Calorie Counter

The word calorie is quite a common word.

‘Ice cream is loaded with calories’ or ‘watch your calories to lose weight’, ‘Count the calories’ and so on…

But, when people talk about the calories in food, what do they exactly mean? Let’s find out.

A calorie is a unit of measurement – a unit of energy. When you hear something contains 100 calories, it’s a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it.

Are Calories Bad for You?

Calories aren’t bad for you. Your body needs calories for energy. But eating too many calories – and not burning enough of them off through activity – can lead to weight gain. Hence, the need to know which foods have how many calories or in other words, which food will provide you with how much energy to the body.

Most foods and drinks contain calories. Some foods, such as lettuce, contain few calories. (A cup of shredded lettuce has less than 10 calories.) Other foods, like peanuts, contain a lot of calories. (A half of a cup of peanuts has 427 calories.)

Simple measurements and their meanings-

 

1 kilo joule(kj) = 1000 joules

1 kilo calories = 1000 gram calories

1 calorie = 4.18 kj

1 g fat= 9 cal=38 kj

1 g carbohydrate= 4 cal= 17 KJ

1 g of protein = 4 Cal = 17 kJ

 

ü      The above means that if you know how many grams of each nutrient (read fats, proteins or carbs) are in a food, you can easily calculate the total calories. You would multiply the number of grams by the number of calories in a gram of that food component. For example, if a serving of potato chips (about 20 chips) has 10 grams of fat then this implies that 10gms of fat x 9 calories per gram = 90 calories are from fat. Simple.

We should ideally aim for eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes the right number of calories – not too many, not too few

Calorie counter

 

The calorie counter or chart given on this page makes calorie counting simple for foods like vegetables, fruits, cereals, breads and milk products. You can use this chart to know the calories in your favorite vegetable, fruit or cereals and make your own low calorie recipe.

 

Calorie Counting Chart:


Know the calorie content of various food items.

Calories in Fruits per 100 Grams

The values are in Calories. Multiply by 4.18 to get values in kJ.

Apple

56

Avaacaado Pear

190

Banana

95

Chickoo

94

Cherries

70

Dates

281

Grapes Black

45

Guava

66

Kiwi Fruit

45

Guava

49

Lychies

61

Mangoes

70

Orange

53

Orange juice 100ml

47

Papaya

32

Peach

50

Pears

51

Pineapple

46

Plums

56

Strawberries

77

Watermelon

26

Pomegranate

77

Watermelon

16

Calories in Vegetables per 100 Grams

Broccoli

25

Brinjal

24

Cabbage

45

Carrot

48

Cauliflower

30

Fenugreek (Methi)

49

French beans

26

Lettuce

21

Mushroom

18

Onion

50

Peas

93

Potato

97

Spinach 100g
Spinach 1 leaf
Spinach 1 bunch

26
2
78

Tomato

21

Tomato juice 100ml

22

Calories in Cereals per 100 Grams

Bajra

360

Maize flour

355

Rice

325

Wheat flour

341

Calories in Breads per piece

1 medium chappati

119

1 slice white bread

60

1 paratha (no filling)

280

Calories in Milk & Milk Products per cup

Butter 100gms.

750

Buttermilk

19

Cheese

315

Cream 100gms.

210

Ghee 100gms

910

Milk Buffalo

115

Milk Cow

100

Milk Skimmed

45

Calories in Other Items

Sugar 1 tbsp

48

Honey 1 tbsp

90

Coconut water 100 ml

25

Coffee

40

Tea

30

 

 

To know calories in your favorite food preparations, snacks and recipe, feel free to post your request in the comment section.

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