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Food for Thought: Calories & Science

I have spent quite a lot of time in analyzing how food compares in all types of categories.  I have done some quantifiable comparisons measuring CAL/GRAM and determining calorie density of food.  During the thru-hike we had used the CAL/GRAM comparison to measure how foods compare to one another, and which calories would give the best bang for the buck.  Lets run through a quick comparison and set the stage for what CAL/GRAM really means to YOU.

THE FOLLOWING EXAMPLES WERE BASED ON 100g SERVING SIZE.

Table of calorie density for foods from 1-8:

Green Beans 31 0.31
Carrots 41 0.41
Pineapples 48 0.48
Apples  52 0.52
Oatmeal 62 0.62
Dried Milk 64 0.64
Kidney Beans 82 0.82
Bananas 89 0.89
Black Beans 91 0.91
Wheat Bread 259 2.59
French Bread 274 2.74
Raisin Bran Cereal 321 3.21
Dried Blueberries 325 3.25
America cheese 337 3.37
Freeze Dried Blueberries 352 3.52
Creamy Wild Rice Soup 361 3.61
Brown Sugar 377 3.77
Cheddar cheese 403 4.03
Saltine Crackers 428 4.28
Chocolate Chips 479 4.79
Peanuts 567 5.67
Almonds 578 5.78
Cashews 581 5.81
Cashew Butter 587 5.87
Peanut Butter 588 5.88
Almond Butter 633 6.33
Olive Oil 884 8.84
Sesame Oil 884 8.84

Now obviously I just made a chart with a wide variety of things for you to analyze.  Please use this equation to examine foods around your house, or that you regularly consume... and what do you see?  Good?  Bad?  Not what you thought?  So if you study this chart for a few moments, you can begin to see the characteristics of food density.  I am going to be analyzing some foods coming up in the next couple of posts down the road.  I am planning on analyzing things like, if buying bars from expensive nutritional companies is better than buying the cheap supermarket brand.  I bet we have some seriously amazing results.  And I don't mean in favor of the expensive nutritional brands EITHER!!!

ALL THESE #S ARE JUST APPROXIMATE NUMBERS FROM A WEBSITE CALLED (http://www.fatsecret.com/)  PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THESE ARE JUST GUESTIMATES, BUT TO MY EXPERIENCE THEY ARE VERY ACCURATELY CLOSE TO WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN MY STUDIES.

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  1. Thanks...good article with some interesting data.

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