Why Calories Count:
Science to Politics
by Marion Nestle & Malden Nesheim
TX551 .N3977 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
With the return of the semester, it’s a return to old habits like a rushed lunch or snacking on whatever might be lying around. While I try to make the first day of school like the first day of the year, full of resolutions, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the temptations of Culver’s butter burgers and cupcakes from the Sweet Spot. All that adds up, not just in terms of money, but in terms of this week’s featured topic.
Nestle, professor at New York University and well-respected nutritionist [that visited campus last semester], and Nesheim, professor emeritus at Cornell University, take a look at the world’s most hated molecule [or most desired, depending on your perspective], the calorie. They sort through the facts and misinformation being used in food marketing to discuss the truths about diets and weight loss / gain. With the knowledge from the book, the reader can then make more informed decisions about their food intake. The authors also provide some valuable advice in navigating the treacherous world of vending machines, fast food joints, and instant gratification.