Calories vs Carbs

Nutrition Facts: Calories VS. Carbohydrates


Although Calories and Carbohydrates are two things one has to consider in monitoring weight and overall intake, they are entirely different concepts.  Calorie is a unit of measure that represents the amount of energy a food contains. Hence all food types be it a carbohydrate, protein, or fat, contains calories. Calorie is also termed as kilocalorie and is abbreviated as kcal. The recommended calorie intake is 2700 kcal for men and 2200 kcal for women. Weight Watchers diet entail calorie-restriction. However, it is important to take note that without sufficient calories in the body, a person may suffer from heart problems, under nutrition, protein and energy malnutrition, and both chronic and communicable diseases. Foods high in calories include butter, peanut butter, salad dressings, cheese, fried foods, meats, sweets, and processed foods.

Carbohydrates on the other hand are organic compounds composed of carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen. They usually pertain to foods rich in starch and sugars (both complex and simple sugars) and each gram of carbohydrate is equivalent to 4 kcal. The recommended daily intake of carbohydrates is around 225 to 325 g. A famous diet associated with carbohydrate restriction is the Atkins diet; but too much carbohydrate restriction may lead to nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and ketosis. Food high in carbohydrates include bread, root crops, rice, potatoes, fruits, soft drinks, sweets, sodas, beans, noodles, pasta, and cereals.


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