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The difference between carbs and calories

According to the energy balance equation, your body gains energy when you intake more energy through your diet than you expend through physical activity. That’s why the main point of most diets is to limit your energy intake through counting carbs or calories.

The difference between carbs and calories

It seems like a few years ago all of the diets were about counting calories and now they’re all about limiting carbohydrates. But you should you limit carbs or calories? And, if they’re both units of energy what’s the difference? This article will discuss the difference between carbs and calories, how they impact your diet, and how or why you should watch them.

Calories Are Energy, Right? Yes.


To set the record straight, carbs and calories are not both units of energy. We’ll start with calories and talk about carbohydrates in a little bit.

Calories are the units of energy, not carbs. A single calorie is the amount of energy that it takes to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius.

This is a very small amount of energy, so when you read the nutrition label on your food, what they call “Calories” (with an upper-case C) is actually the number of kilocalories (that is, one thousand lower-case c calories). That doesn’t mean that the food companies are trying to lie to you and get you to eat more calories.

They do it because it would be tedious and useless to try to count actual lower-case c calories. Don’t worry about keeping track of whether we’re talking about calories or kilocalories in this article though.

Because we’re talking about calories as a unit of energy, it doesn’t really matter which scale we’re talking about, as long as you understand what calories are and why they’re important.

Carbs Are Energy, Right? No.

the difference between carbs and calories

As mentioned above, the carbohydrate is not a unit of energy like the calorie is. The carbohydrate is a class of nutrient, along with proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and water.

Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are all called “energy-yielding nutrients” because the body can break them all down to release calories.

Of the energy-yielding nutrients, proteins and carbohydrates both release one 4 calories per gram, while fat releases nine calories per gram.

So Why Are Carbs So Special?

You might be wondering if fat contains more than twice the calories per gram, why do all of these diets have us watching carbs? And that’s a good question.

The first reason is that the average person has much more carbohydrates than fat in their diet. We tend to think of carbohydrates as coming from grains, like pasta and bread. These are sources of carbohydrates, but carbohydrates also come from sugars.

Grains are a source of complex carbs, which your body breaks down over time. Sugars are a source of simple carbs that your body doesn’t have to break down.

Sugars are naturally occurring in sources like fruits, but they’re also added to just about everything. If you put a store-bought sauce on your pasta, you’re putting carbs on carbs.

If you put jam or jelly on your bread, you’re putting carbs on carbs. And don’t even get us started on sources like soda and junk food.

When you eat whole grains, you’re not just getting carbs. You’re getting fiber, vitamins, and minerals. All of these nutrients can also be found in other foods that don’t have as many calories, like vegetables, which often have no carbs at all.

Fat, on the other hand is far scarcer in our diet and its benefits cannot be found elsewhere. We usually don’t think of fat as being good for us, but it’s in every cell of our bodies, and is very important to the nervous system.

While some fats are better than others and you should be careful about how much you get of each kind, carbs are simply more expendable in our diets.

Hopefully, this article has helped you to understand the difference between carbs and calories, as well as why most diets these days have you counting carbs.

Remember, however, that a balanced diet and plenty of exercises is better for you than a diet that tries to eliminate fats or carbs or calories and promises a quick solution.


Eat Like a Poor Person

Eat Like a Poor Person

Today I was reading in a weight loss forum then I saw a post that was titled ”Eat Like a Poor Person”.This post called my attention because in recent weeks I was thinking a lot about how I used to eat back home in Tanzania.

You know, I was born and raised in a not very financially rich family in the southern highlands of the united republic of Tanzania.

I remember living there and most of the families used to eat natural vegetable and the condiments they used most of the time was some kind of juice made from peanuts. We ate beans, wild greens, corns, seeds, fruits etc.

Most of the families I know they rarely ate meats or fish ( the did it on special occasions and holidays), and they used to move a lot on foot.

Looking back at that life, although most people had tough life financially there were healthy and happy, in that part of the country was very difficult to find a fat person.

Although I don’t wish anyone to be poor financially, I really think eating like a poor people could be one of the solutions to combat this obesity pandemic.

Ok going back to the original post, here is it:

Running coach Joe Vigil says,  “Eat like a poor person and you’ll only see your doctor  on the golf course.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that.

The diet of poor people in Western countries probably isn’t the best example of this however So let’s look at the diet of the Tarahumara tribe in Mexico, which is famous for their long distance runners: Pinto beans, squash, chili peppers, wild greens, pinole (corn) and lots of chia seeds.

