High-Calorie Foods List

Updated April 17, 2017

Monitoring the calorie content of your food is beneficial whether you're trying to lose weight or bulk up. There are many foods high in calorie count. Narrowing them down by type can help you understand the breakdown of high-calorie foods compared to those with lower calorie counts.


Proteins can either be lean or high in calories, depending on the type you choose. A perfect example is peanut butter, which is a good fat but packs a lot of calories per serving. One tablespoon of peanut butter can run anywhere from 100 to 200 calories, depending on brand, a large amount for such a small amount. Meats like lamb and pork, and fish like salmon are also about twice as high in calories as other varieties like chicken or tuna.


Dairy provides necessary calcium for our bones and muscles, but some forms of dairy are very high in calories. Whole-fat milk can run about 140 calories per eight ounces, compared to about 50 calories for skimmed milk. Cheeses like Brie and cheddar are also about 100 calories for a small three-ounce portion, while skim cheeses or cottage and ricotta cheese will run you about half of that. Dairy like fat free yoghurt contain far fewer calories for the same serving size.


Most fruits and vegetables are on the whole very low in calories, but there are some exception. Potatoes, for example, contain starch and sugar that raises the calorie count. A cup of potatoes is about 180 calories, as opposed to a vegetable like squash that is 80 calories per cup. Avocados are also high in fat and calories, though avocado oil is considered to be a heart-healthy type of fat.

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