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Calorie Counter (Collins Gem) [Kindle Edition]

Collins UK
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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With over 700,000 copies sold, Collins Gem Calorie Counter is the UK’s top-selling calorie counter. This new improved edition optimised for e-readers and tablet devices is perfect for those following the Fast Diet (5:2 Diet), Dukan Diet, Atkins Diet or other weight-loss diets and takes in new areas: Kids’ food, Fast Food and Family Favourites.

Controlling calorie intake is one of the most effective ways of dieting. The Gem Calorie Counter, by detailing information on thousands of foods and food products, provides the most comprehensive coverage for a book of this size.

In addition to calorie content for each entry, details are also given of the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and dietary fibre, helping you to plan a balanced diet.

Rather than the single alphabetical listing used in previous editions, the contents are now organised by types of food – for example Fish, Flour and Baking, Fruit and Vegetables and Jams. This makes it easier to find what you are looking for and to compare similar food and products. Gem Calorie Counter is the ideal companion for the weight-conscious shopper.


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Amazon review for the previous edition:

‘Anyone who is thinking of dieting – STOP HERE. This is the handyman guide to dieting. All weight loss classes will ask you to keep a watch on how many calories/fats/carbohydrates you eat per day – BUT they never explain to you what foods have what in them…. If you don’t know, you need this book’

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Controlling calorie intake is one of the most effective ways of dieting and the Gem Calorie Counter, by detailing information on thousands of foods and food products provides the most comprehensive coverage for a book of this size.

In addition to calorie content for each entry, details are also given of the amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat and dietary fibre, helping you to plan a balanced diet.

Complete with a table indicating the calorie intake appropriate to a range of activities, from ironing to rowing, Gem Calorie Counter is the ideal companion for the weight-conscious shopper.


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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Resource 25 Mar. 2010
By Ms S.T
Format:Paperback
I would say this book is a good resource for anyone conscious about their calorie intake or the nutritional contents of various type of foods. The book uses the metric measurement rather than imperial which is great. It contains exactly the information I was after in the sense that it gives the calorific values per 100 grams of food rather than per portion which can be very inaccurate and subjective from one person to another. The different foods are listed per types or categories and I think it is quite easy to find what you are looking for and I also think that as you keep on using the book you will become more and more familiar with using it and localising the food you are after very easily. This book is a comprehensive tool to have, I was pleased to discover that all the foods I usually eat were in there and this made my day.
Now for the negative aspect, I found that the format of the book is a little too small (very much pocket size) which really has its pros and cons, but personally I would have preferred a slightly bigger book size, with a slightly bigger font size too.
However overall I'm very pleased with my buy and would recommend it.
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110 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless waste of money 25 Aug. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've only had this a few hours, and looked up four things in the course of making a batch of ratatoille. Already very disappointed.

1. I looked up aubergine in the 'Vegetables' section - i.e. raw aubergine, one of the ingredients in ratatoille. All it has is the calories for 'Aubergine, sliced, fried in corn oil'. Nothing for raw aubergine. Useless to me as I'm measuring the oil I'm cooking with separately (and being very sparing with it, because I'm on a diet!).

2. I looked up rice in the 'Pasta, Rice & Noodles' section - I found the calories for dry rice, but nothing for cooked rice. Again, not helpful if you are cooking for more than one person. I could, I suppose, weigh all the dry rice, and all the cooked rice, and do the sums, - but as the only one counting calories, it'd be a lot easier just to weigh my portion of cooked rice. There are, BTW, four pages devoted to Pre-cooked rice (i.e. microwave/boil in the bag).

3. I looked up tomatoes, needing the figure for regular, raw tomatoes. First in the list is 'canned, whole', then 'cherry', then 'fried in oil', 'grilled' then more canned stuff. Nothing for regular, raw tomatoes. Okay, so cherry tomatoes are probably the same as regular ones, calorie wise, but it still kind of beggars belief. And aubergines and tomatoes aren't the only veg where no figures are given for the raw produce.

Same problem in meat, fish, and fruit sections; often nothing for the raw, uncooked, unfrozen, uncanned, unbranded food.

Maybe fine if you live mostly out of tins and packets, and on fast food and ready-made meals.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars kindle edition 18 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm sure that the information contained in this guide is great but, unless you have amazingly good eyes don't buy the kindle edition. I have a Kindle Fire and even with the text size on maximum and wearing reading glasses, I could hardly read the information. Publisher's take note - it is unreadable!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need if you're counting calories. 11 April 2010
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This little book contains not only the calorific value of everything you might eat or drink, but also the protein, carb and fat values. It also very usefully lists not only standard foods (such as, say, cod or chicken) but the branded products made from those standard foods. It also gives the values of different means of cooking, e.g. steamed or fried. All that in a very neat little 3" x 4"!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as useful as it might appear 6 Oct. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is not very useful for those who cook their own food, as it lists mainly cooked and ready prepared dishes and not as many raw ingredients as one might hope for.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not great for counting calories per portion 17 Sept. 2010
By Lindsey
Format:Paperback
I bought this book for my mum as I thought it would be exactly what she needed. Unfortunately as virtually all of the listings are for 'per 100g' it's not good for individual items. For example, if you have an egg it only gives the calories per 100g. I don't know about you, but I have no idea how much an egg weighs! Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend this book.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars collins gem calorie counter 22 Mar. 2003
By carol
Format:Paperback
Disappointingly says the book to carry with you between meals. Unfortunately you would also have to carry your kitchen scales. Why, when for example comparing branded bisccuits can they not put calories per biscuit is beyond me. I cam see the rationalle behind this for e.g. chips as portions vary, but it would be a lot better to visualise 1/2 tin of baked beans than 100g. Or the calorific value of 1 jaffa cake as opposed to 100g.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much use to the home cook 6 July 2010
Format:Paperback
I haven't found this book much use at all. It starts off by talking about how important it is to cook your own food but then goes on to concentrate on calorie information for ready-prepared food. Ready-prepared food has the calorie content on it anyway so you don't really need a book to tell you what's in it.
There are strange omissions like under pear it gives you the calories in tinned pears but not in fresh ones! And I would have liked more portion information - for example I would have thought one apple or a carrot would count as a portion but it only gives you the calories in 100g. Or soy sauce - would've been useful to know how many calories in say a tablespoon but again it only gives you the calories in 100g. As if I'm going to weigh out soy sauce!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good concise counter
It is what it is. Good concise counter.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. C. A. S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
brilliant, as described speedy delivery
Published 11 days ago by Mrs M Palmer
3.0 out of 5 stars Finding the right calories for a particular item is not so easy to...
Not impressed. The 1984 previous copy I have is much easier to use. Finding the right calories for a particular item is not so easy to find in this later edition.
Published 16 days ago by retiredrlyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for low-carbing
A handy little book for checking constituents of foods. Comprehensive, portable and educational. Brilliant for low-carbing.
Published 29 days ago by Minerva
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money as you have to go right through ...
Waste of money as you have to go right through book to find what you want deleted it no good to me and found a better app which was free
Published 1 month ago by karen tomlins
1.0 out of 5 stars bought to help in calorie diet. However, having ...
bought to help in calorie diet. However, having used it for a while i looked up blue berries. Not in the book so I went on line. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very helpful little book
Published 2 months ago by Betty Fabb
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
very useful, but not as easy to use as the last one, struggle to find the items
Published 2 months ago by Selina
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good read
Published 2 months ago by Peter Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by animal antics
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