Most of you underestimate the number of calories you eat—and I must say it's not easy to figure out how many calories there are in any particular food. However, if you keep looking up calorie counts and testing your knowledge, you can develop a keen set of calorie instincts. To test your acumen, let's compare the calories in the smallest amount of one food with that of another.
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Seeds vs. 1 Tablespoon of Poppy SeedsI've been eating sesame seeds every day for the past six months. Wow, they're high in calories! In fact, there are 52 calories in every tablespoon. However, the good news is that sesame seeds are high in calcium (87.8 milligrams), with approximately 9 percent of the recommended Percent Daily Value for a 2,000-calorie daily diet. They're also surprisingly high in much-needed iron, with1.3 mg, which is 7 percent of the Daily Value (compare that to 3 ounces of cooked top sirloin, which has 2 mg of iron and 156 calories). Sesame seeds also contain minerals such as copper, manganese, phosphorus and thiamin. And one tablespoon even has one gram of fiber.
One tablespoon of poppy seeds also contains 2 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein.
1 Sun Chip vs. 1 PopchipSun Chips are no calorie bargain at 8.75 calories per chip, and, believe it or not, even though they're made with whole grains they also have added sugar, which regular chips do not. However, Sun Chips do have 3 grams of fiber per ounce (about 16 chips), as compared to 15.5 calories per chip and 1 gram of fiber per ounce (about 15 chips) for regular chips.
The Sun Chips manufacturer used smart marketing concepts, and, as a result, these chips have a real health halo. People think Sun Chips are the healthy choice, when the reality is they're a decent alternative but they're still chips. How did Sun Chips, a division of Frito-Lay (owned by Pepsi) create this health halo? For one thing, they're made with whole corn, whole wheat and whole oat flour, so they're not potato chips. And also the company was one of the first to create a biodegradable chip bag. (Now, however, only the original flavor is in a biodegradable package.)