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13 Nifty Nutrition Infographics

Everything You Need to Know About Calories

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From the basics (i.e. "so what is a calorie?") to how many you'll burn after you eat bad things (fast food, to be specific), this infographic from WeightLoss.org will keep you in check.

What we learned: The average daily caloric intake per capita in the United States is 3,754, while in Ethiopia, it is 1,858, and the recommended caloric intake for adult females is 2,000 calories per day. Since a Big Mac, large fries, and a large chocolate milkshake from McDonald's is well over 2,000, this will make us think twice next time we're at the drive-thru.

The Life of Tofu

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If you've gone vegetarian or vegan, you're likely eating a lot of tofu to get all the protein you need. This infographic from Nasoya will tell you everything you need to know about the superfood.

What we learned: How to stir fry tofu with veggies, tofu tacos and tofu scramble, plus all of the nutritional benefits tofu holds.

A Sip of Soda: How Soft Drinks Impact Your Health

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This infographic via TermLifeInsurance.org (hmmm) points out all of the harmful effects of soft drinks, including asthma, heart disease, kidney issues, and reproductive problems. Yikes!

What we learned: Simply, don't drink soda because it's bad.

The Paleolithic Diet Explained

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Easily the coolest infographic in this roundup of nutrition, this neat one from PaleolithicDiet.com goes into the history of how humans—then to now—were/are affected by the food they eat, and dispels some of the common misconceptions about diets.

What we learned: Obesity may have started in the'50s—at the time, 33 percent of adults in the United States were overweight. And, one out of 133 people have celiac disease and know about it. Many more might have no idea!

Food Safety: Good Food, Bad Food

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This infographic from The Greatist, a health and fitness blog, might scare the crap out of you, but at the end of the day, it may make all the difference to keep you out of harm's way when you're picking and preparing food.

What we learned: So far, there have been 312 food recalls this year. Plus, keep food safety in mind by keeping an eye out for such recalls and warnings, as well as the "sell by" dates.

The Great Diet Comparison

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Atkins, Perricone, LA Weight Loss, Raw Food, The Belly Fat Cure, Weight Watchers... All of these fad diets are so hard to keep track of. So which ones work best with your lifestyle and needs? This infographic from The Greatest, a health and fitness blog, will help you narrow down your choices.

What we learned: The pros and cons of the fad diets mentioned above, and whether or not each is healthy.

Dirty Water

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The water that comes out of your faucet might be clean and clear, but it might be smart to think twice before you take a sip. Some utility districts contain a higher number of pollutants than the legal limit. This infographic was created by Good and Naz Sahin & Serifcan Ozcan using information from Environmental Working Group's National Drinking Water Database.

What we learned: Cities in California, Florida, and Nevada have some pretty dirty water.

The Caffeine Poster

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A single cup of coffee is harmless, but did you know there's such a thing as "caffeine intoxication?" This infographic breaks down how much caffeine is in the beverages you're drinking to get through the day.

What we learned: After 300 mg of caffeine, you will get the shakes. This is caffeine intoxication. Just one tall 12 oz coffee from Starbucks has 300 mg of caffeine.

Making an Organic Choice

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This infographic from So Nice explains why eating organic food is beneficial. Reasons range from food quality to no chemicals, no radiation, no genetical modification.

What we learned: Pretty much, why everyone should go organic.

Marathon Meal

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how much exercise you'll have to do to burn all of the good eats you're going to consume this holiday season. That's what this infographic from Gary Newman Design will teach you.

What we learned: If you're going to eat just three slices of turkey, you'll need to run 1.5 miles. If you eat mashed potatoes with your turkey with gravy, you'll have to do 2.9 miles. And, don't even get us tarted on the pumpkin pie!

MyPlate.gov

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So long good ol' food pyramid. In 2011, The USDA has decided to release "MyPlate," which changed up the proportions and portions of what people used to consider a balanced daily diet.

What we learned: Who knew that you had to make half of your plate fruits and vegetables?! Also, in the old breakdown, fats, oils, and sweets actually had a section.

The Scary Truth About Movie Theater Snacks

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After looking at this infographic by diettogo, we're kind of scared to visit a movie theater again. From the soda to the popcorn, the tempting snacks at your local movie theater are truly scary if you look at the actual number of calories they behold, not to mention what those calories are equivalent to. For starters, an 8 oz package of Reese's Pieces is about 1,200 calories or 26 slices of bacon. Whoa!

What we learned: Don't eat movie theater snacks. A large popcorn with butter alone is equivalent to eating 4 1/2 cheeseburgers—that's 1,500 calories.

10 Daily Nutrients

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Both women and men can use this infographic from the Healthy Times Blog as a daily reference to make sure they'e getting their appropriate daily intake of nutrients, such as vitamin K, calcium, vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, and more. It also provides tips on how to make those nutrients count and which foods have them.

What we learned: Some of us are not getting the appropriate intake of some of these vitamins. Eek! Print this out and put it on your fridge as a reminder.