Hidden Calories: Many foods that are eaten regularly do not appear to be especially caloric, rich in sugars or fat. And yet, many foods contain unsuspected calories. Massify tells you everything about hidden calories.

Focus on Calories

The exact term that one should use is “kilocalories.” A kilocalorie is a unit of measurement of the energy value of food. It is used to quantify the energy expenditure of the body or the energy contributed by the consumption of food. The number of calories ingested should not be a diktat. Knowing how many calories represents a food only allows you to control your weight better and know what you eat. The important thing is to eat balanced and know how to listen to your body in order to eat when you feel the need. The recommended daily energy in kilocalories is measured according to the age and physical expenditure of each individual. These are benchmarks, not bonds.

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Hidden Calories: Estimated Daily Energy Requirements

For a sedentary adult male, they range between 2000 and 2500 kcal per day for an adult man with little activity: between 2,200 and 2,700 kcal per day and for an active adult man: between 2,500 and 3,000 kcal per day. For a sedentary adult female, they range between 1,550 and 1,900 kcal per day for a weakly active adult: between 1750 and 2100 kcal per day and for an active adult woman: between 2000 and 2350 kcal per day. The daily energy intake recommended by the PNNS (National Program of Nutrition and Health)  is a woman between 1800 and 2200 kcals per day, for a man: between 2500 and 3000 kcals per day and for a senior it is after 60 years: 36 kcal/kg per day (which corresponds, for a person weighing 60 kg to 2160 kcal per day).

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Hidden Calories: What to eat in the restaurant?

In restaurants, the temptation is great, and when one wants to be “reasonable” and eat healthily, one generally turns to salads. Caesar salad, consisting of lettuce, croutons, parmesan, and chicken breast, accompanied by a white sauce made with oil, egg, and mustard, seems to be a good idea to have fun while eating healthy. But did you know that a Caesar salad contains, on average, 600 kcals and 36 g of fat? While a pavement of beef accompanied by vegetables provides, on average, 350 kcals.

For desserts in a restaurant, cheesecake accompanied by a red fruit coulis seems to be a less caloric choice. It is also a false friend. A cheesecake with a red fruit coulis contains an average of 331 calls. The sushi, trendy at the moment, appears to be low in calories, consisting only of raw fish, rice, and vegetables. But an assortment of 12 salmon sushi contains 570 kcal, as much as a McDonald’s Big Mac®. Be careful; this is a caloric comparison and not the lipids and fat contained. Sushis contain less fat (13 g) than a Big Mac® (26 g).

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Hidden Calories: The drinks

Drinks do not appear particularly caloric. Yet, many drinks regularly eat hide kilocalories and a large amount of sugar. Smoothies, often prepared from caloric fruits such as bananas or mangoes, also contain added sugars (enough to reach 450 kcal on average for a large glass!). Smoothies are nevertheless filled with vitamins necessary for the proper functioning of the body, especially when the fruits are mixed with the skin. Beware of industrial fruit juices type Pago® or Joker®, which often contain a lot of carbohydrates and are very caloric. A multi vitaminized juice contains, on average, 40 kcal per 100 ml and 9.5 g of carbohydrates.

A good alternative: prepare your own juices, which will be less sweety and generally richer in vitamins and nutrients. Starbucks® drinks are delicious but often as caloric as a hamburger. For example, a caramel macchiato tall (355 ml) with semi-skimmed milk contains 178 kcal and 25 g of carbohydrates. A Chai Tea Latte tall (355 ml) with semi-skimmed milk contains 179 kcal, 33 g of carbs, 3 g of lipids, of which 1.9 g of saturated fatty acids. A white mocha with whipped cream in tall with semi-skimmed milk contains 369 kcals, 48 g of lipids, 15 g of lipids, including 10 g of saturated fatty acids.

Flavored mineral waters such as that proposed by Volvic® with strawberry flavor have amazing nutritional values. It is not just slightly flavored water since a bottle of 1.5 L contains 349.5 kcal and 82.5 g of carbohydrates or eight sugars.

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Hidden Calories: Snacks

Eating between meals is not good for your health. When a feeling of hunger arises between meals, one often throws oneself on foods rich in sugar, fat, too salty, and very caloric. Here are some nutritional values of snacks.

  • 100 g of spoon biscuits contain 399 kcal and 77 g of glucose.
  • A pot of popcorn, like those sold in cinemas, contains on average 1030 class.
  • Cereal bars, although rich in vitamins and nutrients essential to the body’s proper functioning, are very caloric.
  • A bar contains between 250 and 300 kcals as much as two wafers sprinkled with icing sugar.
  • A mixture of dried fruits contains, on average, 690 kcal for a small cup.

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