Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories
Calories are the basic unit of energy found in all foods and are necessary to maintain the body's vital functions or basal metabolic rate. The amount of calories a person needs depends on factors like their age, gender, and lean muscle mass.
Eating too few calories for a prolonged period of time causes a person to become underweight (per the BMI) leading to muscle atrophy, weakened immunity, and eventually, organ failure. Conversely, eating too many calories causes a person to become overweight and obese, increasing their chances of heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer.
Healthy high-calorie foods include nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, dried fruit, avocados, whole grains, milk, dairy, eggs, fish, and meats. The amount of calories a person needs depends on their age, gender, activity level, and muscle mass. The DV for calories is 2000 calories.
Below is a list of the top 10 high calorie foods, if you are looking to lose weight, see the section on unhealthy high calorie foods to avoid. If you are looking to gain weight, see the sections on calorie rich foods recommended for weight gain, select meal portions for eating more calories, and the article on high calorie weight gain meal plans.
#1: Fats & Oils (Beef Tallow, Lard, Fish Oil, Vegetable Oil)Other Fats & Oils High in Calories (Calories per tablespoon):
|Calories 100g ||Per cup (205g)||Per tablespoon (13g)|
|902 calories ||1849 calories||117 calories|
Soybean Oil, Peanut Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Palm Oil, Sesame Oil, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Walnut Oil, Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Avocado Oil, Safflower Oil & Flaxseed Oil (124), Coconut Oil (121), Mutton Tallow, Chicken, Turkey & Goose Fat (117), and Butter (100). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#2: Nuts & Seeds (Macadamia Nuts)Other Nuts & Seeds High in Calories (Calories per ounce):
|Calories 100g ||Per cup (132g)||Per ounce (28g)|
|718 calories ||948 calories||201 calories|
Pecans (199), Pine Nuts (188), Desiccated Coconut (185), Brazil Nuts (184), Walnuts (183), Hazelnuts/Filberts (181), Peanuts & Sunflower Seeds (164), Almonds (162), Cashew Nuts, Pumpkin & Squash Seeds (161), Pistachio Nuts (159), Watermelon Seeds (156), Flaxseeds (150), and Chia Seeds (136). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#3: Nut & Seed Butters (Peanut Butter)Other Nut & Seed Butters High in Calories (Calories per tablespoon):
|Calories 100g ||Per 2 tablespoons (32g)||Per tablespoon (16g)|
|590 calories ||188 calories||94 calories|
Sunflower Seed Butter (99), Almond Butter (98), Cashew Butter (94), and Tahini (89). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#4: Chocolate (Dark 70-85% Cacao)Other Chocolate High in Calories (Calories per ounce):
|Calories 100g ||Per bar (101g)||Per ounce (28g)|
|598 calories ||604 calories||167 calories|
Dark Chocolate 60-69% Cacao (162), and Dark Chocolate 45-59% Cacao (153). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#5: Dried Fruit & Fruit Juices (Prunes)Other Dried Fruit & Fruit Juices High in Calories (Calories per 1/2 cup):
|Calories 100g ||Per cup (132g)||Per 1/2 cup (66g)|
|339 calories ||447 calories||224 calories|
Dried Cherries (266), Dried Blueberries (254), Dried Pears (236), Raisins (217), Dates (208), Dried Apricots (191), Dried Peaches (189), Figs (186), Dried Cranberries (185), Dried Apples (104), Prune Juice (91), Grape Juice (76), Passion Fruit Juice (74), Pineapple Juice (67) and Pomegranate Juice (27). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
|Calories 100g ||Per cup, cubes (150g)||Per avocado (201g)|
|160 calories ||240 calories||332 calories|
Half a typical avocado contains 7 grams of fibre, 41% DRV for folate, and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#7: Whole Grains (Wholewheat Pasta, Cooked)Other Whole Grains High in Calories (Calories per cup, cooked):
|Calories 100g ||Per cup (140g)||Per 1/2 cup (70g)|
|124 calories ||174 calories||87 calories|
Teff (255), Amaranth (251), Spelt (246), Kamut Khorasan (227), Quinoa (222), Brown Rice (218), Millet (207), Pearled Barley (193), Wild Rice (166), Buckwheat Groats (155), Bulgur (151), Soba Noodles (113), and Oat Bran (88). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#8: Milk, Dairy & Eggs (Goat's Cheese, Hard)Other Milk, Dairy & Eggs High in Calories (Calories per ounce, unless otherwise specified):
|Calories 100g ||Per 2 oz (56g)||Per ounce (28g)|
|452 calories ||254 calories||127 calories|
Soft Goat's Cheese (75), Feta (74), Whole Milk (149 per cup), Buttermilk (152 per cup), Powdered Milk (159 per 1/4 cup), Ricotta (108 per 1/4 cup), Greek Yoghurt (99 per container), Protein Powder (45 per tablespoon), Whey (28 per tablespoon), 1 Boiled Egg (78). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#9: Oily Fish (Mackerel, Cooked)Other Oily Fish High in Calories (Calories per 3oz, cooked):
|Calories 100g ||Per fillet (88g)||Per 3oz (85g)|
|262 calories ||231 calories||223 calories|
American Shad (214), Herring (213), Halibut (203), Salmon (175), Trout (162), Butterfish (159), Tuna Steak (156), Tuna Canned in Oil (168), Canned Sardines (191 per can), Canned Anchovies (95 per can). Click to see complete nutrition facts.
#10: Meat (Beef Brisket, Cooked)Other Meat High in Calories (Calories per 3oz, cooked):
|Calories 100g ||Per piece (314g) ||Per 3oz (85g)|
|358 calories ||1124 calories||304 calories|
Ground Pork (334), Turkey Bacon (321), Lamb Shoulder (303), Duck, Meat & Skin (286), Pork Shoulder (269), Goose, Meat & Skin (259), Veal Loin (241), Chicken Dark Meat (219), Chicken Drumsticks (173). Click to see complete nutrition facts.