Could it all be wrong? Some scientists say calorie counts are too inaccurate to be trusted.
February 20, 2013 Scientists say the time-honored calorie is too flawed to give people a good measure of what they're eating. But many nutritionists say calories are still the most useful tool for keeping tabs on food intake and maintaining healthy weight.
Not surprisingly, men like these guys cheering Sam Adams love beer. But more women than you might expect do too, according to a new study.
November 16, 2012 Despite the perception that Americans are a bunch of boozers, a new study shows men in their 20s and 30s take in about 175 calories a day in alcohol; for women, it's about 60 calories. Still, the government warns, it's a little more than we should be imbibing on a daily basis.
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Almonds may have 20 percent less calories than previously thought.
August 3, 2012 New research shows that official calorie counts for almonds may be off by as much as 20 percent because of the way we digest them. That may be good news people watching their weight who want to incorporate more almonds in their diet.
Ordering food online can affect your waistline and your wallet more than traditional methods.
July 23, 2012 It may be easy to order food online, but it's also more pricey and more calorific compared to traditional ways of ordering, says a new study. It seems we lose our personal inhibitions when we don't have to talk to the seller or see other customers.
Menu for American kids: Fewer donuts, more jogging.
April 12, 2012 Children and teens are going to have to cut calories or get a lot more exercise to stop the obesity trend, new research says.
Calorie counts like the one on this McDonald's drive-thru in New York are intended to help people make healthier choices. But researchers say they're often too confusing.
February 24, 2012 Is that veggie pizza at the local pizza chain 1,680 calories, or 2,960? Fast-food menus with calorie counts that are supposed to help eaters make healthier choices often aren't much help, a new study reports.
August 3, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie looks at the winners and losers in the debt deal, and MTV turns 30. In the second hour, how calorie counts may or may not affect the way we eat, and the link between high temperatures and crime rates.
NPR colleagues, including Peter Sagal, braved a taste-test of the Denny's Fried Cheese Melt last summer.
July 19, 2011 Despite restaurant chains offering healthier menu options, they still push oversized and fattening food items to Americans. The Center for Science in the Public Interest gave awards to what it calls the worst offenders.
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