What is a Calorie?
A calorie is a unit of energy. Rather confusingly, the term "calorie" may refer to two types of calorie - a large one and a small one!
The large "calorie" is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One large calorie is equal to 4,184 joules. It is commonly used in food energy measurement and appears on food labels as "kilocalories." It may also be referred to a a "food calorie."
The small "calorie" is the amount of energy, or heat, it takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). One small calorie is equal to 4.184 joules. It may also be referred to as an "energy calorie."
Calories are Simply Units of Energy
We tend to associate calories with food, but anything containing energy contains calories. For example, a gallon (about 4 liters) of gasoline contains about 31,000,000 calories!
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