On April 18th on food politics blog, marion nestle posted an entry titled  “Nutritionist’s notebook: Consuming Calories.” (It can be found at http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/04/nutritionists-notebook-consuming-calories/)

She answes questions about nutrition for NYU’s student newspaper on Tuesdays. This entry was a response to the question: With finals approaching ,many students will be staying up very late. Is the time of day important in relation to when you are consuming most of your calories? What are some good late-night, study snack options for students?

This is relatable to my life because, well, finals are approaching and I often find myself snacking very late at night.

She answers that calories are the determining factor when it comes to body weight. We know this. If you eat more calories than you need, you’ll gain weight.

What’s important is where you get your calories from. What’s confusing to some is that a healthy diet, consisting of vegetables, fruit, and grains all contain calories. They are everywhere. We might as well get used to it.


Apparenty, when we eat calories is not a problem, according to this article. This is shocking to me because I was always told that time certainly DOES matter. However, the tricky thing here is that if you are adding late-night calories after you have eaten full meals during the day… your weight will creep up on you.

There is a debate whether the more times a day people eat, the more calories they will consume, vs. consuming small amounts of food consistently throughout the day will help one maintain their weight.

This blog advises that a reasonable snack is one that is real, and relatively unprocessed. For example: fruits, vegetables, nuts, yogurt, cheese, crackers, sandwiches, salads. She even said that pizza can do the trick if it’s thin crust and not overflowing with cheese! Yum!

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