all foods “give up” calories in the same way, and no foods do so in the same way as inside a calorimeter.

        Measured calories via calorimeter are indeed accurate with exactly what they measure, i.e. The exact food that is placed into them.

        What a calorimeter can’t do is guarantee that everything put into it is the same.

        The more complex the substance is, the more variation there will be between measurements of different batches of that substance. Something like refined sugar is going to give the same results reliably because there’s just not that much variation. Same with refined fats and proteins. Once you get simple enough, the results vary by so little as the be meaningless.

        Put two bananas in the same machine, the variance will be greater than that of simpler materials. Is that variance enough to matter on a practical level? Not usually, but it can be.

        But, that variance is still there, and the range of possibilities is enough to be significant when calculating what you might slap on a nutritional level of a given food.

        Hence, the results aren’t accurate in the sense that they can be reproduced in a precise way. There’s just too much natural variance in foods, even carefully prepared foods.

        • @LwL@lemmy.world
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          127 days ago

          While what you said isn’t wrong, it’s not really the main issue. The energy a human body gets from food can be vastly different than what is produced by burning it, and there are further variations per person.

          The calorie count on food to my knowledge is based on actual measurements with humans… from one guy doing experiments in the 1800s. And while it’s probably reasonably accurate on average, it’s not really possible to know how much energy a specific person will get from a food from a generalized calorie label. So even if the food itself had no variance, it would be impossible to label the energy intake you will get from it accurately.