A calorie is not a calorie!
The food industry would have you believe that all calories are the same. They’re not.
All calories release the same amount of energy. But a calorie is a measurement of energy, it is not a measurement of nutritional value, nor is it an indicator of how your body uses the energy you get from different foods.
Despite the spin from the food industry, a calorie is not a calorie as far as your body is concerned. Treating all calories as equal is a huge mistake, but a convenient one if your purpose is to disguise the effect of your processed products on people, and shift the blame for what they do to you to the decisions you make.
The fact is that your body deals with carbohydrates, proteins and fats in very different ways. They do not go through the same biochemical pathways and each one has different effects. Each has a huge influence on the biological processes that govern what, when, and how much you eat.
Take carbohydrates for example. There are two classes of carbohydrate, sugar and starch. Starch is made up of glucose only, but sugar is made up of glucose and fructose. While glucose can be metabolised by all the organs in your body, the bulk of fructose can only be metabolised by your liver – as fat. Even although glucose and fructose have the same chemical formula, fructose has more effect on your biochemistry, much of it detrimental. It also affects your appetite and your metabolic health. A calorie is not a calorie.
Fat? Not all fats are the same. There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats have valuable anti-inflammatory properties, bad fats can promote weight related diseases. A calorie is not a calorie.
When it comes to protein, your body is less efficient at metabolising it. It takes much more energy to metabolise protein than it does carbohydrate or fat. The effect is that it reduces your appetite. Protein calories are less fattening than carbohydrate or fat calories. A calorie is not a calorie.
A calorie is definitely not a calorie! Different sources of calories do very different things. They affect your biochemistry is very different ways.
It’s the type and quality of the processed food you eat and drink that’s important. How it affects your biochemistry determines how much you eat, how much you weigh and the state of your health. So.
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