Friday, June 25, 2010
Different cuts of meat vary in how much they shrink during cooking - chicken breasts, pork chops, various cuts of steak, ground beef patties, etc.
When you enter the number of ounces of your chicken, pork or beef into your nutrition tracker, are you entering the pre-cooked weight or the cooked weight?
You can easily see when you grill that water and fat are dripping out of your food.
How much does that alter the "total ounces" of the food that actually enters your mouth?
Which is the PROPER and MOST ACCURATE weight to use when you're counting calories or fat?
What do you think?
Have you found any info on Spark People that addresses this?
Inquiring minds want to know, lol.
Ok. As suggested I checked the nurtrition message board in the FAQ I found this:
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: ˝ cup cooked
Pasta, Noodles, Rice, Oatmeal: ˝ 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 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.
THANK YOU ALL for responding! I learned some valuable information today. Isn't Spark People a great place!