January 09, 2007

More than a number

What exactly does 200 Calories mean?

One calorie is a measurement of heat that it takes to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celcius at 1 atmospheric pressure. A "Calorie" with a capital "C" is a kilocalorie... and the unit that we usually refer to in our diets. So, 200 Calories raise 200 kg of water 1 degree celcius.

That's a fun fact for trivia geeks, but nearly meaningless to people who are trying to diet.

Here's a website that shows you
what exactly 200 Calories look like.
iVillage has a few tasty 200 Cal snack options and the Cleveland Clinic has a few other 200 Cal recommendations.

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