Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
6/21/11 8:38 P

Thanks a lot, guys! emoticon

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,329
6/21/11 9:45 A

A calorie to a physicist is a small unit of energy - it would not be meaningful in terms of your diet. Therefore, food is measured in terms of kilocalories (1000 cal). The abbreviation for this dietary Calorie is therefore kcal, but they mean the same thing.
1 kcal = 1 dietary Calorie = 1000 calories (in a Physics lab).
A dietary Calorie is abbreviated kcal, a physics calorie is abbreviated cal.

Edited by: OPUSEVA at: 6/21/2011 (09:51)
Medical researcher for 25 years. Trying to find help for the obesity epidemic.
6/21/11 9:35 A

The calories listed on food is actually kilocalories but is most commonly shortened to calories.

A kilocalorie is actually 1000 calories so it's not the most accurate thing to abbreviate it that way

“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.”
6/21/11 4:52 A

Thanks Guys... Now I understand. It's really confusing. Hehehe. emoticon

6/21/11 12:57 A

Sooo it means they are same. When it indicates kcal, it means calories too?? Because I saw some conversion of kcal and calories in the net. Kcal is equivalent to 1000 calories.

TREEBELLA SparkPoints: (0)
Fitness Minutes: (1,545)
Posts: 513
6/21/11 12:52 A

Thanks! I was wondering that too!

CANRUNNER SparkPoints: (2,549)
Fitness Minutes: (3,416)
Posts: 259
6/21/11 12:50 A

They are the same thing. Kcal means kilocalories and calories is just another shorter way of saying it. Easy peasy!

6/21/11 12:43 A

I'm confused between kcal and calories because some of the nutritional facts from the food indicates kcal and some are calories. Are they both same? I already read it at wikipedia that they both the same. Could you please help me to discuss it further? Thanks.

Page: 1 of (1)  

Other Diet and Nutrition Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
Curious 12/10/2014 1:26:32 AM
probiotic for eczema. 1/1/2015 1:14:44 AM
Low Carb, LIGHT meals 2/8/2015 6:45:47 PM
Hidden Sugar/Reducing Added Sugar 2/3/2015 7:45:32 PM
No added sweetness for one year. Anybody else? 12/21/2014 2:09:37 AM