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Science

Submission + - The hidden truths about calories (scientificamerican.com)

Raindance writes: "Scientific American recently explored how the traditional way of calculating calories has failed to keep up with science: "When the calorie was originally conceived it was in the context of human work ... chemical fire with which to get the job done, coal in the human stove. Fat, it has been estimated, has nine calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins have just four; fiber is sometimes counted separately and gets awarded a piddling two. Every box of every food you have ever bought is labeled based on these estimates; too bad then that they are so often wrong."

The NYT has some suggestions to improve and broaden our current labeling system, while others seem to feel the task of defining a healthy diet should be taken away from nutritionists and given to gut flora microbiologists. What's Slashdot's dream label?"

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