When you’re scanning labels on food products, numbers like calories can seem uncomfortably abstract.

That’s why the creators of Calorific created the app with just one goal in mind: visualizing what calories actually look like in your food.

The photos are beautiful, but the knowledge the app offers can still be depressing. (For example, one half of an avocado is 200 calories. But you must keep in mind that the fruit is also filled with good fats.)

Basically, all Calorific’s gorgeous photography exists to tell us one thing: fruits and veggies are great, but we should all be eating everything else in burrito-eating hamster video portions.

Here’s a chart from the government listing the daily recommended calorie intake of different gender and age groups. Take a look so you can contextualize the info below.


calorific chocolate donut calorific pancake calorific bagel

Keep in mind that the app’s creators are British, so some of the food terms and photos may not seem familiar to Americans.

For example, British bacon is taken from the back of the pig, while American bacon is taken from the belly. Therefore, we’re not sure how applicable this readout on “bacon” is to American audiences.

calorific bacon

Meat and Seafood

calorific burger calorific mussels calorific chicken


calorific peanut butter calorific mayo calorific ketchup

Fruits and Vegetables

calorific mushroom calorific pineapple calorific apple calorific banana calorific blueberries calorific avocado

Finally, if you’re planning on cheese and/or apple pie for your Thanksgiving dinner, we’re afraid Calorific has some more bad news for you…

calorific apple pie

calorific cheddar cheese

There’s always Jason Statham’s food advice to consider: “An apple? It’s good for me. I’d have five. Bananas? Eat the bunch.”

We’re pretty sure that neither Calorific nor Statham would approve of Edward Lee’s advice about going on a date with fried chicken, but that doesn’t mean we’ll ever stop loving it.

[via the Independent, the Atlantic]

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