Thinking Beyond Calories. Part 1


Food for Thought, Thought for Food

The paper “Pathways and mechanisms linking dietary components
to cardiometabolic disease: thinking beyond calories” summarises the presentations and discussions at the 2017 CrossFit Foundation Academic Conference “Diet and Cardiometabolic Health – Beyond Calories”. I am pleased to see that there is some specific focus on this issue, namely that not all calories are equal, which I think is of great importance.

When you start reading the article, there does seem to be a bias though: the introduction clearly states that “there is no doubt that positive energy balance, due to excessive caloric consumption and/or inadequate physical activity, is the main driver of the obesity and cardiometabolic epidemics”. So if this seems to be clear, then the purpose of the conference, the presentations and this paper would be to look at other, less important, additional drivers of obesity and cardiometabolic disease. I think this sets the stage in a poor way…

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