Training & Nutrition - Calorie versus calorie?!

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MsMittens
01-10-05, 08:19 AM
I've been in a discussion with some colleagues at another site and one guy made the following posting:

1 Calorie = 1000 calorie = 1 kcal = 4184 Joules

A rather confusing statement. The issue we're having is over "Calorie" versus "calorie". Which if, I'm guessing right, might have led to a statement that "3,500 calories = 1lb" when in fact it should be "3,500kcals = 1lb".

Semantics perhaps but having proper terminology can be important.

kf5nd
01-10-05, 08:23 AM
also, 1 kcal = 1 Cal = 1000 cal

the capital c denotes kcal

MsMittens
01-10-05, 08:39 AM
the capital c denotes kcal

So how do I know which "calorie" someone is referring to if it appears at the start of a sentence?

BryanW
01-10-05, 09:28 AM
If they mean "big" Calorie and it's at the start of a sentence, the "C" will be in a larger typeface, shadowed, bold, and underlined. If handwritten, it'll be in red. If the rest of the sentence is already in red, it will be in whatever shade of deeper red will be gained by adding ultramarine in a ratio of one part blue to every two parts red.

supcom
01-10-05, 10:48 AM
Almost anytime the word 'Calorie' (with or without the capital 'C') is used with regard to food or metabolism, it is synonymous with kilocalorie. Generally, you only encounter 'calorie' (the lowercase one) or kilocalorie in scientific publications.

Roody
01-10-05, 11:43 AM
Jeeze-o-peet. (With an upper case J.)