major reason for these disturbing statistics was first reported over two years
ago in a research
study which finally provided details on the amount of "empty" calories
Americans typically consume.
study found that almost a third of calorie intake comes
from foods such as soft drinks, junk food, candy, desserts, salty snacks and alcoholic
beverages. These comfort foods are what comprises the typical diet in America,
where obesity rates - not uncoincidentally - have reached epidemic proportions.
the rest of the human race feel that the typical American diet is unique, stop
and think about how many sweets, chips, fast food meals, beers and cocktails made
up your calorie intake in the last month.
Those yummy fried foods and quick snacks
that fill the spaces between meals, or in many cases replace healthy foods, are
a big source of calories no matter where in the world your kitchen may be located.
Typical calories in common foods, drinks & snack foods
Apple (medium size) = 100 calories
Bagel = 290 calories
Banana (medium size) = 100 calories
Pizza (plain cheese) = 140 calories
Grapes (1 cup) = 115 calories
Potato chips (1 oz.) = 155 calories
Whole milk (1 cup) = 100 calories
Tortilla chips (1 oz.) 138 calories
Egg = 78 calories
Cheetos (1.5 oz.) = 240 calories
Beer (12 oz.) =140 calories
Peanut butter (1 tbsp.) = 100 calories
Wine (1 glass) = 100 calories
Hershey's chocolate bar = 200 calories
As a guide to minimum calorie intake, dietary experts recommend that calorie levels never drop below 1200 calories per day for women or 1800 calories per day for men.
Of course, that all depends on how much body fat you already have stored in your body, as well as your normal activity level during the day. No matter what the newest 'miracle' diet may claim, physical exercise and watching what you eat are the two mainstays to shedding weight, and keeping it off.
about food & calorie intake around the Web:
on a diet, planning to go on a diet, or just curious about
the calorie or fat content found in common foods - check out
the resources below to learn more about the pounds you may
be putting on as a result.
you'll find caloric or fat content for a variety of snack foods with related information
on ethnic dishes, beer and alcohol, as well as popular fast
foods that may taste great but, as the experts advise, sometimes provide little
else but empty calories for the otherwise best-fed population on the planet......
Alcohol and Calories - Alcohol and calorie content
of about 200 popular beers by brand name listed alphabetically,
with related data and resource references.
Calorie Content Charts - A complete guide to popular
dishes by cuisine, including Italian, Mexican, Chinese, French,
Indian, American and Mexican foods.
in Indian Food-
Extensive listing of common Indian foods listed in energy
(eCal) values including cereals, condiments & spices,
meat & poultry, fruits & vegetables, nuts, roots and
tubers, fish, oils, butter, ghee and more.
many calories in Chinese food? - Table listing calories, carbs, protein
and typical fat content found in such popular dishes as egg rolls, Peking duck,
beef, fish and pork main dishes, soups and more.