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My Rant: Grams vs Ounces

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I have started weighing food in grams rather than ounces or cups. Do you know how inaccurate ounces are?! I can fit way more shredded cheddar cheese in that 1/2 cup measure than 28 grams. Hey, more for me! No? How many more calories was that? Around 110?
I've watched people measure out their food. Some overfill the cup measures, some under fill them. I haven't figured out why you would want to do either. Whichever way you choose, you would be cheating yourself, so you would have too many calories or you'd be hungry!

Okay, I realize that tracking is not a science. Yes, you can weigh and measure your food. Hopefully, you're within a 50 calorie range. The thing is, how do you measure one cup of lettuce? Do you pack it in or place it? Shredded or chopped?
May I please take a moment to complain (I know I shouldn't, it's on my list of things NOT TO DO) about the SP food tracker? (Not the foods put in by members.) Why can't I measure sweet potatoes, with skin, no salt in grams?! Why is it that some things are listed twice and have different nutritional values?

Okay, okay, I know. It does not have to be that accurate! My concern is that I don't want to be 200 or 300 calories over what I think I ate.
Oh, and before any of my friends comment on the American system of measurement, don't start. I was reading a recipe for Coronation Chicken (who knew there was such a thing) and it called for one teacup of something. A teacup? Do teacups come in a specific size?
While ounces and cups are not good measurements for weight, they're just fine for liquid measures. And Fahrenheit is more accurate than Celsius, not that it matters. Just sayin'.

I read several articles that tell you how to measure food when you're out. You know this stuff:

A slice of bread should be the size of an index card -- a 3x5 index card and a serving of meat (3 ounces of chicken) is a deck of cards. Okay, I think I can do these two. Unless, of course, I try to measure the serving of chicken as the size of my palm (see below).

An ounce of nuts is the size of a golf ball -- how big is a golf ball, anyway? I can hold an ounce of almonds in my hand, almost.

An ounce of cheese is the size of two dice. I have dice in three different sizes, which one should I choose?
A half of a cup is the size of your hand cupped. I have small hands, can I use my husband's hand? His is a lot bigger than mine.
I do hope that none of you take my rant seriously.
Well, that is, other than the fact that I really am going to start weighing my food in grams!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EABL81 11/5/2012 9:30PM

    Too right! LOL

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/15/2012 8:40PM

    Those are excellent points you have brought up and one that I have queried myself with a bland response from one of the SparkCoaches. I would like to see "mls" added as well instead of oz, for fluid.

I also brought up the one of being able to select the veges with 'skin on' as in carrots, potatoes, pumpkin (yes I eat pumpkin skin when it is roasted) because they all have more fibre than peeled.


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MILLIE5522 9/27/2012 4:45PM

    Great blog! And so true! I try to weigh in grams whenever I can.

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MIDORI_SPARK 9/27/2012 1:08AM

    You are so right. I'm often confused by the ballpark serving sizes. A teacup?? That one is new to me. I'd be so confused by that measurement.

Good for you, starting to weigh in grams! More accuracy = more control. You're going to do great with this!

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DESERTJULZ 9/26/2012 10:33AM

    Your rant may be serious, yet it is also quite funny! Sometimes the truth is quite funny, though!

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/25/2012 9:31PM

    I try to weigh a lot of foods. Some are hard to accurately measure, like you stated i guesstimate on some. The serving of the diced sized cheese cracks me up every time. emoticon

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SENATOR9 9/25/2012 7:55PM

    All good points

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ALANAMEADE 9/25/2012 4:59PM

    All very good points..And you made me smile after a very rough workday in which I used up more calories then intended with a "working" lunch.

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