What 200 Calories Looks Like For Different Foods

These photos might make you rethink your next meal.

12. 29. 14 by Jolene Creighton
WiseGeek
Image by WiseGeek

We all like to eat. At least, everyone that I know likes to eat. And, of course, what we eat has a dramatic impact on our body. Although diet will vary from person to person, for the most part (according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture), the average adult needs about 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day.

With this in mind, some foods have significantly more calories than others despite being the same mass. So, what does the difference actually look like?

WiseGeek decided to put it in perspective through a series of photographs revealing what 200 calories of various foods looks like. Each example is on a plate 26 centimeters (10.25 inches) in diameter or in a bowl 16 centimeters (6.25 inched) across, and the photos are all shot from the same setup, so the pictures are relative. When you consider that an entire plate of broccoli contains the same number of calories as a small spoonful of peanut butter, you might think twice the next time you decide what to eat…or maybe not.

The below are just a few examples, but you can head over to WiseGeek to see the entire photo series.

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