This is a conversation my fiance and I had over text message earlier. Discusses counting calories and how calories aren’t very accurate anyway. May be triggering. I also fixed any spelling errors.
Fiance: Wow. Mcdonalds new radio ad is so eating disorder trigger.
Fiance: It’s about counting calories and things under 300 calories.
Me: Unfortunately, no one cares if counting calories is triggering to people with eating disorders. It’s considered a “normal” weight-loss technique.
Fiance: It’s such a stupid measurement anyway.
Me: It is. But it’s fast. And fast is all people care about. A better way to do it is to control portion sizes. That combined with a healthy workout plan can be very successful.
Fiance: Well the thing is, a calorie count depends on everything being cooked at the exact same temperature for the exact same time every time.
Me: Hah, really?
Fiance: Yeah. A calorie is a unit of energy, specifically heat. So something cooked 10 seconds less will have many more calories.
Me: Very interesting. Did you learn that at Serve Safe?
Fiance: So, if you ate more overcooked food, you eat less calories. No. In chemistry and, um, thermal equilibrium.
Me: It’s funny that you learned it there.
Fiance: Food burns because it hits the calorie threshhold and doesn’t have anything to control heat.
Me: I didn’t know that.
Fiance: Most people don’t. When a food is entirely out of calories, it ignites.
Me: Cooking makes so much more sense now.
I’ll stop there ’cause it’s long and I think I posted all the relevant things. Also, I’m not sure what’s with the weird text sizes.