Calorie Basics

Jillian Caroon

#1. What is a calorie?

A calorie is a unit of energy (in our body and in food.)

#2. Why do you need to eat calories/how does you body use it?

We need to eat calories because our body needs energy to do EVERYTHING. When our heart beats, when we blink; when we're doing anything we are burning calories.

#3. How do you calculate calories?

#c = amount of water "x" the change in temperature (final temperature - initial temperature)

#4. What is the difference between a calorie and a Calorie?

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#5. Why are gingerbread cookies so good?

Because they have so many calories to give you energy! DUH!
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#6. What does it mean if a food is calorie dense vs. low-calorie density foods?

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#7. What is an empty calorie?

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#8. How should the number of calories you consume compare to the number of calories you burn? What happens if they don't match?

If you want to gain weight, you would have to eat more calories than you burn, but if you wanted to lose weight, you would have to burn more calories than you eat. If they match, you won't gain weight nor will you lose weight.

#9. Some restaurants have started posting calorie information about all of their food items. Do you think this is a good idea?

For places like McDonalds, it's probably not the BEST idea to put your nutritional information out for everybody to see, because most of their food has no nutritional value.
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#10. Provide an example of a positive choice you can make regarding calories.

I could eat less calorie-dense foods in exchange of eating more foods with less calories, like fruits and vegetables.