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torelli
03-30-2003, 06:48 PM
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Colgan Institute and their ideas about nutrition, health. In their latest newsletter they had the following: Any thoughts?
THE CALORIE MYTH
I get many questions about counting calories, so here is the truth. It is a common belief that the human body burns food to produce calories of energy. This schoolboy fairytale, taught to children to keep things simple, is a problem to anyone trying to teach the real science. Most adults still believe calories count, and their continuing emphasis in popular media and even officially on food labels is a warning that we should be careful what tales we teach our children, for they become what the public believe. For optimum health you need to abandon the calorie myth entirely.

Calories are a measure of the heat produced when food is burned in a crude instrument called a bomb calorimeter. The human body is not a bomb calorimeter. It doesn’t “burn” anything. Our flesh is only marginally related to the notion of calories, as anyone who tries to lose weight by counting them quickly discovers. Simply put, your body works by nuclear power. The stored energy of sunlight is released from foods by a complex process of electron transfer, which occurs at the inner membrane of the mitochondrion. When you get this process working properly, it requires very little food to maintain a healthy, low-fat body, without hunger, and with ample energy for life.

I will not go into detail here, but essentially in a series of explosive chemical steps, the mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, extract light energy from food and imprison it temporarily in a fragile chemical cage called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is then used to “power” all your bodily processes. This is covered in much greater detail in Dr. Colgan’s forthcoming book “Brain Power,” to be released this year.


:rolleyes:

WillBrink
03-30-2003, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by torelli
I was wondering what your thoughts are on the Colgan Institute and their ideas about nutrition, health. In their latest newsletter they had the following: Any thoughts?
THE CALORIE MYTH
I get many questions about counting calories, so here is the truth. It is a common belief that the human body burns food to produce calories of energy. This schoolboy fairytale, taught to children to keep things simple, is a problem to anyone trying to teach the real science. Most adults still believe calories count, and their continuing emphasis in popular media and even officially on food labels is a warning that we should be careful what tales we teach our children, for they become what the public believe. For optimum health you need to abandon the calorie myth entirely.

Calories are a measure of the heat produced when food is burned in a crude instrument called a bomb calorimeter. The human body is not a bomb calorimeter. It doesn’t “burn” anything. Our flesh is only marginally related to the notion of calories, as anyone who tries to lose weight by counting them quickly discovers. Simply put, your body works by nuclear power. The stored energy of sunlight is released from foods by a complex process of electron transfer, which occurs at the inner membrane of the mitochondrion. When you get this process working properly, it requires very little food to maintain a healthy, low-fat body, without hunger, and with ample energy for life.

I will not go into detail here, but essentially in a series of explosive chemical steps, the mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, extract light energy from food and imprison it temporarily in a fragile chemical cage called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is then used to “power” all your bodily processes. This is covered in much greater detail in Dr. Colgan’s forthcoming book “Brain Power,” to be released this year.


:rolleyes:

they have been around a long time. Outdated at best, just plain goofy at worst, case in point, what you posted above. PS, his PhD was in psychology...

ipitythefool
04-15-2003, 11:41 PM
Sounds like someone wants to sell their new book.

I haven't read such hokey crap in a while. Will's being too nice. This guy got a 'D" in science and is trying to spin some of the words he remembered into a cultish fairy tale.