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COURAGEG
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8/23/10 8:51 A

Thanks so much for the post Itgirl! I was looking everywhere on the site for this info and here you are!



ITGIRL74
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3/31/10 11:25 A

It seems you are getting a lot of conflicting information here, so I will paste the answer from SparkPeople's FAQs. I do agree that restaurants use pre-cooked weight, but the nutrition tracker definitely uses cooked weight unless otherwise specified.

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How do I know if the recommended serving size is cooked or uncooked when I look at it in the food database?

Cooked vs. uncooked…that is the question. However, standard serving sizes are always listed in a ready to eat state. When you are dishing the food item onto your plate, this is when the measuring and weighing begins. These standard portions are perfect examples:

* Meat: 3 ounces, cooked
* Vegetables: 1 cup, raw
* Vegetables: ½ cup cooked
* Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: ½ cup cooked

But, many times recipes do not use these standard portion sizes. Here are a few tips to help determine how much is being used:

MEAT
Meat contains 7 grams of protein per cooked ounce.
Example: If the nutrient analysis for a pork chop recipe indicates 35 grams of protein/serving, you can estimate that approximately 5 ounces of cooked meat is used for the serving.

GRAIN PRODUCTS
Grain products contain about 15-17 grams of carbohydrate, 3-4 grams of protein, 0-1 grams of fat; for a total of 80-90 calories per ½ cup cooked portion.
Example: If a pasta salad contains 24 grams of carbohydrates per serving, you could estimate that approximately 3/4 cup of cooked pasta is being used for the serving.



MYREALANA
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3/31/10 11:01 A

Plus, any restaurant you go to; its based on after cooking.

For example, McDonald's quarter pounder is weighed after its cooked.
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If you read the McDonald's menu, it specifies "pre-cooked weight" for the quarter pounder.

Portion size calculations usually indicate pre-cooked weight. I weigh all my meats prior to cooking. The exception is the pre-cooked chicken I occasionally buy to put on my salad. I estimate about 10% higher than the weight of the actual cooked chicken I used.




ITGIRL74
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3/31/10 11:00 A

Unless the item listed in the nutrition tracker specifically says "raw" (or "dry" or "uncooked"), it refers to cooked weight.



JILLIEWILLE1
Posts: 771
3/31/10 10:32 A

My Husband is in the food business. He said all meat,chicken and the like is weighed before cooking.



POSEY440
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3/31/10 10:22 A

I think after is more accurated



LIQUIDJEWELS07
Posts: 396
3/31/10 9:32 A

I do it after cooking.

Plus, any restaurant you go to; its based on after cooking.

For example, McDonald's quarter pounder is weighed after its cooked.



YIYEHTOV
Posts: 794
3/31/10 9:30 A

I weigh before (but defrosted, usually)-- I figure that's probably when I'm most likely to get "just food." However, I fudge it sometimes... for example, today I grilled some chicken in a pan and weighed the amount I ate AFTER cooking. It's not exact science!



MINIER
Posts: 216
3/31/10 9:24 A

If I were going to cook 4 oz of salmon, or 4 oz of beef (or whatever other fish or meat), do I weight it BEFORE or AFTER cooking to get accurate serving count?



 
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