what 200 calories looks like for different foods what 200 calories looks like for different foods
jan 16, 2014

what 200 calories looks like for different foods

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
(above) hot dogs: 66 grams = 200 calories
all images courtesy of wisegeek




calories are a significant source of our daily nutrition and — as every food varies in its caloric value — it can be difficult to visualize the difference. wisegeek conducted a study of 71 edibles, each proportioned to a 200 calorie quantity, and photographed the results. the investigation reveals a vast range of outcomes that can be quite surprising and thought provoking about the foods we consume and how they might affect our bodies. 740 grams of mini peppers, a towering heap set on the plate, has the same caloric amount as 28 grams of butter, a miniscule chunk cut off the stick. take a look through the images below for a selection of images from the research project.

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
glazed doughnut: 52 grams = 200 calories

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
mini peppers: 740 grams = 200 calories

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
peanut butter: 34 grams = 200 calories

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
puffed wheat cereal: 53 grams = 200 calories

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
butter: 28 grams = 200 calories 

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
celery: 1425 grams = 200 calories

what 200 calories looks like for different foods
jack in the box cheeseburger: 75 grams = 200 calories

  • Yes this is true but what percentage of those calories come from fat or sugar or carbohydrates or protein?

    Lightmaker says:
  • this is brilliant – so often the data that we are every day presented with is completely contextless – this presents information in a far more tangible/translatable manner than columns of numbers or little boxes of text on the side of a package

    Mr. Tufte would most likely approve.

    dbkii says:
  • Please also add other dishes like fried chicken, steak, noodles… 😀

    Teina Hakuto says:
  • @Lightmaker, i agree. people still think a hand full of crisps (chips) is healthier than a hand full of natural nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashew, hazle and the likes) this is absurd! it is about time to let the population know the truth about this!

    izzi says:
  • If you grasp nutritional info, these pics DO indeed speak a thousand words. Good fat or bad, there are more than double the amount of calories in fat than in the other nutrient groups. Fact: to lose weight you need to restrict the amount of calories you consume/burn daily. So irrespective of the balance of nutrients you consume, a plateful of celery and one avocado is a far wiser option than half a Big Mac and chips, period.

    Mark De says:
  • @mark de, I almost agreed with you until you finished with the word “period”

    hebele says:
  • getting into these esoteric discussions about fat vs sugar vs carbohydrates vs protein vs transfats vs whatever is exactly wht this so brilliantly avoids – it dumbs down the basic info to a visual presentation that can be comprehended by anyone

    you get into these discussions with a huge segment of the population and I guarantee you’ll just watch their eyes glaze over as you pontificate – show them these illustrations and they’ll instantly get it – people like pictures, they don’t like to be lectured

    dbkii says:

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