21st November 2019


What does kCal mean on a nutrition label?

One calorie (with a lower case c) is the amount of energy required to heat 1 gram of water by 1°C. A kilocalorie is 1000 calories, and Calorie (with a capital C) and kilocalorie (Kcal) are synonyms. On food labels, nutrition facts are in terms of kilocalories/Calories. ( Wikipedia)

Correspondingly, is kCal different from Cal?

A calorie is a unit of energy. The second is the large calorie or kilogram calorie (symbol: Cal), also known as the food calorie and similar names, is defined in terms of the kilogram rather than the gram. It is equal to1000 small calories or 1 kilocalorie (symbol: kcal).

Is a kilocalorie bigger than a calorie?

Yes, though technically a kilocalorie is 1000 calories, the American "calorie" that is listed on nutrition labels is synonymous with the kilocalorie included on European labels.

Is kCal the same as calories burned?

The number of kilocalories (kcals) you burn depends on the type of exercise you do. (A kcal is the same amount of energy as a calorie, except that the custom is to use the term "calories" when we're talking about food and "kilocalories" when we're talking about exercise. They're both the same amount of energy.)
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