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1THIRTY3 Posts: 308
3/9/10 12:31 P

don't go by cups, go by weights. its way more accurate, and can be a part of accounting for the difference here. Dry weights, whenever possible.

ANJI_RAE Posts: 992
3/6/10 5:10 P

technically a serving of grain = 80Kcal and that actually would be 1/3 cup (for diabetics) but for the regular population it's 1/2 cup ~100Kcal. When you eat a full cup it's 2 servings, just over 200Kcal.

SOQUIET Posts: 369
3/6/10 4:48 P

Just echoing the dry to cooked theory (1/4 cup dry yields about 3/4 cups cooked) and adding the trivia that wild rice isn't actually a grain; it's a grass that grows in water (so...fewer calories than the grain rice).

Be well!

Edited by: SOQUIET at: 3/6/2010 (16:49)
KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/6/10 1:29 P


3/6/10 12:29 P

hmm i'm not quite positive because I hardly have a cup of rice but that sounds like it could be possible :) If you aren't sure then look up the calories on other websites and see what they have :)

MYCUTEGIZMO Posts: 3,845
3/6/10 12:28 P

215kcal is considered little..I was thinking about almost 300kcal..

SONICB Posts: 4,381
3/6/10 12:14 P

As a general rule of thumb, rice triples in size when it cooks. So 1/4 c dry rice is about 3/4 c cooked, which would be consistent with what's in the trackers! So 215 calories is reasonable for 1 c of cooked rice. Don't feel bad!

Edited by: SONICB at: 3/6/2010 (12:15)
RONIE11 Posts: 2,740
3/5/10 7:42 P

thats great to know rena I have the mind set of NO carbs and I know I'm not doing that any more so wrapping my brain around carbs has been tough.. I personally am going by calories and I understand the need to be acurate with the nutrition tracker.. I was told to scan whats in the tracker and put down whats close to our package directions.

RENA1965 Posts: 17,878
3/4/10 11:02 P

75 grams is one legal portion on my concept for cooked rice.. it is equal to 1 30 gram slice of bread, 100 grams potato and 75 grams cooked pasta..

Our body doesn't need to low carb diet, but what we do need to make normal portions is not as much as most people think.. Women need what equals to 3 slices of bread daily max to make a no low carb nutrition plan work for them- no more no less..
Our vegetable volume to lunch and dinner should be rough and in a volume it active prevents our stomach just grabing carbs and burning them off so we return to point blank hungry shortly efter a meal...

Edited by: RENA1965 at: 3/4/2010 (23:04)
KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 8:23 P

next time i cook that rice, i will do just that and cook 1/4 cup to see how much it yeilds, then i will safely know for sure:)

CHOOKI24 Posts: 155
3/4/10 5:55 P

1/4 cup of uncooked Mahatma Gold parboiled rice makes 1 cup of prepared rice.

1/2 cup of uncooked Uncle Bens instant rice makes 1 cup of prepared rice.

I just mentioned those two brands to point out that not all rice is the same so simply read the package before preparing the rice and you will be good.

Pretty much all rice packages have how much dry rice is a serving and how much prepared rice is a serving so that is pretty simple no matter when you measure your serving.

Meat however normally only lists the serving size when weighed raw so if you cook it before weighing it you just have to guesstimate from there.

Anyway I digress!

KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 5:43 P

it would make sense if the rice triples once cooked like a PP said, 1/4=3/4 cup cooked, then the 167 calories would make sense...

CHOOKI24 Posts: 155
3/4/10 12:53 P

Rice is a generic term much like the word bread so different kinds have all sorts of calories. I have found that whole grain rice generally has more calories than regular white rice however it is also a million times more healthy. Instant rice normally has less calories than dry rice and on that I can't tell you exactly why but it just does.

If you have a Winn Dixie near you they have just come out with a ready to serve microwaveable pouch whole grain brown rice and it is excellent! The taste aside the most amazing thing is that the rice is only 120 calories for one cup so you are getting whole grain and less calories which is a win/win situation.

2PERSEVERE Posts: 257
3/4/10 12:46 P

You need to follow what your bag says. Keeping in mind all rice is not equal in nutrition just like everything else.

I purchased whole grain brown rice recently - two bags. The success rice was lower in fiber than the other brand.

Consider the overall nutritional value and fiber content when you make your selection. The higher the fiber the better - and more filling, longer time taken to digest. So even "if" the caloric value seems a bit higher in the long run you're not hungry in an hour (like after eating Chinese with steamed rice). kwim?


