Shed Calories

Get rid of  all leglisation that may  still require   food energy values to be expressed in 'Calories/calories/kilocalories'.  Food energy values should be expressed only in SI (metric) units, for example 'kilojoules' symbol 'kJ'. Guideline Daily Amounts could be expressed in 'megajoules' symbol 'MJ'.

The 'Calorie', also written as 'calorie', refers to the 'kilocalorie', this is an obsolete and unnecessary unit.

The Calorie/calorie/kilocalorie is only a supplementary indication (unit) and it should be phased out immediately.

The Royal Society made a recommendation about three decades ago that food energy should not be referred to as calories.  Terms like  'calorie intake' should not be used, instead use 'energy intake' or 'food energy intake'. For more information please see:

REPORT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY’S BRITISH NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

METRIC UNITS, CONVERSION FACTORS AND NOMENCLATURE IN NUTRITIONAL AND FOOD SCIENCES

Report of the Subcommittee on Metrication of the British National Committee for Nutritional Science

Proc Nutr Soc. 1972 Sep;31(2):239-47.

http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayFulltext?type=1&fid=980848&jid=PNS&volumeId=31&issueId=02&aid=655296

Why does this idea matter?

The 'Calorie', also written as 'calorie', refers to the 'kilocalorie', this is an obsolete and unnecessary unit.

The Calorie/calorie/kilocalorie is confusing; energy should only be expressed in legal units that are consistent – there should be a single measurement system in the UK – that's the SI (metric) system.

The continued use of supplementary units does not help complete metrication in the UK.

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