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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,096)
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3/20/13 2:20 P

You are absolutely right, RENATARUNS.

I very rarely eat a single serving of anything... I'm sorry, a serving of meat is 3 oz, and that would NEVER fill me up! It's more about understanding how things measure up. Apples to apples comparisons. :)

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3/20/13 2:18 P

Although it should be noted that what dietary guidelines refer to as a serving and what "eat reasonable portions" people refer to as a serving may not be the same thing. For instance, the guidelines to eat 10 servings or whatever of vegetables per day -- that sounds insane until you realize that each 'serving' is quite small and that each single instance of you eating vegetables in a day might consist of 2 or 3 servings, depending what it is.

Specifically regarding rice: as a near-vegetarian, 1/2 cup is sufficient for some meals but not for others -- it depends what else I'm eating and how much of it is grains (vegetarians require grains for some of their protein needs).

Kinda tangential, I know, just a pet peeve of mine as regards the whole concept of "servings" and how they are utilized.

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3/20/13 2:10 P

One half of a cup of dry rice fluffs up to about four times that, so the option is always for cooked unless otherwise noted. I feed a family of four on 1 cup of dry rice. :)

Half a cup is about a serving of rice. :)

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,328
3/20/13 2:03 P

Almost all the time, they are giving "cooked" portions.

If it is in a recipe, then it may be raw (but usually the entry would say "1/2 cup RAW rice" or "1 cup DRY lentils" etc.. ) Unless it specifies dry/raw/uncooked, assume it is cooked.

Same with veggies - you will see "eggplant" or "spinach" - this means COOKED. The entry for raw eggplant is "Eggplant - fresh" or "Spinach, fresh."

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3/20/13 11:33 A

What do the calories say? If it's around 100 then it's cooked. Plus I know the tracker entries for rice are for cooked.

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3/20/13 11:24 A

When the meal plan calls for 0.5 cup of rice, is that cooked or uncooked emoticon

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