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What 200 Calories Look Like in Different Foods

WiseGEEK conducted a very visual and informative study and presented a photo series, which compares what 200 calories actually look like in different foods. You’d think that even with the bikini season coming up, a handful of gummy bears couldn’t hurt much, right..? Well, turns out, just 51 gram of those gives you the same amount of calories as nearly 600 grams of broccoli or 3 whole eggs would. And now be honest – which of those amounts sounds more alike a proper and filling meal to you?

The study compares 71 different foods, and is originally organized going from low to high calorie density. You can really tell how the quantities are getting smaller towards the end of the list! Statistically an average adult needs 2000-2500 calories a day, but this, of course, differs depending on how physically active you are. So for those who don’t hesitate to sweat in the gym, a spoonful of peanut butter is a lot less of a sin!


Apples (385 grams / 13.5 oz)

Butter (28 grams / 0.98 oz)

Broccoli (588 grams / 20.7 oz)

Snickers Chocolate Bar (41 grams / 1.45 oz)

Cooked Pasta (145 grams / 5.11 oz)

Hot Dogs (66 grams / 2.33 oz)

Kiwi Fruit (328 grams / 11.6 oz)

Jack in the Box Cheeseburger (75 grams / 2.6 oz)

Eggs (150 grams / 5.3 oz)

Celery (1425 grams / 50.3 oz)

Blackberry Pie (56 grams / 1.97 oz)

Mini Peppers (740 grams / 26.1 oz)

Canned Black Beans (186 grams / 6.56 oz)

Werther’s Originals Candy (50 grams / 1.76 oz)

Jack in the Box Chicken Sandwich (72 grams / 2.5 oz)

Glazed Doughnut (52 grams / 1.8 oz)

French Sandwich Roll (72 grams / 2.5 oz)

Avocado (125 grams / 4.4 oz)

Canned Sweet Corn (308 grams / 10.9 oz)

Baby Carrots (570 gram / 20.1 oz)

Canned Green Peas (357 grams / 12.6 oz)

Canned Pork and Beans (186 grams / 6.56 oz)

Doritos (41 grams / 1.44 oz)

Dried Apricots (83 grams / 2.9 oz)

Jack in the Box French Fries (73 grams / 2.6 oz)

Fried Bacon (34 grams / 1.2 oz)

Fruit Loops Cereal (51 grams / 1.8 oz)

Grapes (290 grams / 10.2 oz)

Splenda Artifical Sweetener (50 grams / 1.8 oz)

Gummy Bears (51 grams / 1.8 oz)

Hershey Kisses (36 grams / 1.27 oz)

Honeydew Melon (553 grams / 19.5 oz)

Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (54 grams / 1.9 oz)

Ketchup (226 grams / 7.97 oz)

M&M Candy (40 grams / 1.4 oz)

Red Onions (475 grams / 16.75 oz)

Sliced Smoked Turkey (204 grams / 7.2 oz)

Coca Cola (496 ml / 16.77 oz)

Canola Oil (23 grams / 0.8 oz)

Smarties Candy (57 grams / 2 oz)

Tootsie Pops (68 grams / 2.4 oz)

Whole Milk (333 ml / 11.3 fl oz)

Balsamic Vinegar (200 ml / 6.8 fl oz)

Lowfat Strawberry Yogurt (196 grams / 6.9 oz)

Canned Chili con Carne (189 grams / 6.7 oz)

Canned Tuna Packed in Oil (102 grams / 3.6 oz)

Fiber One Cereal (100 grams / 3.5 oz)

Flax Bread (90 grams / 3.17 oz)

Blueberry Muffin (72 grams / 2.5 oz)

Bailey’s Irish Cream (60 ml / 2.02 fl oz)

Cranberry Vanilla Crunch Cereal (55 grams / 1.9 oz)

Cornmeal (55 grams / 1.94 oz)

Wheat Flour (55 grams / 1.94 oz)

Peanut Butter Power Bar (54 grams / 1.9 oz)

Puffed Rice Cereal (54 grams / 1.9 oz)

Puffed Wheat Cereal (53 grams / 1.87 oz)

Brown Sugar (53 grams / 1.87 oz)

Salted Pretzels (52 grams / 1.83 oz)

Medium Cheddar Cheese (51 grams / 1.8 oz)

Potato Chips (37 grams / 1.3oz)

Sliced and Toasted Almonds (35 grams / 1.23 oz)

Peanut Butter (34 grams / 1.2 oz)

Salted Mixed Nuts (33 grams / 1.16 oz)

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  • Bootsy ChaCha via Facebook


  • Moxie Lola Carroll via Facebook

    Unless you’re craving gummy bears….

