The "Calorie is a Calorie" tautology is wrong!

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Not all calories are equal. Processed foods are making us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods.

Processed foods vs. Natural foods.

Studies point to phenomena that seem inconsistent with a simple consumption-calorie summary. Still, I have not found the whole explanation anywhere, and therefore, I present an explanation that is much simpler than one might think. Energy and matter, as we know, cannot be lost. However, they are counted differently in different routing, sometimes perceived as having negative calories. (There is no such situation)


Surprisingly, processed foods make us gain weight much faster than the same calories of natural foods.

The nutrients we eat and drink and the calories they carry cannot vanish, but they can be redirected to other non-energy, "non-countable" purposes.

Link: Advanced Nutrition Calculations Methodology.

  • The portion of food dedicated to tissue regeneration varies depending on the body's requirements and diet quality and quantity. The rest is converted into energy and fat and influences body weight. Surprisingly!  - Processed foods make us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods. Not all calories are equal. 
  • When you refuel your car, you know how much energy you will get (driving range). When a person eats and drinks, some food (by analogy) enters the oil tank and is intended for maintenance - but the proportions change!

Since the routing of food between the two primary uses (tissue building and maintenance, as opposed to available energy and fat accumulation) is not fixed and differs from person to person, it is inaccurate to sum the calories in food and beverages. 


The negative calories idea, with a completely different approach.

The idea that negative calories exist is not new and usually refers to foods for digestion that require more calories than the food carries. My hypothesis is entirely different.

  • The new trend for slimming by testing intestinal bacteria and adapting foods accordingly is based on similar principles of improved absorption of nutrients suitable for tissue regeneration and long-term maintenance. (Without a comprehensive theory to explain how it works.)
  • Digestion of food is just one of a series of processes that require energy for regular consumption. (Such as maintaining body heat) We usually eat and drink various foods together. Therefore, this approach to the energy invested in digesting food and beverages is impractical.


To illustrate the principle, let's take, for example, a fresh vegetable salad with vinegar, lemon, and lots of olive oil.

  • The oil lubricates the intestinal walls and the dietary fiber in the salad; the intestinal walls are renewed in the presence of probiotic bacteria. The many calories found in oil have not disappeared! (Energy conservation laws do not allow energy and matter to disappear.) but have changed shape and become tissue. The result is that less food is converted into available energy and/or accumulation of fatty tissue. The effect is even more significant because the intestinal walls that allow good absorption of nutrients will enable the liver to synthesize more proteins and fats for tissue renewal in many other places in our body.
  • It is enough to create a rerouting of 5% of the food you consume for purposes other than energy so that your body weight will decrease over time, and with it, your health will improve.


Continue reading: Calories cannot disappear but can be redirected as being uncounted.

Eating only natural, moist, unprocessed foods containing dietary fiber and natural oils/fats or sauces with good live bacteria can redirect some nutrients to other non-energy purposes.
Frequently asked questions and answers:
Can calories disappear?
The energy conservation laws of physics do not allow energy and matter to disappear.
Has the fact that not all calories are equal been observed in clinical trials?
Not all calories are equal have been observed, but researchers have been careful not to draw any definitive conclusions.
If the deviation in the caloric calculation, as you present, is about 5%, then it is pretty marginal.
If the deviation is in both directions, then the deviation is offset and insignificant. In our case, the deviation is mostly cumulative and is of great medical and caloric significance over time.
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Not all calories are equivalent—The "Calorie is a Calorie" tautology is wrong!
1. Why do the composition of foods and beverages, timing, and origin (natural versus processed and industrialized) impact body weight?
Existing caloric calculations (as well as various measures) do not consider the interaction between different foods. But in reality, we usually eat all kinds of foods and drinks together, which affects energy routing.
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1. The most suitable answer is answer number 1.
The amount of energy in food and beverages available for the body's use is not fixed and is not uniform for everyone! The "calorie is a calorie" tautology is wrong.
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