There are calories in food; find out how many by typing a food into the Calorie Counter Australia Food Search Box to see its nutrition facts and calories count (try to be specific):
If you are looking for calorie and nutrition facts for food in Australia, Calorie Counter Australia is the site for you. Our massive calcount food database is regularly updated to provide an accurate record of nutrition in Australia.
From both homegrown and imported sources, you will find the food you are looking for. We list market produce, branded supermarket products, fast-food products, good old Aussie home-cooked meals and even Bush Tucker!
Simply enter a food name into the Food Search Box to quickly see nutrition values such as the calories count, kilojoules count, carbohydrates value and protein amount for different weights of the food you are researching. Read on to learn more about calories in food:
Calories in Food
So, why are you looking for calorie information? Perhaps you are thinking about weight control. You already know that when you are trying to lose weight, you must understand calories in food.
“Calories” is the word we use when we speak about the amount of energy in food.
Calories must be understood, because when you eat food, the food is broken down so that it can release many of the calories it contains into your body. The calories are released so that you can live! Without calories, your body would not be able to be an alive body.
However, if you eat more calories than your body needs, your body will use some of the extra calories to make itself bigger by building fat (and/or muscle if you perform heavy exercise).
Calorie is King
No doubt, you have heard that in order to lose weight you need to exercise more and eat fewer carbs, but never forget that only CALORIES are KING! Whether the calories come from fat, carbohydrates, protein, or alcohol is ultimately irrelevant. It may be true that such-and-such diet is better than this-or-that diet, but at the end of the day weight gain or loss is ruled by King Calorie alone.
The Calorie Problem
If your body made itself bigger by growing everything bigger and taller and stronger and keeping its size in proportion to its healthy capabilities, perhaps that might not be such a bad thing. Unfortunately, your body does not get bigger in proportion. It gets bigger by packing fat onto places that cannot properly support it.
Your body keeps making more and more fat because there is no reason from a biological perspective for it to stop storing extra calories. For as long as the extra calories are available, it will keep packing the kilos on until your heart, veins, lungs, spleen, kidneys and other non-growing organs cannot support the growing body size.
When your body is bigger, it needs more calories just to stay the same.
Calories are the Problem, and the Solution
If you want to reverse fat growth, then you must go straight to the root cause of the problem.
Eating too many calories causes fat to be made and eating too few calories causes fat to be destroyed.
If you eat less calories than you need, your body will make itself smaller by breaking fat (and muscle too, if it starts to run out of fat) in order to release the needed calories.
When your body is smaller, it needs fewer calories to stay the same than it would have needed if it was still big.
Calories Explained Simply infographic
How to Lose Weight?
It really is simple, and it is also very, very complicated and complex. First, the simple part:
You will lose weight if you eat fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight. No ifs or buts or maybes.
Now, for the not-so-simple part:
It can be very hard …
to eat less calories than your body needs, because you will feel hungry. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you to EAT NOW or it will have to start breaking itself. Nothing, especially not your body, likes to break itself. Hunger is affected by many different things like the size of your stomach, your hormonal balance, medication, emotional state and habits (the list goes on…)
The amount of weight you will lose…
is affected by many different things, like your metabolism, the amount and type of food you eat, the amount and type of exercise you do, your genes and the different types and amount of hormones in your body (the list goes on…). Most of these things are in turn affected by other things, like your age, gender, sleep patterns, medication and environment (the list goes on…).
Your body always tries to stay the same…
as it is (homeostasis), so it fights the process of changing body weight. This means that it changes its metabolism and tries to absorb more calories more quickly than usual if it feels that the usual food is not being eaten. This means that it can be difficult to understand how many calories you need to eat in order to lose weight.
Not all the calories in food…
are released and/or absorbed by your body. It is hard to know which foods, or combinations of foods, will release all or part or any of the calories they contain when they pass through your body’s digestive system.
The weight of your body…
is made up of many different parts, not just fat. When the other parts change, it is sometimes hard to see that the fat part has also changed (or not). The biggest part of your body weight is water, and that changes all the time depending on how much you have drunk, the time of day and the weather (the list goes on…). When you cannot see how the weight of your body’s fat is changing, it can become discouraging to continue with calorie control.
What, Exactly, is a Calorie?
A calorie is the unit commonly used when measuring the energy in food. A “calorie” is not actually a real thing, in the same way that metres or degrees Celsius or kilometres-per-hour are not real things. However, the energy a calorie represents is a real thing, in the same way that distance(m), temperature(°C) and speed(km/h) are real things.
