“What 200 calories looks like in various foods.” {Photos}

Via elephant journal
on Feb 17, 2013
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“200 calories in each plate. Think twice! Or not.” (imgur.com)

200 calories in each plate. Think twice! Or not

200 calories food

It’s not, fundamentally, about calories. It’s about wellness. It’s about self-nurturing.

Not all of this is fully accurate, or important. But it’s all illuminating: (I’ll take an apple, please)

First, let us all acknowledge “that calories are not the sole measure for the health value of food.” Nutritional benefit in milk, for example, well exceeds that of Coke.

For more. (Source)

For burritos and,,,sexytime).

Just about every one of the below blows my mind and doesn’t surprise me, much, simultaneously.

Except for the small pile of Doritos. Those just blew my mind:

Also, here’s what you can do with broccoli. It’s delicious.

“Did you know that 200 calories equates to 588 grams of broccoli but a mere 51 grams of gummy bears? Find out more interesting facts like this in this insightful infographic.”


How to grow your own food:

Mindful tips on how to run on a Plant-based diet:


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28 Responses to ““What 200 calories looks like in various foods.” {Photos}”

  1. Krista says:

    How is it possible that a small piece of baguette bread can have as many calories as half a Jack-in-the-Box burger and also as many as nearly a whole donut? That doesn't make sense to me… ?

  2. SnowfoxBandit says:

    I make that broccoli ALL THE TIME. I can vouch for its awesomeness! It's like broccoli candy!

  3. Niki says:

    Yahoo on the broccoli, carrots, celery, kiwi and grapes!

  4. Smith_Scott says:

    A plateful of Splenda? Chemical sweetener with neuro-toxic effects…..MMMMMMM. What some people will do to avoid a few calories of sugar?

  5. Jessebrooks says:

    Absurd. Who published this? A plate of celery has the same caloric content as half of a cheeseburger? Obviously, this hardly factual.

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  7. Helbowie says:

    Why is it absurd? It's true. I've measured it for myself. I don't get why it's hard to believe; half a cheeseburger contains a lot of saturated fat so therefore high in calories. Celery contains no fat therefore much much lower in calories.

  8. Helbowie says:

    Again, why? It is what it is.

  9. dara says:

    half an onion can have as many calories as an egg? who knew?!

  10. Sara says:

    Pretty stupid guide….Yes how can celery which is mostly water and fiber be equal in calories to the high fat half cheeseburger… and the red onion?…..it is not a "mini pepper"

  11. Sara says:

    They are not telling you that one is higher in calories than the other….they are telling you that both have the same 200 calories….that's why it makes no sense.

  12. Cam says:

    Really? Are you serious….it's a monster plate of celery..a pile…it has calories and they add up if you ate that much. So yes, half a burger would be the same as a massive plate of celery. It's basic math? Just like a tonne of bricks weighs the same as a tonne of feathers. c'mon people! 🙂

  13. tabitha says:

    because the bread is created with super refined bleached flour , super refined white sugar, yeast and vegetable oil. refined bleached flour has no nutritional value, same with the sugar. vegetable oil needs to be eaten in small amounts.

  14. tabitha says:

    the guide is off a bit…
    one whole avocado is closer to 320 calories

  15. Michelle says:

    aren't most burger buns from chains made with the same (crappy) ingredients? I must admit to being puzzled by this also…

  16. Kelly says:

    Those are delicious looking grapes.

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  18. Bree says:

    Splenda is a chemical product, not a food.

  19. Luella says:

    Milk is not nutritious!

  20. elephantjournal says:

    Well, it might not be your cup of tea, or others' (I'm vegan, for example) but it's better than Coke. For us, if not the animal getting milked.

  21. solomon says:

    hum… people still count calories??????

  22. Charles says:

    A few of the ones imaged are far from accurate representations, and before any of you slam me (as in the replies to others who mentioned this in the comments earlier), please do you homework to determine actual 200 calorie portion sizes. They are either too small (or in one or two cases too big). Only seems to be an issue for the healthy choices (ie ones that don’t tend to have a calorie label on them in the store and would require research and portion determination).

    To really get to ~200 calories:
    40 stalks of celery (barely 20-25 imaged)
    3.25-4 med to lrg red onion (not 1 + 2 halves – ie 2)
    1/2 avocado that size, not a whole one as shown
    About 5/8 the kiwi pictured (only need 5 whole kiwi and more like 8 are represented in the pic albeit sliced, though I know what 5 kiwi look like cut up)

  23. Emily says:

    Many of these are miscalculated.
    1 avocado=roughly 320 calories
    You would need 40 stalks of celery to get to 200 calories, so twice the amount shown.
    1 cup of grapes (which is what looks to be imaged) is 60 calories. 2 cups, which is a rather large bowl is only 120.

  24. Jess says:

    If you want more info on calorie content Calorieking.com has a great data base to see what nutritional value is in what you're eating and it gives the calorie content.

  25. @Rex says:

    It's a "sandwich roll", just look at the size in the picture… it's way bigger than the whole freaking donut, not to mention the half of a deathburger.

  26. h4x354x0r says:

    I agree with others that the actual portion sizes shown for various items is not actually 200 calories. Coke Classic 20oz is 250 Cal; those are two pint glasses shown, both ~2/3rds full, that's at least 20oz of soda. Definitely more than 200 calories, but as Charles and Emily noted, not as far off as the pictures of celery and avocados.

  27. Joe says:

    A 200 pound pile of bricks looks MUCH different than a 200 pound pile of feathers. Think about it.

  28. MonkeyChief says:

    I think I see a trend!