They also drink lots and lots of corn beer the evening before a race. So eating like a poor person doesn’t necessarily mean eating hardly no calories.

In fact, if you follow this weight loss Program, there are days you will not eat like a poor person at all.

Click here to read the original post in the forum.

What Is Nooch and Why Is It A Hot Food Trend In 2018?

For those of you not already in the know, Nooch is not a new product, just one that has been recently renamed and promoted.

It is a form of nutritional yeast grown on molasses and then deactivated through the heated drying process. Following this, it is then made into flakes or a powder and has been available in health food stores for years.

What Is Nooch and Why Is It A Hot Food Trend In 2018?

Nooch is also available in increasing amounts of more ‘mainstream’ shops such as supermarkets. It is possible to purchase it in reasonably large quantities for a relatively low price. This means it is accessible to anyone who wishes try it.

Nooch, or nutritional yeast to give it the technical name, has long been a staple of alternative vegan and vegetarian diets. However, it has recently begun to appear on restaurant menus across the country.

You may be saying to yourself “that’s all very well, but what’s the point? There are several reasons why you should decide to try Nooch, not only is it essential in vegan diets, in particular, it also has numerous health benefits.

If you have already, foregone animal products you are probably aware of the powers of this powder. For the many that are still meat or dairy consumers, there are many benefits to giving this on-trend food a try.

Firstly, the taste. It has a nutty, cheesy flavor, similar to parmesan, with an umami flavor profile. Secondly, unlike the Italian hard cheese, Nooch is low in sodium, low in fat, and is obviously a great alternative for lactose intolerant individuals. It is also a complete protein, meaning it has all the amino acids required for the body to function.

Finally, Nooch is also an excellent source of B vitamins, important for maintaining your metabolism. Although this sounds too good to be true, it is healthy and has a unique taste. However, some people find it takes a while to get used to the nutty and cheesy taste.

If this is so good, why has it been kept such a secret?  For one, the look of it could put people off. There may be a resemblance to fish food if viewed in flaked form!  Even the powder version does not look like the most appetizing of foods.

Furthermore, although Nooch has been around for years, recent trends in non-dairy diets have seen a resurgence in use, partly helped by the rebranding of the product (Nooch being the slang term for it). Non-traditional diets, such as veganism, dairy free or avoiding other food groups have become increasingly ‘popular’ in recent years.

Many people now follow a different diet, as they believe the health benefits justify it. With the increasing use of Nooch in restaurants and a snappy, new(ish) name, Nooch is likely to be the hottest food around in 2016.

Here are some suggestions if you want to try it yourself:

  • Try using it as a topping for popcorn. The cheesy, salty flavor makes it an ideal savory treat.
  • For those of you that still eat eggs, try sprinkling some on scrambled eggs, serving on sourdough toast.
  • Use a non-dairy milk, corn flour, and Nooch blend, for a vegan-friendly cheese sauce.
  • A vegan pesto can be created using extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and basil, blended with some Nooch.
  • Basically, any foods where parmesan could be used would be ideal for Nooch. For example, pasta or risotto dishes.

With all this in mind, if you are using Nooch for the first time, remember it is deactivated; you cannot use it for baking bread!

Non-Dairy Sources Of Calcium

We all know that calcium is essential for our growth and our bones in particular. We are taught from a very young age that we must make sure we get enough calcium each day or we will have many health problems both as we grow up, and when we are an adult.

Most people know calcium is important for our bones, but calcium is also important for regulating our blood pressure and preventing the development of diseases such as diabetes.

As we all know, milk and other dairy products are the main sources of calcium in most people’s diets; in fact, many schools have often given out free milk cartons to young children to ensure they receive enough calcium.

However, what if you don’t drink milk or consume other dairy products?  How are you going to get your daily requirement of calcium? 

Fortunately, there are numerous other places you can find sufficient amounts of calcium. The foods below are all non-dairy sources of calcium, even though they might not seem like they should be.


Broccoli has many essential vitamins and minerals and is a key part of any healthy diet. Not only does broccoli contain a high proportion of vitamin C, but it also contains a good amount of calcium. Furthermore, research has shown that broccoli can help to prevent certain types of cancer.

White beans

White beans are a surprising source of calcium that everyone should be incorporating into their diets. White beans contain both calcium and iron in high qualities; both of which are essential for a healthy body. White beans can be used in many different ways, such as dips or a pasta dish.


