February 22, 2024

Calorific and nutritive values of various foods 

Calorific and nutritive values of various foods 

Nutrients Substances obtained from food that provides nourishment are micronutrients

Energy producing are carbohydrates, fats, proteins Vitamins, minerals

Major nutrients in foods:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals


Carbohydrates are the main components of fruits and vegetables and represent more than 90 % of their dry matter

Classified into three groups

I. Monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, arabinose, xylose)

II. Oligosaccharides (sucrose, maltose, raffinose, stachyose)

III. Polysaccharides (starch, cellulose, hemicellulose)


Necessary for building and repairing of body tissues

  • Act as transport nutrients
  • Act as enzymes and hormones
  • Supply 4Kcal/ g energy
  • Help in recovering from infections and diseases (strengthen the immune system)
  • RDA for protein is 34-56 g/ day, depending upon age and sex
  • During pregnancy and lactation, it is 71 g/ day


  • Sly energy 9 Kcal/g Essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K
  • Supply energy 9 Kcal/g
  • Essential for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, K

Highest Calorie Content Food:

Fish oil, sardine 902.00 KCAL
Fish oil, cod liver 902.00 KCAL
Fish oil, salmon 902.00 KCAL

Lowest Calorie Content Food:

Beverages, contain caffeine, with sodium saccharin, cola, low calorie, carbonated 0.00 KCAL
Beverages, decaffeinated, prepared with tap water, brewed, coffee 0.00 KCAL
Beverages, decaffeinated, brewed, green, tea 0.00 KCAL
Beverages, unsweetened, ready to drink, green, tea 0.00 KCAL

Highest Vitamin A Foods

Fish oil, cod liver 30000.00 mcg
Beef, raw, liver, variety meats and by-products 28319.00 mcg
Veal, braised, cooked, liver, variety meats and by-products 21145.00 mcg

Highest Vitamin B12 Foods

Mollusks, moist heat, cooked, mixed species, clam 98.89 mcg
Beef, boiled, cooked, variety meats and by-products 96.00 mcg
Lamb, raw, liver, variety meats and by-products 90.05 mcg

Highest Vitamin C Foods

Babyfood, organic, carrot and squash, apple, 2nd Foods, GERBER 2732.0 mg
Beverages, powder, low calorie, breakfast type, Orange-flavor drink 2400.0 mg
Beverages, low calorie, with high vitamin C with added vitamins, powder, fruit-flavoured drink 2400.0 mg

Highest Vitamin E Foods

Wheat germ oil 149.40 mg
Oil, wheat germ 149.40 mg
Cereals ready-to-eat, RALSTON Enriched Wheat Bran flakes 80.46 mg

Ref: https://www.nutritionvalue.org

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