Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories

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. 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)
Calories 100g Per cup (205g)Per tablespoon (13g)
902 calories 1849 calories117 calories
Other Fats & Oils High in Calories (Calories per tablespoon): 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)
Calories 100g Per cup (132g)Per ounce (28g)
718 calories 948 calories201 calories
Other Nuts & Seeds High in Calories (Calories per ounce): 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)
Calories 100g Per 2 tablespoons (32g)Per tablespoon (16g)
590 calories 188 calories94 calories
Other Nut & Seed Butters High in Calories (Calories per tablespoon): Sunflower Seed Butter (99), Almond Butter (98), Cashew Butter (94), and Tahini (89). Click to see complete nutrition facts.



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#4: Chocolate (Dark 70-85% Cacao)
Calories 100g Per bar (101g)Per ounce (28g)
598 calories 604 calories167 calories
Other Chocolate High in Calories (Calories per ounce): 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)
Calories 100g Per cup (132g)Per 1/2 cup (66g)
339 calories 447 calories224 calories
Other Dried Fruit & Fruit Juices High in Calories (Calories per 1/2 cup): 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.



#6: Avocados
Calories 100g Per cup, cubes (150g)Per avocado (201g)
160 calories 240 calories332 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.



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#7: Whole Grains (Wholewheat Pasta, Cooked)
Calories 100g Per cup (140g)Per 1/2 cup (70g)
124 calories 174 calories87 calories
Other Whole Grains High in Calories (Calories per cup, cooked): 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)
Calories 100g Per 2 oz (56g)Per ounce (28g)
452 calories 254 calories127 calories
Other Milk, Dairy & Eggs High in Calories (Calories per ounce, unless otherwise specified): 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)
Calories 100g Per fillet (88g)Per 3oz (85g)
262 calories 231 calories223 calories
Other Oily Fish High in Calories (Calories per 3oz, cooked): 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)
Calories 100g Per piece (314g) Per 3oz (85g)
358 calories 1124 calories304 calories
Other Meat High in Calories (Calories per 3oz, cooked): 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.






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Daisy Whitbread BSc (Hons) MSc DipION is a fully qualified nutritionist also trained in nutritional therapy. After her undergraduate degree in Anatomy and Physiology, she studied a Masters degree in Nutrition at King's College, London. She then studied Nutritional Therapy for three years at The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Read more...