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19 Apr 2006

Differing calorific intakes
Is it true that when for example one apple of equal variety and size is sweeter than another, it contains more calories? Also a banana which is very ripe is much sweeter than a banana of the same size and variety which hasn't ripened fully, surely there must be a calorific difference?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Suzanne
Yes, there is a natural variation in energy values between different fruits, but this difference is so small compared to the total amount of energy ingested every day that it is basically insignificant. It is also impossible to determine the energy content of every single fruit a person may consume, so you use average values. It is not necessary to worry about tiny variations in energy intake as this can lead to obsessive concern with energy intake, weight, etc.
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