Why most food labels are wrong about calories

I came across this fascinating article in The Conversation recently and had to share. As consumers, we all rely on food labels to provide the necessary information on calories and nutrients. Unfortunately current food labels tell us only half the story, neglecting to take into account how food processing changes the available energy from food.

How many calories you actually get out of your food depends on how highly processed it is.


Highly processed foods are not only more digestible; they are typically softer, requiring the body to expend less energy during digestion.

Our bodies do less work when eating foods that have been softened by cooking, mashed or aerated. Our preference for this food is nature’s way of keeping as much as possible of these precious calories.

Essentially, if we want to lose weight we should reduce soft white bread in favour of rough whole wheat breads, processed cheese in favour of natural cheese and cooked vegetables in favour of raw vegetables.

So do our food labels needs a major overhaul? Check out the full article here to decide for yourself.

Happy reading!

Holly x