Feb 25 2012

Why Calories Count: The First Review!

From The Scientist: Magazine of the Life Sciences, February 2012.

Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics

by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim
University of California Press, April 2012

Nutritional science guru Marion Nestle’s new book, Why Calories Count, seeks to crack open the inscrutable nature of the calorie. Think of the book, cowritten with Cornell University nutritionist and biochemist Malden Nesheim, as a diner’s elemental guide to eating. Nestle and Nesheim deconstruct the calorie—the bane of many a belly in the developed and developing worlds—to its barest components as a humble unit of work or heat before reassembling it and discussing its implications for disease, obesity, politics, and modern marketing.

From the strict chemical definition of a calorie to the 25-year quest by the Center for Science in the Public Interest to require nutritional labels, including calories, on alcoholic beverages, Why Calories Count weaves scientific and social tales into a rich portrait of the American diet and the laws that have shaped it.

By thoroughly burrowing into the meaning and impacts of calories, the authors intend to bestow a more relaxed yet active state of mind upon the reader. “Get organized. Eat less. Move more. Get political,” they suggest. Sounds like the most succinct diet book ever written.

  • http://blog.pknewby.com P.K. Newby

    Great review, Marion. Look forward to reading it. Congratulations! Another fabulous book for my classes! @pknewby

  • Anthro

    They stole my review!

    I’ve skimmed through and am now reading from the beginning.

    Double-labelled water–who knew? I kept coming across that and realized finally that I needed to start at at the beginning!

    I sincerely hope that all who post here with criticism (often less than constructive) will read this book.

  • http://twitter.com/MediterraneanDi edSanDiego

    I refuse to read it, until I get a signed copy. Period.

  • http://twitter.com/MediterraneanDi edSanDiego

    Its been 2 days and no signed copy from the authors.

    I hate the word capitulation. My copy is on order.