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[*] posted on 8-14-2006 at 04:48 PM
Cool Food Facts

Check it Bleeds. This shit is always way too interesting to me.

Which is best, a grape or a grape tomato?

People trying to lose weight tend to underestimate the amount they eat by as much as 47 percent and to overestimate their physical activity by as much as 51 percent, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland asked 98 men and women how much they ate in a 24-hour period. Researchers found that six out of seven women underreported their food intake by an average of 621 calories, and six out of 10 men underreported by an average of 581 calories.

When the American Cancer Institute did a study asking Americans to determine the portion sizes of eight specific foods, only 1 percent got them all right. Sixty-one percent couldn't get more than four correct.

What should you do? Challenge yourself to find out what you're actually consuming. Keep track of everything you eat, even the small, insignificant foods, (e.g., a piece of gum or one grape) for at least three or four days. Advertisement

Why do those little things matter? Think about it: just 25 extra calories per day means an additional 2.5 pounds per year. Multiply that by 10 years, and you've put on 25 pounds - that's how it happens.

Here are the calorie counts for "just one" of a few different foods. And remember that you would have to walk for one minute to burn off every 4 calories you eat over your daily calorie budget (an average of 2,000).

- One Pringles potato chip vs. one McDonald's french fry

Believe it or not, one french fry has only 5 calories, while a single Pringle is double at 10 calories.

- One grape tomato vs. one green seedless grape

The winner: The grape tomato has only 1 calorie, whereas a green grape has 4. Both are great choices, however, particularly for their antioxidants - grapes have flavonoids and tomatoes have lycopene.

- One strand of whole-wheat spaghetti vs. one sip (tablespoon) of Campbell's Select Herbed Chicken with Roasted Vegetables Soup

The strand of spaghetti has only 3.5 calories, whereas the soup has 6.25 calories. Keep in mind, however, research indicates that eating a low-calorie soup is a great way to fill up before a meal.

- One stick of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit vs. one piece of Bazooka bubble gum

Who would think that chewing two or three pieces of gum a day adds up to 4.5 pounds per year? The winner here is Juicy Fruit at 10 calories, compared with Bazooka's 15.

- One M&M vs. one Jelly Belly vs. one Peppermint Altoid

M&Ms can be a pretty good deal at times, especially if you're comparing them with a regular candy bar (one bite of a Hershey's bar with almonds has 37 calories). Also, if you're sharing M&Ms, they split up nicely because you can pass the bag back and forth. However, they have 4.3 calories per piece, which add up fast as you're popping them into your mouth. As for jelly beans, they have 4 calories per bean. If you're satisfied with a few, that's great, but watch out for unconscious consumption.

Altoids and other mints are another story. They supposedly serve a function - to freshen your breath - so the calories don't matter, right? But know that one Altoid has almost 3.5 calories.

- One bite-size cube of cheddar cheese vs. one Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookie

Clearly, the cheese is the better choice nutritionally, but cheese is not a health food you can consume without guilt - a 1/2-inch cube has 55 calories, whereas the cookie has 37.5. Whenever possible, go with low-fat cheese.

- One Fritos Original Corn Chip vs. one cashew nut

Here again, the cashew has health benefits that far outweigh those of the nutritionally bland corn chip; however, cashews have 8.5 calories per nut, whereas Fritos have 5 per chip. So just because nuts are healthful doesn't give you carte blanche to overindulge - you're supposed to eat nuts in place of something else in your diet that's high in calories and nutritionally inferior, not simply add them.

- One broccoli floret vs. one baby carrot

Both are super vegetables. Carrots have the antioxidant beta carotene, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and promote better vision, while broccoli is high in vitamins A, C and K and a great source of iron and folate. OK, so which is lower in calories? It's the broccoli at 0.8 calories; the baby carrot has 1.25.
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[*] posted on 8-16-2006 at 01:31 PM

man, that's a crazy way of looking at it.

If I fail math, there goes my chance at a good job and a happy life full of hard work.
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