Lifestyle: calorie-wise desserts: fruitcake?

Maintaining calorie consciousness means constant self-tutoring. The tutor shares that fruitcake may be surprisingly calorie wise.

My wife brought home a fruitcake a couple of days ago. I’m the only one of our family who likes fruitcake, but since I’m trying to lose a few pounds, I was a bit worried. Would eating the fruitcake stall my weight loss? Not necessarily.

The fruitcake she bought is by Weston Bakeries, out of Toronto. It’s topped with pecans but not iced. Per 83g, it carries 280 calories.

By way of comparison I looked at a bagel with margarine. The bagel is 190 calories (for 75g). Next, a teaspoon of margarine we buy carries 35 calories and has mass 4.5g. I can easily imagine putting a teaspoon of margarine on each half of a freshly toasted bagel. That brings the toasted bagel, with the margarine, to 260 calories, and 84g.

So, gram for gram, the fruitcake is about 20/260, or 8%, more calorie dense than a toasted bagel with margarine.

The reason the fruitcake is (to my mind, anyway) surprisingly low in calories is that it’s less than 10 percent fat.

I’ll eat the fruitcake, little by little:)


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

Diet and weight loss: Is the banana to be avoided if you want to lose weight?

Dieting, I’m constantly self-tutoring. The tutor shares, to him, a surprising find about the calories in a banana.

banana beside three Easter eggs:  same calorie value!

Easter can be a challenging time for someone on a diet. Putting out eggs last night, I gave in to temptation and ate a few, then checked the wrapper for an idea about the consequences. The kind of Easter egg in the photo above is about 6.5g, 33.33 calories each. Therefore, three of those eggs together are worth 100 calories – about the same as the banana.


Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.