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Why do Paleo recipe never list the Nutritional facts? I'm concerned with how many calories I'm eating

Answered on February 17, 2014
Created February 14, 2014 at 11:10 PM

Why do Paleo recipe never list the Nutritional facts? I'm concerned with how many calories I'm eating

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 17, 2014
at 02:00 AM

they have before. This is not a paleo phenomena. Virtually no recipe sites put nutrition facts on their site. Those that do pyt the nutrtion score of teh "raw" ingredients.

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:58 AM

And they go after bloggers?

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:52 AM

Can we stop this. I said the same thing when I started. But counting calories is a dietary practice that works. Do you have to count calories? no. Is it wrong to count calories? no.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:51 AM

because it's not all that accurate. And there are laws about presenting nutritional profiles, especially in North Carolina, Maryland, and California.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 17, 2014
at 12:33 AM

Don't see how calculating food calories/nutrients for a recipe blogger is any different than the home cook following the recipe.

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on February 17, 2014
at 12:19 AM

time consuming for a blogger who has to come up with a recipe, write a blog entry, take photos and promote. Not time consuming for the person following the recipe.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2014
at 12:11 AM

CICO has not be disproven. Ever.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2014
at 12:10 AM

I log daily (when I have a goal) and it's hardly time consuming, maybe a minute or two total per day.

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on February 15, 2014
at 09:48 PM

You assume that the mechanism to stop eating when sated works equally for all people. Sorry but it doesn't work that way. If I didn't keep some kind of track of what I eat I'd surely over snack. This is coming off a lifetime of eating just because it felt good rather than having anything to do with hunger. Paleo or not some people want to track and it isn't a bad thing at all. Let it be.

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on February 17, 2014
at 11:09 AM

Calories can vary greatly from one brand to another. Even individual fruits and cuts of meat vary because not every single food is identical, some have more sugars/fat/protein/micronutrients/etc. Plus, not everyone measures accurately. If a recipe calls for x amount of an ingredient, and you eyeball it, you're not eating the amount of calories calculated for the recipe. If you are concerned, use MyFitnessPal, calorie count.com, or fit day to track your calories. I'm not going to get on the whole CICO debate, if it works for you then it works for you.

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on February 17, 2014
at 08:32 AM

amsqueenbee, I feel that calories do not count. Someone recently told me that she couldn't have orange juice anymore and when asked why, she answered because on TV they compared the sugar content of one glass to that of a donut and guess which was worse. When I questioned her about if she'd be healthier eating the donut then she replied very quickly no! Calories make no account for nutritional value of the foods. Eating Paloe is about taking health into consideration first - calories like a BMI index are flawed and do no help you reach good health.

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:49 AM

yes, calories do count. but I disagree with Matt as to the primary reason.

It takes a lot of effort to generate the "nutritional profile" of a recipe. And even then it's only an estimate. It costs $145 to take a meal, send it to the lab, have them put it into a blender and them certify the nutritional profile.

Nothing I cook is ever the same as it was the previous time I cooked it, nor is it the same as the website. I use them mostly for ideas and not as a prescriptive to-do list.

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on February 16, 2014
at 12:09 AM

Because, for all the sounds science behind the paleo diet, there's an anti-scientific streak in paleo that eschews calories. Calories do count!

Why can paleos get away with not being overly concerned with calories? Because in its low carb form, it's essentially impossible to overeat. Cutting out grains and dairy - calorie-dense food sources - you're left with fewer options to fuel your diet. Also a factor is that grains and dairy are quite palattable and can drive hunger. Removing these, means you're placing them with lower calorie and foods that induce greater satiety.

As for recipes, unless you count up each individual ingredient and quantity, you won't get an accurate count of calories.

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on February 15, 2014
at 09:23 PM

Counting calories is not paleo. The calories-in-calories-out theory has been repeatedly disproven. As a quick example, when we sleep we burn much fewer calories than when we're awake, so if it were true, staying up all night long would help us slim down, instead, the opposite happens - we become more ravenous, and our insulin resistance rises to the same level of a type 2 diabetic, causing fat gain.

Once you get over any food addictions (sugar is one of the worst), you can trust your cravings and eat to satiation (not to gluttony) and it will be an appropriate amount of food, especially if you lower carb intake from the SAD to more natural levels (200g carbs/day and under - 50-100 if you're trying to slim down.)

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on February 17, 2014
at 01:52 AM

Can we stop this. I said the same thing when I started. But counting calories is a dietary practice that works. Do you have to count calories? no. Is it wrong to count calories? no.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2014
at 12:11 AM

CICO has not be disproven. Ever.

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on February 15, 2014
at 09:48 PM

You assume that the mechanism to stop eating when sated works equally for all people. Sorry but it doesn't work that way. If I didn't keep some kind of track of what I eat I'd surely over snack. This is coming off a lifetime of eating just because it felt good rather than having anything to do with hunger. Paleo or not some people want to track and it isn't a bad thing at all. Let it be.

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on February 14, 2014
at 11:16 PM

probably because it's time consuming, and if you use a different brand/amount/ingredient, you're going to come up with different numbers. plug the ingredients into the recipe tab on http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ and figure it out

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on February 16, 2014
at 12:10 AM

I log daily (when I have a goal) and it's hardly time consuming, maybe a minute or two total per day.

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