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March 1st, 2011

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06:51 pm - Do burgers taste of grass?
I'm in the mood for a bit of a rant.

One of the fallacies that really winds me up is the "if you eat fatty foods you get fat" one. Seriously, how is this kind of metabolism supposed to work? You eat fat and your body extracts it and stores it on your belly (or hips)? I suppose when you eat protein it gets made into muscle, and any sugar you eat is spun into candy-floss and stored in your skull?

Burgers (supposedly bad because they have fat in 'em) are made of cow. Cows are made from a little cow and a lot of grass, recursively. Ultimately cows are made from a lot of grass and homeopathically small (bugger all unless you're really unlucky) amounts of proto-cow. Yet everyone knows that burgers don't taste of grass. Clearly, digestion and metabolism are more complicated than "store the appropriate bit of the food in the appropriate (or inappropriate) part of the body".

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Date:March 1st, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
The logic is that - weight-for-weight - fats are the most energy-dense member of the three [fat|carbohydrate|protein] food-groups.

So if you eat a given *weight* of food, the fat-richest option will contain the greatest number of calories - and any 'excess' calories [in whatever form they are ingested] will in turn be mutated by the Glycogen cycle and laid down in your body's fat-stores.

What do I know? well, my first job after graduating was programming an animal-feed mill to produce the contractually-specified protein/carbohydrate/fat component-ratios in pig-feed at the lowest-possible ingredient-cost. |d|i|g|i|t|a|l| PDP11/23 meets Animal Nutrition.

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