what 200 calories looks like

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200caloriesbump

nutrition-label

nutrition-label

Always read the label. It's a good lesson in being a wise consumer, but it can also make the difference between staying lean and developing a case of type-2 diabetes. Food marketers are sneaky people, and labels on the front of the package can give a very healthy look to a food product which, on the reverse, is labeled clearly as complete and utter junk food. How do you know if it's junk? Read the back, not the front.

When in doubt, if it comes in a box, tube, bag or "pack," there is a good chance it's junk. 

Healthy foods from the produce, dairy and meat sections are not always labeled with calorie contents or portion recommendations, but you can do 2 things to educate yourself:

Wisegeek did a round up of various foods - a visual map of what 200 calories can look like.

A good lesson here? You get a lot more chew for your 2oo calories when you choose real foods.

Another good lesson?Many of the junk foods pictured are partial-servings. Watch processed food labels. A bottle of pop may indicate a serving contains only 130 calories; however, the bottle contains 2 servings - your total consumed? 260 calories.

496 mL of Coca Cola = 200 calories

496 mL of Coca Cola = 200 calories

385 g apples = 200 calories

385 g apples = 200 calories

73 g of french fries = 200 calories (WHY, WORLD, WHY?...)

73 g of french fries = 200 calories (WHY, WORLD, WHY?...)

51 g of medium cheddar = 200 calories

51 g of medium cheddar = 200 calories

calories-in-baby-carrots

calories-in-baby-carrots

calories-in-fried-bacon

calories-in-fried-bacon

calories-in-whole-milk

calories-in-whole-milk

calories-in-eggs

calories-in-eggs

calories-in-cooked-pasta

calories-in-cooked-pasta

calories-in-wheat-flour

calories-in-wheat-flour

calories-in-a-snickers-chocolate-bar

calories-in-a-snickers-chocolate-bar

calories-in-gummy-bears

calories-in-gummy-bears

calories-in-broccoli

calories-in-broccoli

calories-in-lowfat-strawberry-yogurt

calories-in-lowfat-strawberry-yogurt

calories-incanned-sweet-corn

calories-incanned-sweet-corn

calories-in-baileys-irish-cream

calories-in-baileys-irish-cream

34 g of peanut butter (not natural) = 200 calories

34 g of peanut butter (not natural) = 200 calories

calories-in-sliced-smoked-turkey

calories-in-sliced-smoked-turkey

Be wary! Choose real foods. When you don't or can't choose healthfully, understand the impact by learning about portions & food labels.