What Is kJ, How Do I Measure It & What Foods Can I Find It In?

kJ, or kilojoules is a unit of energy widely used in nutrition.

Kilojoules are the metric measurement of calories.

When we eat and drink, we put energy into our bodies.

Our bodies use up that energy through everyday movement.

Every cell in our body requires energy to function at its optimal capacity. We need to nourish our bodies right.

If we don’t get enough nutrients that calories provide, there will be negative consequences.

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kJ Means Kilojoule

kJ means kilojoules. It is one way to measure the amount of energy there is in a food or drink.

Food energy is used to meet the body's needs for protein synthesis, maintenance of body temperature, cardiac output, respiration, and muscle function. (source )

Measure kJ

There are two ways to measure the amount of energy there is in a food or drink by kilocalories, KCAL or kilojoules, kJ. (source )

You can convert kilocalories to kilojoules by multiplying the calories by 4.2, which makes 100 kcals = 420 kJ. (source )

Where Does The Energy Come From?

The energy we consume comes from carbohydrates, protein, fats, and alcohol. (source )

More than 95% of food's energy is digested and absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract to provide the body's energy needs. (source )

Foods You Can Find kJ (Energy) In

You find kJ (Energy) mostly in fats and oils, American Indian and Alaska native food, and dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

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