Some Fruity Ideas About Calories


Bianca Morales, Writer

Weight a minute! Not every calorie is created equally?

Calories come up with the energy in the form of heat so that the body can be able to function. The human bodies store and burn calories. Thus, when a person eats more calories, the body changes those extra calories into fat. But, having too much fat can lead to being overweight or having other health problems.”I pay attention to the calories I eat, because staying in shape is one of my priorities,” states Aidan Howell, 10.

An average woman needs to eat at least 2,000 calories per day and a man needs 2,500 calories to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating anything below 1,200 calories per day can cause starvation. Simply put, the body needs these amounts of calories to function.

Yet, do people pay attention to which foods make up the calories they consume every day? The discovery could be incredibly surprising—especially when it comes to fruits. Fruits are good for people, right? So, the more they eat, the healthier they are, right? Wrong.

Yes, fruits are “important” to eat, and they should be a part of everyone’s daily meals. But, it doesn’t take much to tip the scales and send the daily calorie count soaring out of control. Unfortunately, not all fruits are created equally. Many fruits have a tremendous number of calories that most people had no clue about. For instance, one avocado and one cookie share about the same calorie count. Add in two bananas to satisfy the hunger pangs, and now it might as well have been a full piece of double chocolate cake with fudge icing!

So, if trying to lose weight, fruits can be extremely deceiving. But, if trying to put on a few pounds, now that same banana may be just the ticket. They contain at least 105 calories. In addition, they are a great source of carbohydrates and healthy fats. However, bananas do contain 16% sugar in them, so they will fill people up by loading their bloodstream with sugar. So, maybe it’s better to go for half an avocado, instead, which has 161 calories and is rich in vitamins K, C, B-5.

Therefore, don’t get any “fruity” ideas that healthy foods have no zero calories. The scale may weigh in otherwise.