  • Jacek Ambrosiewicz via Facebook


  • Ivan Krovyakov via Facebook

    gummy bears, of course, choice is obvious )

  • Elad Shochat via Facebook


  • Aleksandra Charłamow via Facebook

    ok, i’m hungry ._.

  • Victoria Lipp via Facebook

    gummy bears naturally

  • Amy Bonaiuto Lewis via Facebook

    Gummy bears… duh.

  • Auntie Merle via Facebook

    Potato chip and Bailey’s are the double winners! Who cares about the 1.4 kg Celery! Eating should be quality not quantity.

  • Morgana Benedetti via Facebook

    isn’t this from the guardian? or also published there?

  • Morgana Benedetti via Facebook

    yepp – actually yours is better has more variety of foods!

  • Randi Selinsky via Facebook

    It’s everywhere, really.

  • Clarke Baldwin via Facebook

    All I can think is how much I want half a cheeseburger from McDonalds now.

  • Sabine Priebe via Facebook

    i want broccoli now

  • Marika Chachanidze via Facebook

    yay for gummy bears!

  • Leo Wakelin via Facebook

    Celery. Fuck celery.

  • Wilder Rios Perez via Facebook


  • Spring Garrett via Facebook

    Yay red onions! Can totally pig out on those! :)

  • Guy Lewis via Facebook

    This proves it’s not really about calories but about why fats are in a food or product and what nutrients & vitamins you get for the calories.

  • Flabia Ulloa via Facebook

    very interesting (Y)

  • Linda Bickmore via Facebook

    ll take the baileys

  • Things I Like Today via Facebook

    sorprendente! :O

  • Miriam Fml via Facebook

    I’ll still go for the trail mix in moderation, some brands “organic” can still be high in calories but really good for you. I can’t stand celery or carrots even cooked

  • Lucy Barratt via Facebook

    all very well, but no gram for gram comparison

  • Marie Algotsson via Facebook
  • Lynne Faubert via Facebook

    Actually it makes me want to eat Werther’s candy, you get real bang for the # of pieces…

  • Deborah Saunders via Facebook

    I wish I didn’t love peanut butter now

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    This is awesome and totally speaks to exactly why I love to eat healthy, whole foods. You get so much more bang for your buck!

  • LeleLala

    This post is awesome

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  • anniethenon-orphan

    note to self: start eating more puffed items and celery. Also no more bowls of ketchup….

  • Gavin

    Peter is 100% correct but everything in moderation. I’m sure he’s not advocating eating butter until the cows come home, you couldn’t, you would puke pretty quickly.

  • Doug Deal

    It is not manipulative, but it is misleading. Absolute calorie content is not the same as usable calorie content. For example, eating fats with lots of fiber will result in fewer calories than eating fat alone. Also, sugars require very little effort to be utilized by the body, while proteins and fats require the use of energy to convert them into a usable form. Fat doesn’t go from the food to your thighs or belly, it has to first be converted to basic fat building blocks and rebuilt into your own fat.

    • Myschella Orlová

      I absolutly agree.

  • Elsa

    This post is extremely triggering for those of us with food issues. It makes me not want to eat anything. Ugh.

    • apricotjam

      why did you click on it then?
      its informative, creative and interesting and if you have issues with your eating you should stop looking at this sort of thing and get actual help instead of whining in the internet

  • Perse Hampurilainen

    I think you meant kilo calories (kcal) not calories, right?

  • Crystal

    This is only comparing CALORIES OF DIFFERENT FOODS. Nothing more – nothing less. What type of diet YOU choose to follow is up to you! Some count calories and eat all food groups, some eliminate carbs some don’t eat meat. There are many variations of “healthy” eating – if you are counting calories and are interested to know how much of a certain food equals 200 calories (EMPTY OR NOT) THEN LOOK ABOVE. If not – then MOVE ON..