Here's What 2,000 Calories Looks Like
A visual comparison of some popular foods
While the number of calories you eat each day should depend on your gender, age, lifestyle and other factors, the FDA and many food plans determine the daily dose of nutrients you need based on a 2,000-calorie system.
In this Buzzfeed video, you see exactly what 2,000 calories looks like—that is, if it’s doled out solely in Chicken McNuggets, almonds, avocados, carrots or Big Macs. The visual also makes for some interesting comparisons. For instance, did you know that eating one Cinnabon will give you the same calories as 22 pieces of bacon?
For anyone who doesn’t want to sit through the video, here is a short list of a few of the 2,000 calorie equivalents:
- 7 bagels
- 6.6 doughnuts
- 26 eggs
- 3.8 Big Macs
- 19 bananas
- 6.5 avocados
So how did the United States get stuck on the number 2,000? First of all, it’s close to the caloric requirement for children and menopausal women. More importantly, however, it’s a round number that’s easy to remember. For a more accurate idea of how much you should be eating, try this handy calorie calculator from the Mayo Clinic.