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if you’ve ever checked the nutrition facts on your groceries, you probably saw this: “*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet” (here’s some insight on where that “2,000” comes from).  for those not used to counting calories, buzzfeed makes the daily caloric standard more tangible in the video above by showing it in terms of different food (bagels, burgers, pizza, etc.).  the clip was inspired by a post on wisegeek, which broke down the 2,000 into smaller portions:

“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 2,000 – 2,500 Calories to maintain their weight. In other words, you have a fixed amount of Calories to “spend” each day; based on the following pictures, which would you eat?”

each pic below shows what 200 calories of the food looks like (click on them to see the specific g/ml).  just a reminder though, healthy eating isn’t just about the amount of calories you consume.  you also want to make sure you’re getting the most nutritional bang for your caloric buck.

related: “i feel so sorry for the public”: the science/business of addictive junk food | is sugar toxic?

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what does 2,000 calories actually look like?

04/03/13 , , , , , , , ,

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