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RCKYMTNWMN SparkPoints: (3,427)
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6/7/12 2:04 P

so confusing.. because if it's cooked on meat, why is it uncooked on pasta servings?

2oz meat - cooked
2oz pasta - uncooked

confusing as all get out...

CHOCOLATIER_T Posts: 168
6/7/12 12:52 A

If you are getting your nutritional information from teh packaging on the meat, it is RAW, uncooked weight. Beyond that, hope there is a consensus, cause i never know, either.



READY_STEADY_GO Posts: 11
6/6/12 11:40 P

Thank you, guys! This has been incredibly helpful. I really appreciate your input.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,028
6/5/12 7:30 A

i agree with deb.
if you're using raw info, then you need to weigh raw.
if you're using info from the tracker, you need to weigh cooked.

in the us, packages are required to have the nutrition info for the item as is in the package. so if your shrimp had info on the package, that was for raw.
nutritiondata.com is also a great source that uses usda info, but specifies if it was raw, cooked etc.

one other thing to remember is the 3-4oz portion of protein is for cooked meat. since cooking basically means getting rid of water in the item, and that means getting rid of weight, you're going to need to measure out larger portions raw if you choose to measure raw. in other words, you should have started with 5 or 6oz raw to get a portion cooked.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/5/12 2:02 A

Spark's database is sourced from the USDA and entries are for food "ready to eat" unless otherwise stated. So that means cooked, for meats.

Some databases include entries for raw meats. In that case you would enter it as the raw weight.

It is fine to enter it either way - provided the entry in the database you're using is for raw (or cooked) as you're entering it.

It's easier to weigh stew and casserole type meat before cooking and pretty simple to weigh steaks after cooking. So maybe choose based on your cooking type and what data is available (eg Spark's is cooked unless stated otherwise and I don't think there's very many raw entries in there).

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (54,688)
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6/5/12 12:27 A

I have always been told to weigh it cooked.

READY_STEADY_GO Posts: 11
6/4/12 11:55 P

Proving once again that the internet will tell you anything you want it to, I've had several different answers on this question, so I'm posing it to you, Spark Community.

I'm new here and I've never weighed my food in my entire life, but now, equipped with a food scale, I'm looking for a little guidance. Should meats be weighed cooked or uncooked?

For instance, my dinner tonight included shrimp that, raw and in the shell, weighed 3.55 ounces. Cooked and shelled, it weighed 2.15 ounces. I would think that since I am neither eating the shells, nor eating them raw, I should be putting in the cooked weight, but perhaps that intuitive bit of thinking is wrong.

What say you?

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