Burning Fuel: The Average Car vs. The Average Human
Cars use gas to power themselves, just as people use food. And energy is energy, no matter where you get it. So, how many calories are in a gallon of gas? How does that compare to our food?
- The average American driver uses 1.4 gallons of gas per day, roughly 500 gallons per year.
- 1 gallon of gas equals 31.268 calories.
- 1 gallon of gasoline equals: 1) Pint of Guinness X 150; 2) Filet mignon X 95; 3) Big Mac x 69; 4) Pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey x 27; 5) Medium banana x 297.
- A car burns 1.125 calories per minute at 60 mph.
- The average car produces 29.6 pounds of CO2 a day.
- Average daily caloric intake for adults = 2.000 cal. 2000 calories = 16% of one gallon of gas.
- A person burns 4.6 calories per minute at 3 mph.
- The average person produces 0.23 pounds of waste per day.
- Foods we get our fuel room: 1) Big Mac (450 cal.); 2) Starbucks Grande Latte with 2% milk (16 oz.) (160 cal.); 3) Can of Coke (12 oz.) (155 cal.); 4) Pint of Guinness (210 cal.); 5) Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice (1 cup)
(110 cal.); 6) An Entire Outback Bloomin' Onion (2.310 cal.); 7) A Pint of Ben & Jerry's Chunky monkey (1.160 cal.); 8) 6 oz. filet mignon (329 cal.); 9) Medium banana (105 cal.).
Sources: Fightglobalwarming.org; NASA; the New York Times.