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Old 06-03-2010, 05:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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FD doesn't have a listing for sugar because it assumes that "Total Carb" - "Fiber" = "Sugar," so it doesn't need to have a separate box for that.

Alcohol is what you think it is, like alcohol in margaritas and beer. Most foods won't have it, unless you make rumcake or vodka-based pasta sauce or something like that.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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First of all, thank you nik for posting on my other thread. I can already see you are an incredibly helpful presence on these forums. Secondly, can I piggyback on this question?

I'm confused by the calorie pie chart. Today I had about 1500 calories. In the evening I had 3 drinks with friends: 2 margaritas and a beer. The margaritas had a combined alcohol content of about 35g (determined by the listing of a margarita on this site) and I had to calculate the grams of alcohol in my guinness by taking the full amount of beer (14.9 ounces), converting it to grams, and then using the percentage of alcohol (4%) which gave me about 20g of alcohol (not sure if that's exact but roughly). Now the pie chart says that 25% of my caloric intake today was from alcohol??? Is this true?? Because alcohol definitely wasn't 25% of what I consumed today.. I ate several times and like I said, had about 1500 calories which was mostly not from the drinks. Just curious.
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Old 06-04-2010, 04:47 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Calories-wise, alcohol has about 7kcal/gram, whereas fat has 9, and carbs and protein each have about 4. So, (35 + 20)*7 = 385 calories from alcohol. If you're having about 1500 calories a day that translates to about 25% of total calories from alcohol. So yes! Those drinks can sneak up fast! Plus, beer contains a lot of starch and cocktails plenty of sugar, so they'll add carbs in addition to the alcohol!
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3) live - relax, de-stress, meditate.

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Old 06-04-2010, 01:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yikes!! It was hard to grasp, since it doesn't seem like alcohol GIVES you energy.. it very much does the opposite... at least to me! Well, thanks for the validation. That's a wake-up call. Beer is just one of the many starchy foods I adore and will have to cut down on. If I ate what I wanted all the time I'd probably be at 90% carbs if not 100%!!
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:13 PM   #15 (permalink)
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So, in light of these postings, do you add the alcohol % of calories to the carb % to get total % of calories from carbs? I think you do because alcohol is a type of sugar - right?
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Old 07-06-2010, 05:07 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Alcohol is not a type of sugar. You can have sugar alcohols that are a type of carb (technically, they are sugar molecules that are missing one carbon atom and one hydrogen atom), but the alcohol in beer, wine, and hard liquor is a completely different chemical. So that's why it becomes the fourth wedge in your fitday pie chart.

Hope this helps.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:25 PM   #17 (permalink)
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plain and simple if the only thing your worried about is losing weight it doesnt matter how much you drink as long as you burn more calories than you take in between the food and the alcohol.... being healthy is a different story..
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:44 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Does anyone know why they don't have a space to enter sugar when creating a custom food? Or is there a place that I am not seeing?

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Old 08-04-2010, 06:33 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I don't think there is but I'm relatively new to this website so I may be wrong.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Thx VSabino!

I will try and email the admin of the site or something.
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