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    Who invented calorie counting?

    This may be a dumb question or may have been asked before but who invented the whole calorie counting thing? Like, how do we REALLY know how many calories or carbs are in foods? If our grandparents ate real food and did not count calories and stuff then when did this madness all start? And why are we supposed to just believe the labels? How do we really know anything?
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    I ask the same questions every day.

    I know there's some lab test they do that the food sends off an electrical charge which then calculates into cals, fat, protein, etc.
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    "Hargrove found that there’s some controversy about who “invented” the Calorie. Some references show that two Frenchmen, P.A. Favre and J.T. Silbermann, invented the Calorie in 1852. Other texts state that a German physician, Julius Mayer, effectively invented the Calorie in a study he published in 1848.

    Hargrove credits the French chemist Nicholas Clement with the invention, however, citing lecture notes from Clement that define the term as early as 1819.

    He credits Mayer with beginning a dialogue about food as an energy source. Before Mayer’s time, people thought that energy was God-given; they made no concrete connections between food they ate and the energy on which their bodies ran.

    Despite the confusion over who invented the unit, Hargrove notes that the Calorie as a nutritional unit came to the U.S. by way of a man named Wilbur Atwater in 1887. Shortly afterward, the science of nutrition began to take hold in the U.S.

    A popular early nutrition text published in 1918 by Lulu Hunt Peters outlined the first methods of counting Calories. In her bestseller, Diet and Health, with the Key to the Calories, Peters outlined 100-Calorie portions of many foodstuffs and preached counting Calories as a way to regulate weight."


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    Men invented calorie counting to oppress women
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenn View Post
    Men invented calorie counting to oppress women
    correction. Men invented calories.
    Women invented calorie counting to oppress themselves. Probably some power hungry witch who wanted to play cat and mouse with a bunch of hen-pecking bridge ladies. Ya know, to mess with their heads & self esteem?
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    lol interesting. I guess if I am eating pretty much what is found in nature it doesn't matter as much.
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    I know this thread is old - but I am pretty sure it was Oprah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalprincess7 View Post
    This may be a dumb question or may have been asked before but who invented the whole calorie counting thing? Like, how do we REALLY know how many calories or carbs are in foods? If our grandparents ate real food and did not count calories and stuff then when did this madness all start? And why are we supposed to just believe the labels? How do we really know anything?
    As it relates to diet and nutrition, people who don't understand science.

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    The devil.
    Yep, I'm pretty sure it was the devil.

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    Is it that bad? It gives you some information about what you are eating, what mixes of nutrients make you feel better and an idea of what you are taking in for fuel. I'm not saying everyone needs to do it, but it doesn't make me feel oppressed or unhappy. Like all last week- I felt like shit.... noticed the amount of fat I was eating was in the 65%-70%range and protein was kind of low.... this week I bumped up protein and reduced fat and felt better. Now I understand what makes me feel better and can use tracking software to make more days that I eat at those ratios.

    I think it is GREAT if you can eat what you want and maintain or lose weight and not have to give thought about what you are consuming. Some of us can't.....It's like having a budget- some people can do find without tracking what they spend, some of us need more discipline and to track outr spending, lest we bounce checks.

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