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Calories in the Vegetable Food Group

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Calories are a necessary part of life.

Why....without calories, the body would just fall over and die.

While calories are more commonly viewed as 'something that makes one fat', calories are actually viewed as 'energy' by the body. Although common sense tells us that delicious pastries, pies, cakes, puddings, chips, and fried foods - as well as other fat-loaded foods aren't good for the body's circulatory system, the body recognizes calories as energy.

Smart Vegetable Choices for Weight Loss Results

If Dieter Debbie has consumed all the calories that her body requires for the day, and the hungries hit and she decides to munch on a bag of innocent, low calorie carrots - these 'healthy' calories will then be stored in Debbie's fat cells. Eeek - weight gain!

On the other Diet Hand, Dieter Debbie should be applauded for making a wise food choice. Rather than the body storing 35 calories she consumed, if she had relented to a slice of cheesecake, the body would have been storing about 700 calories.

Dieting or not - vegetables can  make one of the healthiest choices for weight loss and the closer they are to their natural state, the less calories they contain. Calories in vegetables can be found here at Diet Bites, and in the meantime, let's do a few calorie comparisons with vegetable that is a fan-favorite of most individuals - the healthy potato.

Potato Comparison of Calories Based on Preparation Methods

Vegetable Selection

Serving Size

Preparation Method



One 7-ounce

Enjoyed plain with a little salt & pepper.




With regular sour cream, butter, salt & pepper.




With regular sour cream, butter, bacon bits, cheese, salt & pepper.


Hash Browns

1 cup

Home prepared.


French Fries

7 ounces

Fried also contains 9.3 fat grams.



1 cup

Prepared with whole milk added.




With whole milk and butter added.




whole milk and margarine added.



1 cup

Prepared with margarine.



8 ounces

Plain variety, salted, commercially prepared potato chips.



1 ounce

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Potato Salad

1 cup

Home prepared with Mayo.




Home prepared with Miracle Whip Light.


Smart Vegetable Choices for Snack Time for Weight Loss Results

Here are a few great suggestions for dieters when snack time arrives:

- raw broccoli trees served with 45 calories of your favorite salad dressing

- 100 calories worth of sweet potato, mashed, sprinkled with cinnamon and no calorie sugar substitute

- one celery stalk filled with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter (using Peter Pan's Whipped Peanut Butter will save more calories)

- one celery stalk filled with 1 serving of whipped cream cheese

- Carrot & Raisin Salad: shred one large carrot and add 1 teaspoon of dark or golden raising OR dried cranberries add 1 teaspoon of Miracle Whip Light.

- an assortment of raw vegetables served with 45 calories of your favorite salad dressing or yogurt

- 100 calories worth of vegetable chips

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