Is there anything wrong with the calorie value of a meal?
Caloric value of a meal is used 10 times more often than calorie value, according to Google site:gov search.
Yes, there is a problem using "calorie" there. "Calorie" is a noun; "caloric" is the appropriate adjective.
I've just changed my post during your posting; it was my mistake. I believe my examples are now correct.
All three terms can be synonyms; I'm not asking which one to use, but is it "e" or "c" on the end of each one.
Also, when referring to food calories (i.e. you are discussing how many Calories a cookie has), you should capitalize the C.
This is because a small" calorie is the amount of heat it takes to raise 1 ml of water 1 degree kelvin (about 4.2 joules), while a Calorie ("food Calorie, or kilocalorie), is the amount of heat it takes to raise k l (1000ml) of water 1 degree kelvin.
Food packaging gives caloric values in Calories, (which are really kilocalories).
The adjectives (caloric) would not be capitalized.
I think it would be more correct to say "caloric value" than "Calorie value," as "Calorie" is a noun.
Yes, caloric value and calorie content are expressed in kilocalories or Calories and I still haven't decided which one to use, because in more technical writing they are usually kilocalories...I'm just worried someone could be confused.
Caloric density is expressed in kilocalories per unit of volume or weight.
move along, nothing to see here . . .
Last edited by absitinvidia; 02-08-2013 at 01:02 AM. Reason: thought better of it
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses both "calorie content" and "caloric content." Could it be that both uses are right? When you say "house windows", the "house" is adjective, isn't it? So why couldn't be the "calorie" in "calorie content" also an adjective?
Actually, this page uses both "caloric restriction" and "calorie restriction:"
Now, I think it's this:
Caloric content = adjective + noun.
Calorie content = two nouns.
It seems to me that it also works with
Caloric density and
but only with
Caloric value and not
Calorie value (because this would mean "value of calories," which is a nonsense, and not "value of a meal," as intended)
The above logic doesn't seem to work with
Energetic value, which is much more rarly used than
Energy value, which is common.
Again, my question is not which term (calorie content, value or density) to use, but is it grammatically correct to use caloric or calorie in examples provided.
Caloric and calorie density are used in food studies and not in public health writing so, please, no worries about that.
Content often goes with a noun, as absitinvidia above pointed out (sugar content and salt content), so I'm happy to go with calorie content.
But I believe only caloric value, and not calorie value, is correct.