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How Many Calories Does a Beef Gyros Have?

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author image Peter Mitchell
Based near London, U.K., Peter Mitchell has been a journalist and copywriter for over eight years. Credits include stories for "The Guardian" and the BBC. Mitchell is an experienced player and coach for basketball and soccer teams, and has written articles on nutrition, health and fitness. He has a First Class Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from Bristol University.
How Many Calories Does a Beef Gyros Have?
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Beef gyros originated in Greece. They contain thin slices of meat — generally lamb or beef — mixed with vegetables such as tomato and red onion. Usually, a beef gyros is served in a warm pita bread. Gyros is a high-calorie food.

Main Ingredients

According to a recipe on the Food.com website, a portion of beef gyros contains 1/4-pound of beef steak, 1/2-clove of garlic, 1/4-teaspoon of oregano, 1 tsp. of olive oil, 1/4-ounce of feta cheese, one pita bread, 1/2 large plum tomato, a little red onion and 1 ounce of ranch dressing.

Calorie Count

A quarter-pound of fried beef steak with the fat trimmed off contains 212 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyFood-a-pedia calorie counter website. A piece of pita bread packs 124 calories. A teaspoon of olive oil is equal to 40 calories, while an ounce of ranch dressing has 142. A quarter-ounce of feta cheese has 99 calories and half a plum tomato 16. Half a clove of garlic equals 2 calories, while oregano and red onion total about 6 calories together.

Total Calorie Amount

A beef gyros in white pita bread contains around 639 calories by adding up these ingredients; the FatSecret website, meanwhile, calculates that one sandwich with similar ingredients weighs in at 587 calories. Changing the ingredients or cooking could raise or lower the calorie amount. For example, using whole-meal pita bread or low fat dressing would reduce the calories, as would roasting or grilling the beef instead of stir-frying it.

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