Are all calories created equal

While a calorie may be a calorie when it comes to the mathematical equation of weight loss, there’s more to it. Calories are a unit of energy. The total calories a food or beverage provides depend on the number of grammes of carbohydrates, protein, fat and/or alcohol contained.
The number of calories though, does not predict how we’ll feel afterward. For example, a 200-calorie snack of an apple with peanut butter is going to help you feel fuller and more satisfied than a 200-calorie snack of chips.
The difference is in not only the food composition, but food volume as well. The apple and peanut butter snack will provide fibre, fat, water and some protein. The majority of these attributes are lacking when it comes to the chips.
Think volume too: the apple snack will stretch the stomach more due to its larger size, sending that fullness signal to the brain. The 200 calories worth of chips also are going to be digested and leave the stomach faster than the apple because there’s not much breakdown that needs to happen.
We also can’t talk about this topic without referencing health outcomes. It is well known that the composition of one’s diet, or dietary pattern, is significant.
A plant-based diet containing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, unsaturated fats and lean proteins provides the body with balanced nutrition that can decrease the risk of chronic conditions.

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