Visualize What You Eat

Spotted in the Shared Reading of Danielle, one of my two super cool sisters. Foodsel is a website that provides visualizations of food nutrients based on food category or by manufacturer. It also can display equivalence – “eating this food is the equivalent of eating…”

So if we look at something like a Taco Bell taco salad, it is the equivalent of eating 13.2 D-cell batteries (amount of energy not nutrients) and its fat content is equivalent to eating 0.2 sticks of butter (17.88g of fat). Not an overwhelming amount, but I can’t stomach the thought of eating even that much butter straight.

Foodsel also will tell you how much of a variety of exercises you would have to do to burn the calories for each food. In this case, we would have to dance for 52 minutes or carry a load of bricks for 36 minutes if we ate the salad from Taco Bell. I’m not a huge fan of dancing, but it does sound more appealing.

Fast food
Image of the Canal Walk food court, courtesy of coda on Flickr

2 Comments

  1. Well, that makes things depressing. What’s the good part of exposing how horrible good tasting food is for you? 🙂

  2. It is depressing, but good news… cinnamon rolls seem to have escaped their scrutiny. I assume from that oversight that their impact to my diet is negligible, leaving them as fair game – or fair fare.

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