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Old 12-05-2008, 07:35 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any idea? I know they claim to reduce the calories, and a ton of grease came off my burger. (We're tight on money this payday and had to buy the cheaper less-healthy burgers).

It originally had 370 calories, now I'm writing that much in my log- but for future reference, I'd like to be able to have a really accurate calorie count.

Help, anyone! Thanks.
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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it would be hard to determine. But it really just helps remove some of the fat. I don't think there is a way to determine the actual amount unless you had a lab that could analyze how much fat was taken off the burger
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true, but I'm thinking that someone out there has done tests on the average amount of fat that comes off, and maybe someone on here had read the study or heard something. A lot of women's magazines do studies like that, but I'm still looking
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I guess, in theory you could measure how much fat is left over and figure out how many calories that is.....divided by however many servings...or you might look up how much calories is the meat if it's "broiled"....that would prolly be pretty close. When in doubt estimate high.
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But you'd have to let the fat cool and measure the solids, because a good bit of water comes out of the meat along with the fat. Also, you've got to read the calorie count on the beef very carefully, because sometimes the calorie count is for the raw meat, and other times it lists the cooked calories and already takes into account the "average amount" of fat that comes out of the meat.

Another option is to weigh the burger after it is cooked. In general, a burger would not have more than 100 calories per ounce (of course if you stir in onions and seasonings into the meat this would make a more difficult comparison).

I've not read or heard of any research (or done any myself) regarding the fat that the Foreman and similar grills can remove - but alot will depend on how well-done you like your burger. A well-done burger is going to be lower in fat and calories than a burger cooked rare.
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Hm. See I don't really buy the claims that it "removes" calories.

When you cook any food with any method, some of the fat comes out of the food. You cook a burger in pan, there's fat left in the pan. You grill a burger in the grill, there's fat that drips into the grill. You bake a burger in the oven, there's fat left in the bottom of the pan.

But also ... that really only works with fatty foods. I grill chicken breasts in the George Foreman grill all the time. What comes out of the bird is NOT mostly fat. Chicken breasts are already lean meat ... so some liquid comes out and if I have marinaded them, some of the fat from the marinade comes out ... but there's not a hugely measurable amount of fat that comes out.

So no matter how you cook something, you're going to lose fat/liquid and therefore lose calories, but you're not going to lose all that much, even with a well done burger.

So you might lose 10 or 20 calories worth of fat, maybe. Maybe even 50 calories worth of fat. I dunno. But for me it's not worth the counting and maybe being wrong. I'd rather just estimate it high and call it good.

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Thanks for your answers. Photochick, you're probably right- the amount the leaves the burger on the grill as compared to in the pan is probably not huge. I'm sure there's some, but I'll try to get the lighter meat when we have more money and hopefully it won't really matter.
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