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Chemistry For Your Life

187 EpisodesProduced by Melissa and JamWebsite

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.


What is a calorie?


This week, Melissa and Jam question the whole system of food. Or rather, the way we calculate food: calories. What are they? Where'd the come from? How are they calculated? Is it a good system for measuring food? What does it actually measure? Can we calculate calories in food at home? Let's dig in.

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References from this episode

  1. How Do Food Manufacturers Calculate the Calorie Count of Packaged Foods? - Scientific American - Jim Painter
  2. :2147/10.1093/jn/136.12.2957" rel="nofollow">History of the Calorie in Nutrition - The Journal of Nutrition - James L. Hargrove 

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