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Mi-sook recommends: Calorie Gallery

Mi-sook recommends: Calorie Gallery

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Substitute blogger Mi-sook is too cute to compute.

Ever wanted to know how 200 calories of your favorite fruit, vegetable or snack looks? CalorieGallery.com will tell you.

Would you also like to know how you can burn off those inconvenient calories? Calorie Gallery can show you that, too.

I weigh 10 pounds. According to Calorie Gallery, it would take me 6,000 minutes to sleep off 200 calories. I’ll start that project right after I finish this post.

Calorie Gallery provides a visual representation of how many Calories are in the different foods we eat. We have pictures of hundreds of foods in 200-calorie portions. By getting a sense of what 200 calories looks like in a variety of foods, you’ll be better at judging how many calories are in the foods you eat every day.

How much kimchi does it take to reach 200 calories? According to Calorie Gallery, it takes 760 grams, which is the equivalent of 1 pound, 10 ounces. You also would eat no fat or cholesterol and get 133 percent of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance (USRDA) of vitamins A and C.

But even the best foods can have a downside. That same pound of kimchi also would give you 4,533.33 milligrams (4.533 grams) of sodium. That’s 188.9 percent of the USRDA of sodium. This is why Koreans have a higher average sodium intake than Americans (13.4 grams for Koreans vs. 5 grams for Americans).

Another popular Korean food to calorie-calculate is the Korean pear. How much Korean pear does one have to eat to consume 200 calories? Get ready to eat 476 grams (1 pound, 8 ounces) of Korean pears to reach the 200 threshold. You’ll probably fill your stomach long before you eat that much Korean pear. I can’t imagine a human eating that much food at one time. (I know cats don’t eat that much.)

Until next time,

Sook Can Cook

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