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Where can you find free online calorie counters for any given food?

If your interested in a alphabetic calorie counter for foods, you may wish to check out the site, "Calorie Chart - Foods Sorted Alphabetically." Children can be taught to calculate the number of calories in any given food as a way to help them make more informed choices. See, "The Calorie Counter." Looking for free calorie counters online? Check out, "Calorie Count: Foods & Recipes - Calorie Counter | Free." Or go to the site, "Free Calorie Count Nutrition Search - Download Calorie Counter."

Where can you find free online calorie counters for any given food?
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It's a lesson in nutrition as well as in math. One gadget kids might enjoy is a hand-held calorie counter. What’s great about a hand-held calorie counter is that you can find nutrient information for each serving size that you consume such as 6 fl oz milk, 1/2 carrot, or 1/3 banana. See.
"Calorie Counter | Food Nutrition Data for Healthy Eating Choices."

The idea of calculating calories is not to push kids to worrying about how much they eat, but to make healthier choices of foods that are best for their health. Since 2009, the law has been in effect stating that chain eateries with at least 20 stores to show customers calorie counts for virtually all items served.

See, "Search the CalorieKing Food Database." A few years ago, California became the first state to require this of some restaurants in the hopes that you and your children might be able to make an informed choice. Check out, "a Calorie Counter - Count Calories & Food Nutrition Facts Free."

Children should know that some restaurants add sugar instead of carrot juice to carrot-raisin salad to make it sweeter even though the raisins sweeten it as well as the carrots. And kids can learn how restaurant soup often contains more salt than the body needs for months, since foods in their natural state contain salt. See, "Search our calorie counter to find over 11,000 food calories."

The body only needs 500mg of salt daily to function under normal circumstances, assuming you don't run marathons daily. See, How much sodium do I need? - Health - CBC News. Yet canned soup used in many schools, homes, and restaurants sometimes contains 1,000 mg of salt, in addition the two slices of toast many people eat with soup contain 200 mg of salt for each slice of bread. See, "Food Calculator - Calories Count -- Healthy Weight Loss ."

Salt builds up during the day in prepared foods. And children can learn how to calculate not only calories in foods, but how much sugar and salt is added based on what they need to stay healthy--for their activities and lifestyle. See, 4 Signs You're Getting too Much Sodium / Nutrition / Healthy Eating. Check out, Did You Know?

If the child exercises vigorously for long periods of time, salt and other electrolytes may be needed. The average American consumes between 6 to 18 grams of salt daily. Your body needs only 0.5 grams (500 mg) of salt daily. Check out the site, What are Electrolytes and Why Do I Need Them? by Steve Born.

Kids can think about how much they eat before they make a more informed choice

Maybe you'll think about how much you eat. Drive-through eateries must comply with the law and make sure you know calorie counts are available at the pickup window, in a brochure, or posted where you can see calorie counts of what's served inside the restaurant.

Unfortunately, the law doesn't make restaurants tell you how much salt or sugar goes into foods or whether apple whitener containing sulfites is used instead of lemon juice to preserve the color of freshly sliced apples, pears, and other fruits.

Another reason for sharing a hand-held calorie counter with children and other family members is that you may want to sell your favorite original recipes to publishers. But when you’re asked to include the amount of calories per serving, including sodium and saturated fat content per serving of your finished recipe, maybe you didn’t know how publishers find this information. It's a lot of work making this information available at the state's 17,000 chain restaurants.

Online websites give you the calorie count of foods for free

To solve this problem of how many calories or other food values per serving for almost any type of food, you can either get a hand-held calorie and nutrition values counter, or before you decide what you need, you can look up various calorie counter sites online such as Nutrition Lookup. Or view other calorie counter sites online, such as My Food Diary.

For those who don't want to invest in a family hand-held calorie counter, show your child where he or she can look up the number of calories in any food online for free. You can go to sites such as a Calorie Counter - Count Calories & Food Nutrition Facts FREE, where you can search by the name of the food. Just type into the little box the food, and out comes the number of calories in that food.

Portion size is important. According to that website, "the single most important factor in getting your weight to do exactly what you want it to do is calorie intake. Not fat, not carbohydrates, not certain foods. It's calories." For example at the site if you click on "pinto beans" you get a choice of how the beans are prepared to click on, whether they're frozen, fresh, or boiled.

Then click on Beans, pinto, mature seeds, cooked, boiled, without salt, and you find out not only the number of calories per serving size, which is one cup, but all this other information about boiled pinto beans, without added salt. This is your free calorie counter. You can see pinto beans boiled in water or cooked with no added salt have 244.53 calories per a serving size of one eight-ounce cup.

As you can see, it's easy to find calorie content of foods free online or buy your own hand-held calorie counter to take out to restaurants or use when you're not online. What’s nice about the hand-held tool is that you can take it to places where you can’t bring your computer and see immediate results on the device. Yet you can plug it into your computer and transfer information you want to save or print out.

Counting calories for fun is one activity parents or teachers can do with children to have either a lesson in nutrition or in basic math applied to a practical subject. It's something the children can learn to use throughout their lifetimes, finding out how many calories they need to grow healthier and how to calculate the calories in their portion-size. It also shows kids that they need a certain amount of calories to keep their weight, energy, have enough nutrients for stronger teeth and bones, and stay healthy.

Have you always wanted to know how newspapers, magazines, or cookbooks find the calorie values published at the bottom of each recipe? Now you can find out the nutritional values per serving on 1,000 of your own foods and 50,000 other foods that already come with a hand-held calorie counter that’s also a food and nutrition diary.

Do you need a calorie counter that you can carry with you almost anywhere and use for diet or weight-related information? You might want to buy a calorie counter that gives you a lot more nutrition information.

