What is a calorie? Why does it matter?
One gallon of automotive gasoline contains approximately 35,000 Calories. One gram of cardboard contains about 7 Calories. Don’t eat either of those.
A Calorie is a unit of measurement. Technically we use kilocalories when we talk about Calories in food. So in terms of nutritional labels a Calorie is the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of a kilogram of water by 1 degree Celsius.
Yes, you could test the Calorie count of anything.
A Calorie is a measurement of energy potential. It is a great tracking tool you can use to determine how much food energy you need in a day, and how much you use.
So, why does it matter?
It matters because a food’s caloric measurement isn’t all you need to know about the food you eat. Calorie count tells you the "energy" value of a particular food. When we consider calories as the determining factor of a foods value, we overlook the fact that not all calories are created equal.
Consider this: A 2oz Snickers bar (guilty pleasure) chased down with a 12oz soda yields a whopping 416 calories. An 11oz vanilla milkshake from many drive-through vendors will give you about 360 calories. And then there is this:
Stuffed Chicken & Sautéed Kale with Pine Nuts (recipe original post by Ashley Rick at Pomegranate Bandit).
a serving of this deliciousness packs a protein filled 369 Calories