Calorie Detective, a Casey Neistat Short About Calorie Discrepancies on City Restaurant Menus

Local filmmaker and internet celebrity Casey Neistat made this great little Op-Doc video for the New York Times which tests average foods in a lab to see how they match up with their posted calorie counts.

For this Op-Doc video, I selected five items I might consume in an average day: a muffin, a tofu sandwich, a Subway sandwich, a Starbucks Frappuccino and a Chipotle burrito. Then, two food scientists at the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center painstakingly tested the caloric content of each using a device called a bomb calorimeter. It’s a precise but slow process — taking more than an hour per sample. The results were surprising.

Read through the accompanying article for more info on the methodology and results.

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