The energy in food is the same thing as the energy in electricity, petrol, nuclear bombs and the sun. Although one thing, energy is measured using different names and amounts just depending on what people are used to. You can convert a calorie of energy into any of the other names used for energy, like “joule”, “kilojoule”, “electron-volt”, “kilowatt-hour” and “Hartree”.
Kilojoules or Calories?
If everyone decided to stop using the word “calorie”, we could just as easily start using the word “kilojoule” to talk about the exact same thing. If everyone decided to stop using the word “kilowatt-hour”, your monthly electricity bill might be charged in calories! In fact, the Australian government’s policy is to use “kilojoules” instead of “calories” when talking about food energy. Use our Calorie Converter to change calories to kilojoules and vice-versa.
Why be a Calorie Counter?
There is only one universally accepted way to measure the energy in food: burn it in a laboratory and measure how much heat it makes. Then, grade the amount of heat produced on an energy scale using units like “calorie” or “kilojoule”. The amount of energy in the food comprises its calories count. It is that simple.
Doing this, we see that larger amounts of the same food make more heat than smaller amounts (half a potato contains less energy in it than a full potato does). We also see that some foods make more heat than other foods (a teaspoon of oil burns much better than a teaspoon of lemon juice does).
We know enough about human digestion to know, with certainty, that we get more energy from high-calorie foods than we do from low-calorie foods. Despite all of the limitations, moderating factors and uncertainties noted a few paragraphs above, calorie counts are the only reliable way we know to judge a food’s impact on our body weight.
Using a Calorie Counter
Remember that: You will lose weight if you eat fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight. No ifs or buts or maybes.
Therefore, you should count calories when you want to control your body weight.
Calculate how many calories your body needs per day or meal to maintain its current weight, then calculate how many calories your body will make for itself if it cannot get enough calories from the food you eat.
Count how many calories there are in the food you will eat, so that you eat fewer calories than your body needs.
Count how many calories you ate, so that you can subtract that amount from the target amount to see how many calories you can eat before exceeding your target.
Keep a record of your body weight and calorie intake so that you can constantly change as your body changes. You could do all of this on a piece of paper, or you could simply use this website!
How to use Calorie Counter Australia
Use Calorie Counter Australia to count your calories and find out how many calories and kilojoules there are in thousands of Australian foods. Simply head over to the Food Search Box, and type in a key-word or two. As you type, you will see a drop-down list of matching foods in our database.
After you enter the food name, for example: “banana“, “boiled chicken egg” or “fuji apple“, simply choose from the list of food items which match your query. Clicking an option will open the Nutrition Facts Box, which displays the amount of calories, kilojoules, protein, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, sodium, cholesterol, and alcohol contained by weight. The default weight is 100 grams, but you can adjust this by moving the slider located above the Nutrition Facts Box.
calcount Calorie Tracker
After you work out how many calories there are in the meal, you can add meals to your personal tracker to count how many calories you are eating on a daily basis.
Australia, we are all about the Calorie…
Calorie Counter Australia has a complete list of Australian food in a database that you can search easily. We open our nutrition database up to the nation because we know that the calorie is king when it comes to weight control. Our food information includes values for both kilojoules (“energy”) and calories. Browse thousands of food items and have fun comparing your favourites.
We make it easier for people to follow a sensible diet by providing a Calorie Calculator which shows the amount of calories they should consume in order to lose or maintain body weight. Want to count the calories in your daily meals and record how well you’re doing? Just head over to our free calcount Calorie Tracker web app to monitor your progress.
Calorie Counter Australia writes about food…
…and health, wellness, and exercise. In addition to maintaining accurate nutrition information about Australia’s food, our website contains fresh insights into all things food related. This is because we care about what we eat, how we eat, why we eat it. The Calorie Counter Australia Team stays up to date with current nutrition research and wellness trends. You can too, just read our Posts for healthy tips and useful information.
What is in your food?
In addition to the calories count, find out how much fat, sodium, carbohydrates, protein, and sugar is in your next meal. Compare a cup of soup to a cup of coffee. Our database is reliable because it comes from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the original manufacturers’ and growers’ records, and published food merchants’ data, all diligently researched by the calcount Calorie Counter Australia team. Food labels are great, but of little use if you don’t have the package in your hand. Instead, use our website when you are on the go or sitting down to plan your next meal.