Online Calorie Counter
By Liz Lipski, PhD, CNN

If you're out shopping or on the way to the gym and only have time for a fast-food fix, visit nutritiondata.com for a complete nutritional analysis of your favorite on-the-go foods. It'll keep you on the straight and narrow. Hankering for a Krispy Kreme? The site provides a reality check, registering that innocent little glazed pumpkin pie doughnut at 340 calories and 27 grams of fat.

How about a Starbuck's Caramel Apple Cider? Try 228 calories and 50 grams of sugar. Complete menu items from restaurants including Dairy Queen, Chick-fil-A, Burger King and Pizza Hut are available. Forewarned is forearmed. Started by husband-wife team Ron and Lori Johnson, fitness and nutritional consultants, Nutrition Data uses the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference as its source. Nutrition Data estimates individual daily needs, analyzes recipes, tracks food consumption and provides weight-loss tips.

If you are curious to see what nutrients your cranberry sauce has, or whether homemade or canned is healthier, just click a button. The colorful graphics will tell you almost instantly what foods should be at the top of your list or in the garbage. The site is easy to navigate and, best of all, free. - Liz Lipski, Ph.D.


Liz Lipski, Ph.D, CCN, is Pilates Style’s Nutrition Editor.

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