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C A L O R I E S


What are calories?

Calories measure the amount of energy stored in a food. All calories come from either carbohydrates, proteins, fats or alcohol.


How many calories do nutritionists recommend I eat every day?

Nutritionists give this list as a guideline to determine how many calories you should eat daily to maintain your current weight:

2,800 calories Teenage boys, many active men and some very active women
2,200 calories Most children, teenage girls, active women and many sedentary men. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding may need more calories
1,600 calories For many sedentary women and some older adults

To calculate your personal calorie requirements a little more accurately, you might want to try the University of Minnesota's K-Calculator.


What happens if I eat a very high-calorie diet?

The exact number of calories you need to eat daily to maintain (rather than lose or gain) your current weight depends in great part on how active you are -- very active people can consume many more calories without gaining weight. However, if you habitually consume more calories than your body can burn off, you will gain weight, and may become obese. Complications from obesity include high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and degenerative arthritis.


Some High Calorie Foods

ITEM SERVING CALORIES FAT SAT. FAT PROT. CARB.
PECAN PIE, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (122g)
502.5
27g
5g
6g
63.5g
CHERRY PIE, RECIPE 1 piece (180g)
486
22g
5.5g
5g
69.5g
CARROT CAKE, RECIPE W/CREAM CHEESE FROST. 1 piece (111g)
484
29.5g
5.5g
5g
52.5g
MINCE PIE, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (165g)
477
18g
4.5g
4.5g
79g
PECAN, COMMERCIAL 1 piece (113g)
452
21g
4.5g
4.5g
64.5g
APPLE, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (155g)
411
19.5g
4.5g
3.5g
57.5g
ITEM SERVING CALORIES FAT SAT. FAT PROT. CARB.
WHITE CAKE, RECIPE W/COCONUT FROST. 1 piece (112g)
399
11.5g
4.5g
5g
71g
PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (115g)
367
14g
3.5g
4g
58g
TWIX CANDY BAR, P-BUTTER 1 pkg. (58g)
307.5
18.5g
6.5g
6g
30.5g
YEAST-LEAVENED DOUGHNUT, W/CREME FILL 1 doughnut (85g)
307
21g
5.5g
5.5g
25.5g
FRUITCAKE, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (84g)
302.5
9.5g
1g
3g
54.5g
BOSTON CREAM PIE, FROM RECIPE 1 piece (93g)
293
12.5g
4g
4.5g
43g
ITEM SERVING CALORIES FAT SAT. FAT PROT. CARB.
BABY RUTH CANDY BAR 1 bar (60g)
288.5
12.5g
7.5g
4.5g
39g
TWIX CANDY BAR, CARAMEL 1 pkg. (57g)
284.5
14g
5g
2.5g
37.5g
5TH AVENUE CANDY BAR 1 bar (60g)
279.5
12.5g
3.5g
4.5g
41g
SNICKERS (M) 1 bar (57g)
273
14g
5g
4.5g
34g
Source: USDA - Nutrient Data Lab (Sept. 1996) - all data rounded to nearest 0.5





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