Where a picture is worth a thousand calories


There are plenty of places to find beautifully photographed food on the Internet — on Web pages for restaurants, recipes or candy companies. But food photography can be more than just gustatory Glamour Shots. Here’s a collection of some of the most creative, informative photos of food we’ve found online.

Oklahoma State University hosts a set of extensive food galleries aimed at educating the public about how to recognize portion sizes. The site has separate galleries for vegetables, dairy, meats and oils — and a dazzling array of breads, biscuits and rolls. You can slaver over the Oklahoma State University Food Gallery at

Glamour magazine’s slideshow demonstrates all the extra sides you can eat with your entree — for the same number of calories — should you merely switch to a low fat version of a food. Someone at Glamour must really like raspberries and beer — they show up multiple times as these bonuses.


Salivate over Glamour Health Calorie Math at

WiseGeek is a website that tries to give plainspoken explanations of technical questions. One of its archives shows what 200 calories’ worth of a variety of foods looks like, from the least calorie-dense to the most.

My Money Blog’s companion page shows how much each food portion costs, highlighting that fact that many of the least-healthy foods are also the cheapest.

Savor WiseGeek 200 Calorie Portraits at costs at My Money Blog:

And there’s more! Ever wonder what your fast food looks like up close — really close? Probably not, but you can find out at a website run by Michael Davidson of Florida State University. The university’s Molecular Expressions site catalogs thousands of pictures taken with high-powered optical microscopes, including a gallery of burger ingredients. (No information on how many calories are in one cubic nanometer of a French fry.)


Check out Burgers ‘n Fries Microscopy at:

Most of these links serve as teaching tools, but there’s plenty of room on the Internet for junk-food worship. Feel free to contribute to any of the six discussion topics at the fan site for a famous Los Angeles street snack. Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs Flickr Group can be found at

— Chelsea Martinez