What DOES 100 calories look like?

What DOES 100 calories look like?

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    Would you prefer a plate of strawberries or three squares of chocolate?

    Or would you choose four peaches over a small sliver of cheese?

    Many of us have no idea how many calories are in the snacks we eat day in day out.

    Dietician Helen Bond has produced a guide to a range of popular snacks for MailOnline, each of them making up 100 calories.

    ‘A lot of people underestimate how many calories are in our food,’ said Mrs Bond, of Spring Vale Dietetic Clinic in Derbyshire.

    ‘Calories provide a useful guide as to what we are taking into our bodies.

    ‘They are not the be all and end all – other nutritional information such as fat content is also important – but the calorific information on food packaging makes people much more mindful of what they are eating.’

    Researching exactly how much food makes up 100 calories, she found that portions are surprisingly small.

    Four and a half brazil nuts, for example, provides 100 calories.

    Three quarters of a can of Coca Cola or 80 blackberries provides the same energy.

    One and a half custard cream biscuits or six and a quarter marshmallows is all it takes to hit the same limit.

    Mrs Bond said: ‘For foods that are nutritionally dense it does not take much to get to 100 calories. A quarter of a pain au chocolat pastry, for example, is just a few bites.

    ‘This does not give you the whole picture – some of these are healthy options and some are naughty treats.

    ‘But it provides a useful gauge to understand what 100 calories looks like.’

    Think twice about chomping on a whole pain au chocolat, as a quarter is 100 calories

    Fizzy drink fans will be disappointed that just three quarters of a can of Coca Cola is 100 calories

    Fizzy drink fans will be disappointed that just three quarters of a can of Coca Cola is 100 calories

    Good news for fruit lovers as one apple  and a handful of grapes makes for a healthy 100 calorie snack

    Good news for fruit lovers as one apple and a handful of grapes makes for a healthy 100 calorie snack

    But bad news for ice cream fans as one scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream ice cream is 100 calories

    But bad news for ice cream fans as one scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream ice cream is 100 calories

    A third (85g) of an American blueberry muffin makes for a quick 100 calorie snack

    A third (85g) of an American blueberry muffin makes for a quick 100 calorie snack

    Or why not crunch on four and a half Brazil nuts instead?

    Or why not crunch on four and a half Brazil nuts instead?

    Quench your thirst with one 200ml glass of Tropicana orange juice

    Quench your thirst with one 200ml glass of Tropicana orange juice

    Or spend a while longer chomping  one medium banana

    Or spend a while longer chomping one medium banana

    For a protein-rich snack choose one boiled medium size egg (57g) and a solider of wholemeal toast

    For a protein-rich snack choose one boiled medium size egg (57g) and a solider of wholemeal toast

    Whereas a plate piled high with 80 blackberries contains the same number of calories

    Whereas a plate piled high with 80 blackberries contains the same number of calories

    Will a third of a bottle of Frijj Chocolate milkshake (150ml) stem your hunger?

    Will a third of a bottle of Frijj Chocolate milkshake (150ml) stem your hunger?

    Or would you prefer to much down four peaches?

    Or would you prefer to much down four peaches?

    Or why not indulge in one and a half custard cream biscuits?

    Or why not indulge in one and a half custard cream biscuits?

    A stingy six and a quarter marshmallows contains 100 calories

    A stingy six and a quarter marshmallows contains 100 calories

    Beer lovers won't cheer the fact there's 100 calories in just half a pint of bitter

    Beer lovers won’t cheer the fact there’s 100 calories in just half a pint of bitter

    And it's hard cheddar for cheese lovers, as a 20g chunk is 100 calories

    And it’s hard cheddar for cheese lovers, as a 20g chunk is 100 calories

    Two rye crispbread with one tablespoon of low fat soft cheese spread make a wholesome 100 calorie snack

    Two rye crispbread with one tablespoon of low fat soft cheese spread make a wholesome 100 calorie snack

    If you're opting for crisps, choose a 100 calorie  packet of seasalt flavoured Popchips (23g)

    If you’re opting for crisps, choose a 100 calorie packet of seasalt flavoured Popchips (23g)

    Or why not go for one finger of a Twix and share the other half?

    Or why not go for one finger of a Twix and share the other half?

    A whole  pot of fat-free yoghurt (125g) and one apple will keep you full until lunch

    A whole pot of fat-free yoghurt (125g) and one apple will keep you full until lunch

    Wine connoisseurs won't get much within the allowance - one 125ml glass of white wine contains  100 calories

    Wine connoisseurs won’t get much within the allowance – one 125ml glass of white wine contains 100 calories

    Or for something more substantial, go for one slice of fruit loaf (35g) with one teaspoon of low fat spread

    Or for something more substantial, go for one slice of fruit loaf (35g) with one teaspoon of low fat spread

    Just two Jaffa Cakes - containing 100 calories - will be wolfed down in an instant

    Just two Jaffa Cakes – containing 100 calories – will be wolfed down in an instant

    Or smother one slice of wholemeal bread (78g) - or toast  - with 1tsp (5g) of peanut butter

    Or smother one slice of wholemeal bread (78g) – or toast – with 1tsp (5g) of peanut butter

    Enjoy eight carrot sticks and a tablespoon of salsa for another healthy snack

    Enjoy eight carrot sticks and a tablespoon of salsa for another healthy snack

    Meat lovers will have to make do with just one and a half rashers of streaky bacon

    Meat lovers will have to make do with just one and a half rashers of streaky bacon

    Could you eat just half a bar of Cadbury's Dairy Milk?

    Could you eat just half a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk?

    Four and a half walnuts will be munched down in a matter of seconds

    Four and a half walnuts will be munched down in a matter of seconds

    Spread one tablespoon of reduced fat hummus on an oat cake and nibble on it with cucumber slices

    Spread one tablespoon of reduced fat hummus on an oat cake and nibble on it with cucumber slices

    Or enjoy a whole pack of Twiglets original (24g) 

    Or enjoy a whole pack of Twiglets original (24g)

    An entire plate of 27 strawberries contains just 100 calories

    An entire plate of 27 strawberries contains just 100 calories

    Or why not swallow a tablespoon of sunflower seeds?

    Or why not swallow a tablespoon of sunflower seeds?

    A tablespoon of sweet raisins also contains 100 calories

    A tablespoon of sweet raisins also contains 100 calories

    Chomp on seven fruit pastilles and give the rest of the pack away

    Chomp on seven fruit pastilles and give the rest of the pack away

    Enjoy dipping vegetable crudites into a big dollop (three tablespoons or 36g) of reduced fat hummus

    Enjoy dipping vegetable crudites into a big dollop (three tablespoons or 36g) of reduced fat hummus

    Half a Kit Kat Chunky eats up the 100 calorie allowance in a flash

    Half a Kit Kat Chunky eats up the 100 calorie allowance in a flash

    For some natural sweetness, there is just 100 calories in  eight dried apricots

    For some natural sweetness, there is just 100 calories in eight dried apricots

    Two rye crispbreads topped with two tablespoons of cottage cheese (80g) 

    Two rye crispbreads topped with two tablespoons of cottage cheese (80g)

    photo: toyourhealth.com

    SOURCE dailymail.co.uk
    Unbreen Fatima
    Broadcast Journalist from Pakistan. Currently associated with DW as Freelance Correspondent. Several years of experience as a journalist in radio, newspaper, online and TV journalism.

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