Or in any other addictive & toxic industrial product that the corporations idiotised you to believe that is food. With the lessons from tobacco, they get you addicted to combinations of sugar, salt, fat and multiple chemicals (1) and recruiting the adversing machinery to educate you.
The term calorie is a French-derived term denoting “unit of heat”. It appears that Nicholas Clément introduced calories in lectures on heat engines that were given in Paris around 1820′s.
In 1863, the word entered the English language through translation of Ganot’s popular French physics text, which defined a Calorie as the heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 kg of water from 0 to 1°C!!! - that’s what a calorie still is.
When used in nutrition calories measure the heat value of a food. As you may be aware, real food has many other values. One of them is nutrient density! So maybe not just because these words look pretty similar (nutrition/nutrients) it would be more useful to assess foods regarding this value.
The original method used to determine the number of calories in a given food directly measured the energy it produced. The food was placed in a sealed container surrounded by water (the bomb calorimeter).
Because at that time scientists were lacking the tools to measure how feeding humans certain foods would raise the temperature of surrounding water they build the closest equivalent to the human machinery – an apparatus known as a bomb calorimeter – pictured bellow.
The food was completely burned and the resulting rise in water temperature was measured (2). From there the scientists concluded that calories measured in this state of the art sealed container represent the amount of energy that these foods will produce in the human body. That is because they reasoned that the sealed container surrounded by water is practically a human. Great job, isn’t it?
One little problem with this device is that it cannot tell the difference between four organic eggs and a freshly made (medium size) dog shit -Coco POOPS – even though they both yield 220 calories.
To this day our knowledge about how the body expends that energy once consumed is pretty scarce. We can be certain however that it’s in our recent history that the population started being fed toxic crap Coco POOPS. This might be a clue as to why our generation is the sickest in history.
How did we get here?
Obviously through poor science and clever marketing but mostly thorough our ignorance. The processed food industry uses the calorie obsession to push on au-pair status their toxic industrial crap with real foods. That allows them to paddle the idea that “all calories count, no matter where they come from”- Coke speak. They create armies of stupid dieticians (read more here) and roll out thousands of graduates brainwashed to carry on their message: all that matters is maintaining the calories in equal to calories out. You can read more about how
What to do?
Eat just real food! Real food is produced on a sustainable farm, not in a factory. Real food does not need a label and you shouldn’t care how much heat you can produce with it if you burn it.
Be wiser than the scientists: if you want to heat some water turn on your kettle instead!
Next, Step 3: What’s Real Food? Learn to distinguish real food from industrial crap!