WHAT obesity is a growing health problem in the UK, a high quality calorie campaign has been launched in that country to raise awareness of the type of food they eat.
“Not only should we look at the number of calories we consume, but on the quality of nutrition, that is, the intake of nutrients we need (including vitamins, minerals and fibers), but also to limit the intake of sugar, salt and saturated fats,” says British Nutrition Foundation who launched the campaign.
It is questionable whether counting “high-quality calories” will stop the crisis of obesity.
“If we want people to change nutritional habits, they need to better understand nutrition,” says coach Bernadette Dancy.
He says that the message reaching to the public needs to be simplified because so many tips and information on the body’s diet and loss can only confuse people.
“It’s great to see a message that counting calories are not too useful for health because it needs to focus on the energy gained. I think it would be better to educate people on macronutrients and how to cook balanced meals, “Dancy adds and explains that knowing the calories in some foods does not say anything about nutritious value.
“The pizza can contain up to 2000 calories which exceed the recommended daily intake for a woman, but it only gives a portion of the protein, healthy fat, fibre and carbohydrates that the body needs to be healthy and maintain its current weight. Calorie counting is not an effective way of losing weight or living alive. “
Because of this, Dancy advises people to be more aware of the amount of protein, fat, carbohydrates and fibres that they need in their body.
“The numbers will vary depending on gender, height, weight and body activity level, so it is advisable to look for a dietician, nutritionist or personal trainer who can help you with accurate calculation,” he concludes.