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The physics of chocolate (Read 1132 times)


Dave

    I need some medical advice on this one.

     

    Our office received an unbelievably delicous 5 pound box of chocolates for the holidays.  I've been snacking a little. 

     

    I'm just wondering, if I eat the entire 5 pound box of chocolates, would I expect to gain only 5 pounds of fat, less than that, or are those 5 pounds of chocolate some how magically transformed into more than 5 pounds of fat. 

     

    This chocolate is so good that I'm thinking the 5 pounds might be worth it.

    I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

    dgb2n@yahoo.com
      the words "physics" and "chocolate" should never be placed in the same sentence. under any circumstances.


      HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

        I think it has carbs, so you may want to carb load for your longer runs.

        It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


        A Dance with Monkeys

          You need to give us the % cocoa fat.


          1983

            I don't like chocolate.
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            Dave

              You need to give us the % cocoa fat.

               

              I looked at the box and there is no nutrition information.

               

              Can you use some assumptions based on "smooth, creamy, and yummy"?

               

              I'd really like to make an informed decision about how much of this box to eat.

              I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

              dgb2n@yahoo.com


              Imminent Catastrophe

                I don't like chocolate.

                 what the hell is wrong with you?

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                  I don't like chocolate.

                   

                  You just need to wrap that dark chocolate around an almond!

                     

                     

                    I'd really like to make an informed decision about how much of this box to eat.

                     

                     

                    The box is OK - just go easy on the chocolates.

                    2013

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                    gregw


                      pounds of fat = 5 cals / g * 454 g/lb * 5 lb choc * 1 lb fat / 3500 cal = 3.2 lbs of fat

                       

                      Eat away!


                      1983

                         what the hell is wrong with you?

                         

                        Not liking chocolate is way down on the list of things wrong with me.   Too many to list.

                         

                        To clarify, I like chocolate when paired with something else.  I just don't like chocolate by itself.

                         

                        Chocolate bar - bad

                        Snickers - good

                        Brownies - bad

                        Brownies with Icecream - good

                        Favorite quote: Stop your crying you little girl! 2011: Mt Washington, Washington Trails, Peaks Island, Pikes Peak.


                        Dave

                          pounds of fat = 5 cals / g * 454 g/lb * 5 lb choc * 1 lb fat / 3500 cal = 3.2 lbs of fat

                           

                          Eat away!

                           Excellent.

                           

                          So I only have to imagine about 3/5's of every delicous chocolate strapped to my gut.

                           

                          It may very well be worth it.  Or, conversely, I guess I could just run:

                           

                          3.2 pounds *3500 calories/pound / 140 calories per mile = 80 miles.

                           

                           

                           

                          I ran a mile and I liked it, liked it, liked it.

                          dgb2n@yahoo.com


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                            Ha, just the other night I was considering the "Physics" of eggnog.


                            Eggnog is high in fat.  Fat has more calories/gram than carbs or alcohol.  So I liberally diluted my eggnog with dark rum.  You know, so it was DIET eggnog.  It was good.

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                            A Dance with Monkeys

                              pounds of fat = 5 cals / g * 454 g/lb * 5 lb choc * 1 lb fat / 3500 cal = 3.2 lbs of fat

                               

                              Eat away!

                               

                              5 cals per gram is carbohydrate.

                               

                              Fat is 9 cals per gram.

                               

                              The reason to know the % fat is to be able to figure out how many calories the chocolate contains.  Once you know that, you still have to make assumptions about how much eaten is absorbed and about how much absorbed is stored.


                              A Dance with Monkeys

                                Discussed elsewhere

                                From that thread:

                                 

                                Caloric contents:
                                1 gram fat = 9 calories; 1 lb = 4086 calories
                                1 gram carb = 4 calories; 1 lb = 1816 calories
                                1 gram protein = 4 calories; 1 lb = 1816 calories

                                Weight gained is equal to the number of calories consumed in excess to calories expended, divided by the way the body stores it. There is no magic number, such as eat 3600 cal and gain one pound.

                                So, if you eat 100 calories in excess of what you expend, AND your body absorbs it all (another big big factor), you will gain 11 grams if it is stored as fat or 25 grams if it is stored as protien or carbs (such as glycogen). You body also uses water molecules as it processes these calories into storage forms, which increase your weight further.

                                Lets say you eat one pound of chocolate. Chocolate contains fats, carbs and some undigestable solids that you do not absorb. If you are eating bitersweet chocolate, you will get about 2400 calories. If it is milk chocolate, that is about 4500 calories. (Sorry for that news folks. Also, the reason the milk chocolate is more calories than if it were fat alone is that there are sugars dissolved in, I believe.)

                                If you eat the pound of milk chocolate and your body absorbs, say, 4086 calories, then go sit on the couch, stop breathing and using any energy at all, you will store all those calories. If your body stores them as fat, you will gain one pound. If your body stores them as carbs AND the process of converting fat to carbs required NO energy expenditure (it does), you would gain 2.25 lbs. The reason why you are able to gain more weight than the physical weight of the chocolate is because...drum roll here...

                                you store the calories by binding it with water molecules, which bring weight.

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