Fun Facts: How Many Calories...?
The number of calories that a child needs changes as they grow and their activity levels change (see ‘How Many Calories Does Your Child Need?’) While strict calorie counting is not necessarily healthy, it is a good idea to know roughly how many calories that different foods contain, and to know which foods should be kept just as treats.
FruitThe levels of calories in fruit depends on the amount of starch and water it contains - an apple is less starchy than a banana, for example, and contains more water.
- A banana has about 143 calories
- A pear has about 68 calories
- An apple has about 53 calories
- An orange has about 59 calories
Fast FoodFast food tends to be high in fat and calories.
- A cheeseburger has around 380-500 calories
- A portion of fries has 200-300 calories
- A slice of pizza has around 180-350 calories (and having a stuffed crust could increase this to 500 calories or more per slice)
MilkThe calories in milk, whether it is animal or plant in origin, depends on the fat levels.
- Channel Islands milk has 455 calories per pint
- Whole milk has 370 calories per pint
- Semi-skimmed milk has 255
- Skimmed milk has 195 calories per pint
- Soya milk has 205 calories per pint
- Goat’s milk has 395 calories per pint
- Rice milk has 278 calories per pint
- Coconut milk has 228 calories per pint
Sweets and SnacksLike fast food, sweets and snacks tend to be high in calories and fat, and the sugar and salt levels can be high too.
- A bag of crisps has about 130-200 calories
- A small pack of peanuts has about 130-160 calories
- Two digestive biscuits has around 150 calories (having the reduced fat versions saves about 20 calories)
- A jam doughnut has about 140 calories
- A 100 g bar of chocolate has about 525 calories
- Jelly babies are about 20 calories each