How do I define calorie?
Calorie is the amount of energy in any drink, food or snack we consume. Food weight is measured in Kilograms, food liquid is measured in liters and food energy is measured in calories. The amount of calorie you take in your food could increase or reduce your body weight. More calorie consumed stores fat in the body and consuming less calories helps loose weight. Empty calories are foods with lots of energy and little or no nutrients
How much calories are enough?
That depends on you and your lifestyle. A resting adult would need less calories than a working adult and a too active adult like an adult involved in professional sports would need even more calories than the resting and working adults.
What is a calorie count diet? Being conscious of the amount of calories in everything consumed in a day. you would be able to tell how many calories you had in your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and drinks in a day.
Do I have to go on a calorie count diet? If you are thinking of losing weight, gaining weight or maintaining your current weight the answer is Yes.
How many calories should I eat per day? First you need to know your BMI to know if you are under weight, over weight or the right weight. Then you need to know how many calories you currently consume per day. Equipped with this information, you can have more, less or the same number of calories a day.
Some food have more calorie than others. The amount of calories in Fatty foods are the highest followed by Carbohydrates. Calories in Protein are less than those in carbohydrates but more than in Vitamins.
How many calories in – African foods?
Palm oil – 1 tablespoon – 9 cal
Sunflower oil – 1 tablespoon – 8 cal
Margarine – 100g – 717 cal
Yam – 100g – 130 cal
Gari – 100g – 350 cal
Rice – 100g – 103 cal
Green Plantain – 100g – 116 cal
Ripe Plantain – 100g – 122 cal
Beans – 100g – 63 cal
Smoked Fish – 100g – 220 cal
Chicken – 100g – 187 cal
Goat meat – 100g – 143 cal
Sources of vitamins are mostly in fruits and vegetables
Okra – 100g – 33 cal
Scotch Bonnet – 100g – 28 cal
Onions – 100g – 35 cal
Tomato – 100g – 14 cal
Orange – 100g – 36 cal
Banana – 100g – 81 cal