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What’s the difference between calories and fat calories?

Why does it matter if calories are regular or fat calories? Aren’t they all going to become fat anyway? So, if I had two granola bars–one with 100 calories and the other with 70 calories and 30 fat calories–wouldn’t they be the same?

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3 Responses to “What’s the difference between calories and fat calories?”

  1. JOHN B said :

    A calorie is a calorie no matter what the source.
    However it is the calorie concentration which can affect the total calorie intake .
    carbohydrate and protein each produce 4 cals/gram
    fat produces 9 cals/gram

    If you take too many calories from whatever source they are stored as fat

  2. Robert S said :

    It’s important to figure out how many of the calories you’re getting come from fat. U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that the average person gets no more than 30% of all his or her daily calories from fat. But food labels don’t always show the percentage of fat in a food. It is easy to calculate, though. Divide the number of calories from fat by the number of total calories and multiply by 100.

    So fat makes quite a difference when it comes to total calories in a food.

    But let’s face it, who’s going to choose a heaping bowl of cooked carrots over ice cream on a hot summer day? It all comes down to making sensible food choices most of the time. The goal is to make trade-offs that balance a higher-fat food with foods that are lower in fat to keep the fat intake at 30% for the day. So if you really want that ice cream, it’s OK once in a while – as long as you work in some lower-fat foods, like carrots, that day.

  3. SubJ said :

    Answer to ur question is built in ur question itself. What counts is the total calory content.


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