Salmon and other oily fish are exceptionally healthy and should be a key element of many people’s diet. The only slight issue with this is particularly with salmon, it is the bones that contain all the calcium.

One solution to this is to buy canned salmon and mash it up into another dish. Luckily, the bones are quite soft and will become unnoticeable when mashed up into something, for example, fish cakes.

Bok Choy

This Chinese leafy green is present in many dishes and is high in vitamins A, C, and calcium. As it is a leafy green, it can be used in many different dishes relatively easily.


Kale is considered one of the main ‘superfoods’ because of the many benefits it brings. It is very flexible and can be made into chips, smoothies or used in dishes such as pasta or curry.


Almonds are an excellent choice in many diets because they are exceptionally healthy. Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut. Per calorie and ounce, they are one of the best nuts you can eat in terms of packing in all the vitamins and minerals, including calcium that you need.

Other foods that are non-dairy sources of calcium

There are numerous other foods that may not contain calcium naturally but have it added to them. They can be a key way in making sure you get enough vitamins and minerals, including calcium.

However, it has been argued that it is better to obtain calcium through natural means so do not rely on these foods as your only source of calcium.

Many of the milk alternatives available in the supermarkets now are fortified with added calcium to ensure we are reaching our daily requirement.

Milk is such a staple item in so many people’s diets, and increasingly, this includes milk alternatives.

Most of these alternatives now have calcium added to them, but not all. Only by checking the ingredients can you be sure they contain added calcium.






Kelp, The Superfood

What is Kelp?

Kelp is a type of seaweed or algae, sort of like the salad of the sea. It’s a mainstay in many East Asian diets and the health benefits cannot be overstated.

We most commonly see kelp used as wraps for Japanese sushi, but there are a number of other ways kelp can find its way into your diet including soups and supplements.

Kelp is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and trace elements. It contains iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, manganese, zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and a number of vitamins including a B-12 and c.

Kelp, The Superfood


Kelp The Superfood

There is a class of foods that hold so many health benefits that it sets them apart from other foods in terms of what good it does for the human body. We call them superfoods and Kelp definitely qualifies as a superfood.

So what makes kelp a superfood?

Naturally high in antioxidants including carotenoids, flavonoids, and alkaloids, it’s no wonder it’s so successful in fighting disease-causing free radicals. Well, it’s all about what’s inside and what it can do for you.

One thing about kelp that makes it remarkable is that it contains sodium alginate, which has the unique in that it helps protect the body from radiation and aids in its removal from the human body.

According to a 1964 study that appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal sodium alginate has been found to reduce radioactive strontium absorption in the intestinal wall while at the same time binding the strontium, which was excreted from the body.

In addition to binding radiation, kelp also helps prevent and protect against many forms of the disease. For example, the compound fucoidan found in kelp is thought to help prevent the spread of lung cancer and prostate cancer. It is also thought to help slow the progression of breast cancer.

In addition to its disease-fighting ability, kelp is also good for helping individuals lose weight. So how exactly does kelp help with weight loss?

Well, it comes down to the way the body digests foods rich in fat. Alginate, a remarkable compound in kelp, actually helps block the absorption of fat in the intestinal wall by something like 75 percent.

This keeps the majority of fat from finding its way into your system. There are also real cardiovascular benefits to consuming kelp that increase heart health.

Kelp is also very low in calories, which makes a great option for weight loss.

Eating Kelp

So now that you know the benefits of kelp the question quickly becomes, how do we incorporate it into our diet?


  • Most of us only see kelp as a wrap for our favorite Japanese sushi, but there are other ways you can get some much-needed kelp in your diet. However, you could also have kelp in your soups and salads in the form of kelp noodles.


  • You can also use kelp noodles to make a tasty kelp pasta or get kelp flakes to use as a seasoning over various foods.


  • Kelp can also be blended with other vegetables to make a tasty vegetable juice.


  • Another unique way you’ll see kelp incorporated into food is as a thickening agent. Believe it or not, kelp is commonly used in salad dressings and even ice cream.

Do your research to find creative ways to incorporate this super food into your diet.

Bottom Line

 When people think of weight loss and healthy living, kelp is hardly the first thing to come to mind, but it really is a great addition to your diet. Whether you use supplements or find creative ways to integrate it into your everyday meals, kelp is one super food worth adding into your diet.

With its disease preventing qualities, radiation protection, and weight loss benefits, can you really afford not to add this superfood to your diet?