Photo Series Showing What 200 Calories Looks Like in Different Foods (PART 2)

July 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

Wow. Our original post about this topic “What 200 Calories Looks Like” (which you can see HERE) attracted some serious attention and at the time of writing was viewed over 200,000 times. So we thought we’d continue the discussion with part 2.

As reported by WiseGeek, 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. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 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.

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So… based on the following pictures, which would you eat?

Pictures of 200 Calories of Various Foods

200 Calories of Celery
Celery - 1425 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Mini Peppers
Mini Peppers - 740 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Broccoli
Broccoli - 588 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Baby Carrots
Baby Carrots - 570 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Honeydew Melon
Honeydew Melon - 553 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Coca Cola
Coca Cola - 496 ml = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Red Onions
Red Onions - 475 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Apples
Apples - 385 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Green Peas
Canned Green Peas - 357 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Whole Milk
Whole Milk - 333 ml = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Kiwi Fruit
Kiwi Fruit - 328 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Sweet Corn
Canned Sweet Corn - 308 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Grapes
Grapes - 290 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Ketchup
Ketchup - 226 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Sliced Smoked Turkey
Sliced Smoked Turkey - 204 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Balsamic Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar - 200 ml = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt
Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt - 196 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Chili con Carne
Canned Chili con Carne - 189 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Black Beans
Canned Black Beans - 186 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Pork and Beans
Canned Pork and Beans - 186 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Eggs
Eggs - 150 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Cooked Pasta
Cooked Pasta - 145 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Avocado
Avocado - 125 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canned Tuna Packed in Oil
Canned Tuna Packed in Oil - 102 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Fiber One Cereal
Fiber One Cereal - 100 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Flax Bread
Flax Bread - 90 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Dried Apricots
Dried Apricots - 83 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Jack in the Box Cheeseburger
Jack in the Box Cheeseburger - 75 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Jack in the Box French Fries
Jack in the Box French Fries - 73 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Jack in the Box Chicken Sandwich
Jack in the Box Chicken Sandwich - 72 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of French Sandwich Roll
French Sandwich Roll - 72 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Blueberry Muffin
Blueberry Muffin - 72 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Sesame Seed Bagel
Sesame Seed Bagel - 70 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Tootsie Pops
Tootsie Pops - 68 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Hot Dogs
Hot Dogs - 66 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Wheat Dinner Rolls
Wheat Dinner Rolls - 66 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Corn Bran Cereal
Corn Bran Cereal - 60 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Bailey's Irish Cream
Bailey’s Irish Cream - 60 ml = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Smarties Candy
Smarties Candy - 57 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Uncooked Pasta
Uncooked Pasta - 56 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Blackberry Pie
Blackberry Pie - 56 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Cranberry Vanilla Crunch Cereal

Cranberry Vanilla Crunch Cereal - 55 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Cornmeal
Cornmeal - 55 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Wheat Flour
Wheat Flour - 55 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Peanut Butter Power Bar
Peanut Butter Power Bar - 54 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Puffed Rice Cereal
Puffed Rice Cereal - 54 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans - 54 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Puffed Wheat Cereal
Puffed Wheat Cereal - 53 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar - 53 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Glazed Doughnut
Glazed Doughnut - 52 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Salted Pretzels
Salted Pretzels - 52 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Medium Cheddar Cheese
Medium Cheddar Cheese - 51 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Fruit Loops Cereal
Fruit Loops Cereal - 51 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Gummy Bears
Gummy Bears - 51 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Splenda Artifical Sweetener
Splenda Artifical Sweetener - 50 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Salted Saltines Crackers
Salted Saltines Crackers - 50 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Werther's Originals Candy
Werther’s Originals Candy - 50 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories (69% of one serving) of Snickers Chocolate Bar
Snickers Chocolate Bar - 41 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Doritos
Doritos - 41 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Marshmallow Treat
Marshmallow Treat - 40 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of M&M Candy
M&M Candy - 40 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Peanut Butter Crackers
Peanut Butter Crackers - 39 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Cheetos
Cheetos - 38 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Potato Chips
Potato Chips - 37 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Hershey Kisses
Hershey Kisses - 36 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Sliced and Toasted Almonds
Sliced and Toasted Almonds - 35 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Fried Bacon
Fried Bacon - 34 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter - 34 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Salted Mixed Nuts
Salted Mixed Nuts - 33 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Butter
Butter - 28 grams = 200 Calories

200 Calories of Canola Oil
Canola Oil - 23 grams = 200 Calories

Answers to some questions and other notes:

 

Why 200 Calories? WiseGeek could have chosen any amount of Calories for this project, but they wanted something that gave tangible volumes for the entire range of items. They felt that 100 Calories of butter or oil would have yielded diminutive portion sizes; on the other hand 500 Calories of celery would have been virtually incomprehensible.

How did you choose which foods to include in the project? Many of the items WiseGeek chose just happened to be in the WiseGeek pantry; they chose the others because they wanted to display foods in a wide variety of categories. WiseGeek stayed away from prepared foods such as funnel cake and spanakopita because their Caloric content is closely tied to the particular recipe used; they also avoided some more obscure foods such as mangosteen and jackfruit.

The sorting can be misleading because items with liquid tend to appear less Calorie dense; that’s why you will find coke among the vegetables and cooked pasta significantly higher than uncooked pasta.

All pictures were taken with the same camera (Nikon D70 digital camera) and with the same setup; in other words, the portion sizes displayed are all relative to each other.

The plate is 10.25″ (26cm) in diameter and the bowl is 6.25″ (16cm)

This article deals with Calories only. Don’t forget that there are other considerations when choosing which foods to eat, such as nutritive value and diversity of your food choices.

The capital “C” in “Calories” throughout this article denotes dietary as opposed to physics calories.


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