Counting calories can get exhausting, especially if you're trying to lose weight. Unless you're weighing or measuring everything you consume each day, it may be easier to have a general idea of how many calories everyday foods contain.
Calories are heat energy and two units of energy make up one calorie. Now while a lot of people avoid counting calories altogether, some find it useful for maintaining or losing weight.
In a useful infographic on calorie counts of some of the most popular foods, fitness and nutrition site How Many Calories Counter put together a list of unhealthy and healthy foods with high amounts of calories. The site found 100 grams of peanut butter for example, on average has 589 calories. The graphic also includes tips on snacking and foods that will help you bulk up.
Some research has shown processed foods like potato chips or pop can add up to an additional 54,750 calories per year if you eat it daily. And while it's impossible to avoid certain foods all year long, on average, females between the ages of 31 to 50 with low activity levels should be eating at least 1,800 calories a day, according to Health Canada.
Now while the calorie portion of all products are different, the infographic aims to give consumers average numbers — especially if you're watching your caloric intake. And while some brands offer low-calorie or healthier alternatives to everyday foods like rice, pasta and salad dressing, most of your meals can slash calories in half if you make them yourself.
Check out 17 foods we're probably eating every week with a significant amount of calories and check out the full infographic below:
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