0:00 Food, glorious food.
0:01 Delicious, isn’t it?
0:03 Well, it’s also very powerful stuff.
0:07 You see, we require food to give us the energy we need to live our lives.
0:11 To run in the park,
0:12 to hang out the washing,
0:14 to dance with our sweethearts.
0:16 But you already knew that.
0:18 What you may not have known is how that energy is measured.
0:22 And that’s where kilojoules come in.
0:24 Kilojoules are the measure of how much energy you get from consuming food and drink.
0:29 The higher the number, the more energy the food contains.
0:33 Of course, just like any other form of energy, kilojoules can be burnt off.
0:37 And in the case of kilojoules, it’s your body that does the burning.
0:41 So the more you use your body, the more kilojoules you burn.
0:45 But what happens if you consume too many kilojoules…
0:48 more than you’re able to burn off?
0:50 Well, a number of things can happen.
0:53 In the short term, you can experience weight gain, and that may make you feel tired, unfit and lacking in confidence.
1:00 In the longer term, you may even end up with chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers.
1:08 That’s why it’s incredibly important to understand just how much energy your body actually needs.
1:15 The average kilojoule intake here in Australia is 8,700kJs a day.
1:21 While this may sound like a lot, many of our favourite foods are surprisingly high in kilojoules.
1:26 Take this muffin for instance.
1:29 It contains over a quarter of your daily allowance.
1:33 And a single plate of nachos… well, at a whopping 4,175kJs, it’s almost half of your allowance. Crazy huh?
1:42 With takeaway chains here in Queensland now required to display the kilojoule content of food and drink, we now have the information we need to make better choices.
1:52 After all, kilojoules are powerful… but so is knowledge.
1:57 Next time you’re grabbing a bite, be sure to check them out.
2:04 Authorised by the Queensland Government, Brisbane.