Calorie Counts

Monday, August 05, 2013

Sarah Nassauer, reporter for the Wall Street Journal, talks about her article “Where the Calories are Hiding,” which looks at calorie counts on menus and the surprising effect that posting calories has on people’s choices.


Sarah Nassauer

Comments [16]

Legal Gal from Colorado

Krlyman - do you still have the wireless keyboard you don't use? Looking to buy the wireless receiver, as it has been misplaced and microsoft won't sell just the receiver...Ugh...let me know, please

Oct. 28 2013 01:31 PM

Many of my patients are diabetics. However, calories is not what they count. Its carbohydrates that matter and that make us fat. This should be posted in the restaurants instead of calories.

Aug. 06 2013 10:00 PM
Leslie Carr from Vermont

Hiding? We just may not want to know what the actual calorie count is. That's why having the information -- which may or may not be totally accurate -- in front of us as we order is a good idea. It's about being reality-based. Sometimes, even a salad isn't a salad:

Aug. 06 2013 07:32 PM
Susan Wilson

When choosing between two choices, I always choose the dish with fewer calories! Yes, it makes a difference!

Aug. 06 2013 06:28 PM

Posting calories is a great idea if it's due to consumer demand not if it's mandated and coerced by government.

Aug. 06 2013 04:40 PM
Felicia from Harlem

Leonard, thanks so much for that snarky little bit about how fat Americans are at the end. Totally unnecessary and not worthy of NPR. No doubt Americans eat too much and too much of the wrong things; however, there is a lot of depression, anxiety and addiction out there that is tied to weight. It's really disheartening to see this kind of dismissive humor on WNYC.

Aug. 05 2013 01:26 PM
Dan from New York

Ever since Starbucks started placing calorie counts next to their cakes in the display I've stopped every time from buying after realizing just how much that lemon pound cake I so love will build up my love handles. Sorry Starbucks, but I ain't a customer for cake.

Aug. 05 2013 01:25 PM

For those with a little time to spare on food prep, it is absolutely untrue that fast food is cheaper than eating healthy. Microwaved oatmeal, a frozen chicken breast on a foreman grill, a cup of greek yogurt and an aple, a salad of chopped romaine and carrots-- none of these take a lot of time to prepare (im talking 5 min or less) and each meal costs much less than a value meal from McDonald's. I manage to eat healthy on a $25k/yr salary while living in manhattan.

The problem is sociological and psychological. I can't see any way to fix it, other than through the public school system.

Aug. 05 2013 01:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Do restaurant menus that list calories sometimes fudge the portion sizes, the way many Nutrition Facts labels do?

Aug. 05 2013 01:20 PM
John A

brooke - the old standby of rice and beans - ultra affordable. See the price of the dry bulk bags.

Aug. 05 2013 01:20 PM
Stephen Ditmore from Ridgefield, CT

Even more useful than calories would be glycemic index information. Critical to diabetics, and the basis of the South Beach Diet.

Aug. 05 2013 01:19 PM
Tom Meg

It's almost pointless to discuss calorie counts when the average person has no idea how many calories they're burning. Half of the equation is missing. It's like knowing the price of an item without knowing how much money you have in your wallet.

A petite woman might have a daily caloric expenditure of 1200. A large, active male can easily burn well over 3000 in a day. So the 2000 calorie figure just mentioned will likely be useless for most people.

(FWIW most people can get a decent starting benchmark by multiplying bodyweight in pounds by 15.)

Aug. 05 2013 01:17 PM
Amy from Manhattan

A donut isn't just sugar--it's also white flour & the fat (oil) it's fried in. But it's also air--a donut is a lot lighter than a bagel, which probably accounts for its having fewer calories.

Aug. 05 2013 01:15 PM
John A

You just have to think that the larger companies are doing this to protect themselves against future heart health lawsuits. 'But it was published' they will say, thus shifting much responsibility to the purchaser.

Aug. 05 2013 01:14 PM
Brooke from Brooklyn

While posting the calorie counts is great from an educational perspective, what do we do about the issue of affordability? Fast food is much cheaper than the fruits, vegetables, and meat available at the farmer's markets and food stores in New York.

Aug. 05 2013 01:12 PM

Love to hear a bit about the 25% leeway granted to those mandatory factory food nutrition information panels.

Should we assume that the 2000 per day calorie you are keeping is always actually 2500 calories?

Aug. 05 2013 12:29 PM

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