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Old 07-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi candace,
Yeah the cooked vs uncooked can be confusing. What you see on the bag of rice is correct for uncooked. But as you know once you cook rice, it expands, so 1/4 cup uncooked becomes roughly 1/2 cup cooked, but the same amount of calories.

If you look in the FitDay library you will often see big differences in cooked vs. uncooked even when the items doesn't change size as much as rice does, like greenbeans or some meats. The reason for that is FitDay (actually the USDA database which is where FitDay gets its numbers) often assumes that one adds salt and frequently butter or other fats during cooking.

My advice is to use the "uncooked" version and then add to your log anything else you add to the food. So if you are cooking rice, then adding butter and salt, log the amount of uncooked rice (if you cook 1/2 cup of raw rice and then eat 1/2 of the amount you cooked, that will be 1/4c uncooked), then add the amount of butter and the amount of salt you used to your food log.

As and aside: Truthfully I almost never log salt added as I add so little, but if hypertension is a problem, you might want to be more faithful with it than I am.

Does that help a little?
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