MAJOOD85 Posts: 935
3/4/10 12:41 P

I found go with the info on the package... it would be most accurate.

LOVELYLANA9 Posts: 2,171
3/4/10 12:10 P

I think barley is high in calories, too. It's important to eat healthy grains so I just cut back on the serving size.

RONIE11 Posts: 2,740
3/4/10 11:45 A

WOW Thats amazing I'm going to look for that. I'm a big rice fan and I'm in the same situation as Kriss.. I was shocked about how many calories I was consuming. I just finished off the last of my rice and need to buy more.. I wrote your brand down and will look for it.
I'm referring too 'Success Boil-in-bag whole grain brown rice'

Edited by: RONIE11 at: 3/4/2010 (12:21)
SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
3/4/10 11:41 A

I've always heard that rice triples when cooked, so 1/4 dry = 3/4 cooked.

KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 11:10 A

ok...sounds good!! thanks everyone:)

SOPHIELB Posts: 13
3/4/10 10:54 A

I just made rice this morning and the nutrition label said 1 cup of cooked rice is 190 calories. Also, this was white rice.

SOPHIELB Posts: 13
3/4/10 10:52 A

I just made rice this morning and the nutrition label said 1 cup of cooked rice is 190 calories. Also, this was white rice.

MEMYSELF2011 Posts: 638
3/4/10 10:45 A

Yes 1 cup of cooked brown rice is about 218.

1/4 cup of dry rice makes *more* than 1/2 cup of cooked rice, by the way, which is where you are off on your calculation.

Dale Jr Fan - you might want to go back to the NI on your box. I think you may be miscalculating (or maybe the serving size is smaller than what you think it is).

Edited by: MEMYSELF2011 at: 3/4/2010 (10:46)
3/4/10 8:33 A

Er, all rices dry are going to be about that much. When I mentioned wild rice being less, it's like 140 per 1/4 cup dry. Rice is a grain and therefore is dense in carbohydrates. There is no such thing as diet rice. Every rice you find is going to be like that, unless you found one labeled wrong.

KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 8:21 A

no this is absolutly plain brown rice out of a bag. The nutrition stats on the back said 167 cals for 1/4 cup dry. I guess I'll be looking for a new rice:)

3/4/10 7:36 A

167 calories for a 1/2 cup cooked seems very high: what else is in your rice other than rice? Yes, 200 calories for a cup of cooked sounds about right, but only if it's plain rice.

3/4/10 7:11 A

Calories in the amount of cooked rice depends on how much water you used when you prepared it.

Instant rice requires very little water, usually a 1:1 water to rice. Bagged rice requires more, anywhere from 1:2 to 1:4 rice to water. Also, wild rice seems to have a little less calories than white or brown rice, though I don't know why.

The best way to know the calories of your rice is to use the calories for the dry weight, as the water absorption can vary a little. If you are at a restaurant, though, estimate with a 1:1 or a 1:2 rice to water ratio depending on how "mushy" the rice is. The more mushy, the more water in it.

KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 5:32 A

DALE_JR where do you buy this boil-in-a bag rice??

YIYEHTOV Posts: 794
3/4/10 4:08 A

Whenever I'm in doubt, I trust the nutrition info on the box I'm using-- I figure it's going to be the most accurate for what I'm actually eating. Are you sure your rice is really just PLAIN brown rice? Any additives (esp. fat or sugar) could increase the calories.

However, 215 calories IS about right for plan brown rice, cooked. I checked the into at, and it says that 1 cup brown rice (cooked) is 216 calories. So long as you didn't add oil or butter in the cooking process or use a mix that adds calories, you should be fine!

Edited by: YIYEHTOV at: 3/4/2010 (04:28)
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3/4/10 4:02 A

Have you looked at the Success Boil-in-Bag Whole Grain Brown rice? 1 Cup cooked = 150 calories. It's the only rice I eat. Hope this helps.

KRISS55 Posts: 400
3/4/10 3:01 A

Could this be right?? I searched through the brown rice, white rice, and they all seem to have that same count for 1 cup!! yet on the back of my rice it says 167 calories for 1/4 cup dry (1/2 cup cooked) and thats what i though the norm was for a half cup of brown rice?? Does anyone know cause i pigged out with a full cup and only added 215 calories!!

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