Wednesday, November 7, 2012

snack-time - calories vs nutrition

snack-time - calories vs nutrition


I found this on the 9gag.com blog.

snack-time - calories vs nutrition

A couple of thoughts on calories and nutrition:
  • Paying attention to calories will get you 90% of where you want to go.
  • Calories are simply energy, and your body was made to process, store, and then burn (use) energy, regardless of what form it was in when it entered your body.
  • Some calories (sugars and simple carbs) require less processing than others (fat and protein), but the end result is the same.
  • Some foods are more calorie-dense than others, meaning you will feel more full from the same amount of calories. For example, that plate of fruit in the picture above would be a filling snack. Yet 280 calories of Cheetos would barely take the edge off your hunger. (in the picture above, a Snickers bar is 280 calories, which must be the same as 1090kj.)
  • Nutrition plays a role in that last 10%. You can lose weight by counting calories, even if you eat crap. But eventually a lack of nutrition will cause other problems for your body. Eating a variety of less-processed foods helps you capture more vitamins and nutrients.

What are you snacking on today?

-Chris Butterworth

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