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ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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3/5/13 10:17 P

You shouldn't necessarily go by only the SparkPeople food tracker. The nutrition labels on food products is your best bet. The label will usually specify whether the nutrition portion is for raw or cooked.

As for veggies, it is totally acceptable to microwave your frozen or fresh veggies. That is the best method of cooking...which preserves the nutrients in the food. Boiling on the stove is not good, as those nutrients vanish during the cooking process or end up in the water that is used to boil the veggies.

3/5/13 9:50 P

I was going back and forth on this tonight as well. What about frozen vegetables, or other foods that might be already cooked but frozen? Some water gets cooked off during heating. With vegetables I'd want to make sure I'm cooking enough so my fiber and nutrients are accurate.

Edited by: THEREISNOTRY69 at: 3/5/2013 (21:51)
SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (246,873)
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3/5/13 9:50 P

I contacted our Meat Board to get the specific nutrients for each cut of meat in it's uncooked format, because where it comes to stews/casseroles, who knows what was included - even the amount of liquid if it isn't being drained can make a difference. The only cooked meat I wegih include are things like steaks or roasts where the meat is solid, and the Meat Board provided me with the breakdown for that too. I do this because
a) the cuts in the US are often called different names to what we have in NZ,
b) different countries like varying amounts of fats in their meats, so the breed of sheep/cattle can be a factor in the nutritional analysis.


NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
3/5/13 9:41 P

as long as you are using info from the tracker and not the package then you are doing it correctly. if you want to use the info from the package, you would need to weigh raw [or however it came in the package].

ZENANDNOW SparkPoints: (68,476)
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3/5/13 7:09 P

Early last month I posted a thread elsewhere about this very topic. I believe that weighing protein after cooking is the best option. The example I used: 4-oz of ground chuck hamburger has 280 calories. However, after microwaving that same portion, and after draining off all the juice/fat and then re-weighing, the portion becomes around 2.8-oz. My belief is that not only does the burger weigh less after cooking it, but there are also fewer calories and fat than what would be in a 4-oz portion of uncooked hamburger. Of course, I got some flak for that from some members who told me that it made no difference. But I disagree...

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,313)
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3/5/13 6:40 P

All of the sparkpeople-generated entry (the ones with no usernames) are for cooked unless otherwise indicated. Th ones with usernames beside them, who knows. :)

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (267,169)
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3/5/13 6:21 P

I agree totally. You weigh AFTER cooking. I did some messing around with this long ago and it's pretty amazing what a difference the weight is before and after cooking!!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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3/5/13 6:16 P

After, unless the entry in the tracker specifically says it's for raw. You're doing it correctly.

YEDDY3 Posts: 92
3/5/13 6:07 P

I have always cooked my protein, then weighed it. Is this correct or do you need to weigh proteins before they are cooked? It does make a difference,

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