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  • A kilojoule (or Calorie) is a unit of energy. In Australia, we use kilojoules (kJ) to measure how much energy people get from consuming a food or drink.
  • The kilojoule content of foods depends on the amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins present in the food, and the portion size.
  • Foods that are high in fats, added sugars or alcohol are by far the highest in kilojoules.
  • Foods such as fruits, vegetables and legumes are lower in kilojoules.
  • You can find out how many kilojoules are in packaged foods by checking the label. 
  • When eating out or grabbing food on the run, check for kilojoules on the menu or food display tags

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Reviewed on: 23-04-2018