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Old 05-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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This is something that has always confused me. Tonight I plan on making ground turkey with sauce for dinner (over pasta for kids/husband and spaghetti squash for me). The package says a 4 oz portion is 170 cals and 8 grams of fat. Is that for the raw meat or once it's cooked? Or is it the same for both?? Can someone please clear this up for me? Thanks!!

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I weigh the meat I eat after it is cooked, especially anything ground because I drain the fat. To tell you the truth I'm not really sure what the intention of the label is though, cooked vs raw I mean. I would think if you drained the fat that would mean there would be less fat per serving but I would think there'd be no way of knowing for sure then what the calorie content would be.

Anywho, I always measure after cooked and have lost weight all this time doing so, so I'm going to stick to that I think.
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I compared calorie counts for raw and cooked lean ground beef. One cup (I'm guessing this is about 1/2 pound) has 625 raw - with 455 from fat - and 305 cooked. It looks like cooking took away about half the calories. This fits with your 170 calories for 1/4 pound.

My guess that a cup is about 1/2 pound is based on the fact that I freeze 2 pounds of raw beef in 4 cup containers and not on actually weighing.

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Thanks! Guess I'll go with the 4oz. cooked. Much easier than separating out a pre-cooked portion and having to cook twice!

Btw...congrats to both of you on your amazing weight loss Very inspiring!


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Thanks! Lots of inspiration was taken from all the 3fc members. I'm not sure how one does this alone!

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