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11-04-2009, 08:48 PM
Hi all,

One of my favourite snacks is tomatoes that have been sliced, spiced and dryed in my dehydrator. I'm just wondering about calorie content.

So far, I've just been counting the calories as if the tomatoes are fresh. I just wonder if the calorie content changes in any way if I dry the tomatoes.

I've looked but can't seem to find anything on the internet.

Anyone have any clue as to how calorie content might or might not change for dehydrated foods?

Thanks very much.

11-04-2009, 08:53 PM
I would imagine that it has the same calories as if it wasn't dehydrated. So, if the size of the tomato is 1/2 a cup and you dehydrate it and it's a lot smaller (of course), then the calories would still be the same as if it was not dehydrated, since all you take out is the water and that part has no calories. HTH. :)

11-04-2009, 09:41 PM
I use this site for home-dried stuff, although it's just a rough estimate:
Click on the section labeled nutrition for it to expand.

I used to just count the 1/2 plum tomato (since that's what I dry), but now when I'm using them in recipes I used the weighed amount. The veggies aren't going to make a big difference. It's the dried fruit you have to watch out for. :)

11-05-2009, 01:08 AM
Drying doesn't affect the calories, but it does affect the volume and weight - so you just need to remember a dried tomato has the same calories as a fresh tomato - but a cup of dried tomatoes or a lb of dried tomatoes has more calories than a cup of fresh tomatoes or a lb of fresh tomatoes.

11-05-2009, 07:44 PM
Thanks all!

I appreciate your answers!

RN BSN 2009
11-05-2009, 07:56 PM
I find the hydrated varieties to be more filling :)

11-06-2009, 10:20 PM
I think, in some cases, drying foods can remove some of the fat from them, making them a little lower in calories. But for fruits and veggies, which have very little fat to begin with, it probably doesn't make much of a difference.

Just Tomatoes ( sells a variety of dehydrated fruits and veggies and has nutritional info for them on their website. I would imagine your dehydrated veggies would be comparable in nutritional content.

11-20-2009, 09:52 PM
*checking back here...

Thanks BlueToBlue.... that site is really cool... I'm thinking about trying some of their products. Have you ever tried anything from there?