I made myself a traditional margarita last night and had to look it up in my cocktail recipe book. I haven’t had one in a while, so I was surprised at how little the amount in volume was. Then it struck me as to how many calories people are consuming when they go to a bar or restaurant and have that gigantic margarita. So let’s break it down.
The energy in alcohol is 7 kcals/gram. The energy in lime juice is 4 kcals/gram. Here, we have 2.5 oz. of alcohol, which equals 70.874 grams. We also have .5 oz. of lime juice, which equals 14.175 grams.
70.874 grams x 7 kclas/gram = 496 kcals (calories)
14.175 grams x 4 kcals/gram = 56 kcals (calories)
496 kcals + 56 kcals = 552 kcals (calories)
So, this tiny little glass contains 552 calories. Wow! Can you imagine what that gigantic margarita contains? Close to 3,000 calories.
Just like sweets and fats that need to be consumed sparingly, the same goes for alcohol.
Nutrition: the study of the nutrients in foods and in the body; sometimes also the study of human behaviors related to food.
Portlandia kicked off its fourth season with a sketch where a couple die of confusion. I laughed my ass off. This is absolutely true. Not that anyone is actually going to die of confusion, but their point is dead on. There are so many conflicting stories and misinformation in the media-sphere that one would not know what or who to believe. Like the line about how stretching is overrated, or the one about how electrolytes are bad for you, no electrolytes are god for you. And they go on to quote NPR, the New York Times, or the Atlantic Weekly.
I too am noticing a big rash of conflicting information. And the problem actually isn't the information or the scientific studies themselves, but rather the person that is doing the research for that particular media outlet. I believe that there are too many people in the editorial or fact checking departments that actually do not know what they are doing. Or they're being lazy editors and fact checkers, that they decide to re-post whatever ABC News or AP News posted. What they don't seem to get is that, in the science journals, the studies that get published are only just that--some grad student who needs to publish his or her master's thesis. Most of the time, the scientific study is for science sake and is not applicable to everyday life.
Like the stretching study, where two grad students working on their master's thesis published on how stretching hinders performance. First of all, they cherry picked past data to match their own. Then, the trials were performed on elite and professional athletes. The kind of test that was done was that the athlete does a specific stretch and immediately performs a skill (e.g. hamstring stretch, slam dunk). Like we can all slam dunk. The data collected only showed a 2 to 3 percent decline in performance. That kind of percentage is negligible and may not even make a difference for the average person. Now, how does this apply to real life? It doesn't. Never, in a million years, are you going to see Blake Griffin call time out, do a ham-stretch, and immediately inbound the ball and dunk. That's not how basketball works. Or any other sport for that matter. Stretching occurs during warm-up, which takes place an hour before the game starts and then there's another 15 minute warm-up just before the game. This is the most ridiculous scientific study ever. And still they got the whole health and fitness magazine industry up in arms telling their readers not to bother with stretching. OMG!
_Kinesiology is the study of human movement; my option, pedagogy, is the study of teaching. I teach and analyze human movement to create skilled movers.
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