them counted on food labels and now on restaurant menus. But
do you know what calories are?
Guy, a Mayo Clinic dietitian, says calories are units of
energy. And even though they are all technically the same, the
effect they have on your body can differ depending on what
kinds of food you eat.
calorie is a unit of energy," Guy says. "It is
calculated for various types of foods, more so in the
categories of calories from carbohydrates, protein and
calories are all technically the same.
the laws of science … all calories are created equal, but
our body breaks down carbohydrates, protein and fat very
differently," she says.
while 1,000 calories from a fast food burger and fries are
technically the same as 1,000 calories from lean meats, fruits
and vegetables, Guy says there are other health implications
you should consider when picking which foods to eat.
recommend the majority of your calories come from unprocessed
or minimally processed whole foods, since the quality of your
calories can impact your weight and your overall health,"
everyone’s calorie requirements are different. But getting
2,000 calories a day from lean chicken, whole grains, fruits
and vegetables is going to keep you healthier than getting
2,000 calories a day from processed foods that are high in
sugar and saturated fats.