There are plenty of free calorie counter sites online, such as the Free Calories & Nutrition Counter. But what if you want to have a hand-held calorie counter you can take anywhere you travel without having to be near a computer and online connection?

You might want to consider buying an affordable hand-held calorie and nutritional values counter. Check out the hand-held calorie counters available at Coheso Personal Health Management Tools. Read some testimonials, for example a doctor’s experience, at the site’s success story page.

If you have ever wanted to submit your own recipes to a publication and have been asked to include the calorie count or amount of sodium in each serving of your completed recipe, or list the carbohydrate, fiber, or protein and other nutritional information figures for each serving of your favorite recipe, a calorie counter has more than 50,000 foods as well as information on the nutritional values at 250 restaurants.

With a calorie counter, like a hand-held calculator, you can keep an electronic diet and exercise diary with daily totals and details of food and exercise. What’s important with a calorie counter is that the reason for getting one is to find out the nutritional values for the exact portion size of what you’re eating. You’ll also be able to calculate calories burnt based on type of exercise and customize your meals by adding up to 1000 additional foods of your own choice as well as exercise calories.

This family bought a CalorieSmart calorie counter rather than have to keep going to the free calorie counter sites online because we can take it with me to different locations and don’t need to turn on a computer to find out nutrition information of over 50,000 food items, including items from over 500 food brands and over 250 restaurants including fast food places.

Check out the links to the many food brands at the Restaurant/Brands links list. For example when you click on the link for Alaska Salmon, King, what appears on the browser (free) is the nutritional values from the label are the nutrition facts such as how many calories are fat, how many are protein, and how many are carbohydrates.

You also see the label with the nutritional values and figures for the amount of sodium, cholesterol, protein, total fat, and saturated fat, as well as daily values based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet may be higher or lower based on your calorie needs.

In my personal experience with CalorieSmart, it can be used as a diet and exercise journal to track your daily diet, log your exercise, and monitor how many calories you've burned. What’s great about any calorie counters, whether free online or with a hand-held tool, is that you can find out the food values and calories for anything you eat. For example, look up nutrition information and calculate calories or nutrition content for your recipes.

The lightweight CalorieSmart, that we chose for mobility is an electronic calorie calculator that easily fits in small spaces. You can carry it when you travel or take it into restaurants because it also works on batteries. If you’re into fitness or weight management, or for your personal use, keep a daily food and exercise diary.

Track food intake and exercise in a journal

Track your food intake and exercise program in a diet and exercise journal. Or if you’re a consultant or want to be, you can track the diet and exercise plans in a journal of anyone of your clients.

Knowing the nutritional values of your food could make an impact on your weight loss success. Log your meal and exercise information, in real-time, for more accurate reporting. Get daily food and exercise calorie totals with a click of a button.

You can store up to 12 months of information in this handheld calorie counter. The benefits of tracking are to set and monitor goals for yourself or anyone else. For example, you can track calories, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, protein, and sodium.

If you want to personalize your nutritional plans to a point where the free online nutrition calorie counters aren’t personal enough, or if you want to control and keep a diary of food values for your diabetes calorie or carbs monitoring, there’s a hand-held calorie counter made just for diabetics, the Track3, to personalize their eating plans, store medical records, glucose monitoring information, and other data useful to diabetics.

For diabetics food information management, you might be more interested in the Track3 counter and diabetes planner, which has all the food and exercise features of the CalorieSmart calorie counter and lets you manage your diabetes by entering various medical records information, blood glucose levels, and other information related to nutrition-related diabetes monitoring. Check out the various devices online and pick the one that most closely monitors your needs.

The important point is that you can record and printout the information you look up by plugging the device into your computer to download everything you’ve researched on your hand-held device

What if you eat certain types of food that are not common brands? If that’s the case, you’ll be able to add up to 1,000 new food items and meals, more exercise information, and a list of your favorite foods. Why we bought one of these devices is not only to carry the device with me outside, but also at home to connect to the PC.

With a hand-held calorie counting tool, you can work without a computer or download all the data to a PC and print out reports or charts. It's great to be able to print out charts that you can use for personal use, for working with clients, or to illustrate and article, recipe, or book for various publications.

If you ever want to write your own family history cookbook or a book for publication, or even submit recipes to magazines, you’ll be able to tell readers what’s in a serving of the recipe. What a hand-held device for nutrition tracking and calorie counting can do is to allow you to keep goals and track progress so you can work towards your own health-related goals. We bought a CalorieSmart. You can choose from the numerous nutritional counters and trackers offering information online.

Portion control versus calorie counting

It's portion control rather than calorie counting that works for some people, whereas others need additionally to count nutritional values such as added sodium content in processed foods. Also check out the site,

Now that certain chain restaurants and fast-food eateries have to show customers the caloric content of the food they serve, per serving, you might want to look at what you're eating at home or on the go. You can use your own calorie counting mobile device that also plugs into your computer so you can download, print-out, email, or upload your information.

You and your kids can have endless 'fun' looking up the nutrition facts about foods. With a hand-held calorie calculator, there's the added math angle so you can teach your child math and nutrition at the same time by finding out how the calculations were done. The free calorie counter website, a Calorie Counter - Count Calories & Food Nutrition Facts FREE gives this information about pinto beans, to use one food as an example.

Nutrition Facts for cooked pinto beans - no salt added.

Serving Size:

1 x 1 cup (171g)



Total Fat:

1.112 g

Saturated Fat:

0.233 g

Monounsaturated Fat:

0.227 g

Polyunsaturated Fat:

0.402 g


0 mg


1.71 mg

Total Carbohydrate:

44.836 g

Dietary Fiber:

15.39 g


0.581 g


15.407 g

Vitamin A:

0 IU

Vitamin C:

1.368 mg


78.66 mg


3.574 mg

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