Can Calories Be Cut In Half?

Can Calories Be Cut In Half

Peggy Woodward, R.D.


DEAR PEGGY: My question is about calories. For example if a nutrition label states that 2 tablespoons has 200 calories, does 1 tablespoon have 100 calories? Can you determine any calorie amount this way by simply subtracting half, or would the calorie amount be different? —A. W., Zimmerman, Minnesota


Yes, in order to recalculate the nutrition information for a smaller portion, you can simply divide the nutritional numbers by two if you are, for example, cutting the portion size in half.