Daily Tips – What Is a Calorie?

. The dictionary defines a calorie as a unit of heat energy. It is also defined as a unit of energy-producing potential equal to the amount of heat that is contained in food and released upon oxidation by the body. When making the distinction between a chemistry calorie and a food calorie, we must clarify the difference in quantity. The food calorie is equal to 1000 chemistry calories. Now that we have addressed the mathematical and chemical analogy of calorie, …