What Does 200 Calories Look Like…

Some foods have significantly more calories than others but what does the difference actually look like.  Each of the photographs below represents 200 Calories of the particular type of food; the images are sorted from low to high calorie density. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat.  The average adult needs to consume about 2000 – 2500 Calories to maintain their weight.  In other words, you have a fixed amount of calories to “spend” each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

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6 thoughts on “What Does 200 Calories Look Like…

  1. Americans have no sense of calories based on what they see; having been trained to want more and more and be disappointed when ‘proper sized servings’ are given to them.

  2. I get confused about popcorn. Let’s assume that it doesn’t have anything such as butter added. It has a lot of volume, is a snack food, great for movies, and I have always assumed that it has a lot of calories like potato or corn chips. However, if you look at the portion of corn before it is popped, it looks like less or equal to a portion of corn cooked on the dinner plate. So I guess popcorn is low in calories for its volume???

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