Nutrition / calories per oz video

Discussion in 'Hydration, Hygiene & Health' started by Jon Fong, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Jon Fong

    Jon Fong Summit Camper

    I thought that I would share this video that I recently watched. They discuss food selection with respect to optimizing calories per ounce.
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  2. NEEpps

    NEEpps Section Hiker

    Thanks for posting Jon, very informative. I downloaded his Hiker food chart spreadsheet and will do some comparisons. Looks like my Grenade bars might have to be replaced, even though they are yummy.
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  3. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    He sold it to me when he explained that olive oil (yum) beats peanut butter (not), and that fats (hurrah) are better than sugars.
    The 'Tactical' Bars (because they're in a black wrapper) had me :roflmao: :roflmao:

    For those like me who do it in grams, 150 cals per ounce would equate to 5.3 cals per gram, if I've done my sums right, so my rule of thumb will be 500 cals per 100g being properly lightweight. My average daily food pack comes in at about 725g, but it doesn't contain as much as 3625 calories, more like 2500. So I could either up the calories or drop the weight - food for thought!

    Now I'm off to see if I can find some of those Old Trapper Original Deli Style Beef Sticks - got to be kinder on my teeth than jerky too.

    But food bag being the heaviest item? Not when I see some folks' 'Essential Electricals' shoulder collections...
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  4. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Lidl does smoked Kabanoss snacks in different formats. You might also find some in the Polish isles of big supermarkets.
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  5. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    I've just been watching some YouTube videos by Hikerdoc, a retired doctor. He also says go for fats not sugars.
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  6. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    If the body is adapted to fat burning then the fat food option is great. If not, it will horrible to go for high fat, low carb on the trail. It's really worth it to make sure one is metabolically flexible before adapting high fat strategy.

    Just saw peanut butter Snickers in Tesco, which I haven't seen around.
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  7. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    That's interesting though I do like the lumpy bits in Snickers. :)
  8. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

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  9. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    All manner of vile 'chocolate' bars await you in the USA
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  10. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    It looks like there's a lot more than "vile chocolate bars " awaiting the unwary in the 'great' US of A (food wise that is .....). :yuck:

    PS. On the other hand I should really re-assess my food choices for backpacking - lots of 'food' for thought........
  11. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

    I've no doubt, they seem really, really good at scary "foods". Even better at it than Oz. :)
  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I skipped the bars as I can’t stand them, I’ve tried alsorts but they taste like soggy cardboard to me.

    What no pork scratchings?
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  13. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    He succeeded to get me interested in calories and such for the first time in my life...:thumbsup:
    I don't get all this snacks in little wrappers stuff - only edible if close to starvation IMO :D
    My trail snacks are spicy nuts, dried figs and dried coconut - all good it seems - just difficult to resupply with Indian shops (supermarket nuts always taste 3 years old and awful) Also, mountain huts sell crisps :D which I hate with a vengance off trail :) - but I can see his logic...
    Swiss or Belgian chocolate too (at least they actually have chocolate in there...:whistling:) Must look for full fat milk powder instead of the low fat stuff I buy ;)
    But I tried powered peanut butter one season (and a wholefoods product too) but almost unedible...
    Anyone tried freeze dried cheese ever...? :rolleyeses:
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  14. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    It's a pity he makes an error about a minute and a half in; 30oz of food at 125Cal/oz does not give 4,000Calories. Makes me feel I'll have to check all his figures :(
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  15. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    IRCC the powder has lot of its fat removed, so you're left with a lot of fibre.
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    Lempo Thru Hiker

  17. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Interesting video, mostly for the approach rather than the food itself which is very US-specific. Interesting bit about packaging and volume too although it misses the most efficient way of carrying calories: around the waist. ;)
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