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Calories in a Baguette!

Hey all,
google isn't helping me with this one so maybe you guys can... I'm trying to figure out how many calories (approximately!) would be in a 5 inch piece of baguette/french bread. It's fresh "good" bread, very airy/crusty, not shitty processed supermarket baguette if that makes a difference... Eveything that comes up is in ounces and i have no idea how many ounces that might be.... help! please?


Wed. May 31, 4:51pm

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The whole wheat baguette from Panera is around 150 calories...does that help?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 5:09 PM

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you mean for inches? cause i found all the calorie smounts for every bread ever created by ounce, I NEED by inches!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 5:12 PM

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You probably can't find nutritional information for portion sizes in "inches" because that's a very innacurate means of measurement. One 5" baguette could have a 5" girth, another could be 8" round. That's why ounces are used. I've read in several places that 1 oz. of bread is about the size of 1 slice of bread. So you'll probably have to estimate (if it's already been eaten and can't be weighed on a food scale) the size of your baguette relative to a slice of bread. I'd recommend measuring everything on your scale before eating it (when practical- I'm not saying take the scale to a restaraunt). You'll gradually become more comfortable, and accurate, eyeballing portion sizes.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 5:39 PM

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No one remotely interested in accuracy is going to give you the caloric info by the inch unless you can guarantee the density. And you can't. There is no way to know or accurately estimate, by the inch, the amount of ingredients that are in there.

Your best solution is try to estimate the weight of the bread. for example one stick of butter is 4 oz (~100g) - is that close? This is why I weigh and measure everything - I can estimate fairly accurately how much something weighs now.

Vie De France bakery puts a mini-baguette (91g or 3.2 oz) at 240 calories and I would bet that is appx similar to what you are talking about. Bread is really high in calories for a relatively small amount of food. A single slice of feather-light bread from a package is right around 100 calories (depending on who makes it and how big it is).

PS - beaten to it by the poster above :-) but still posting for emphasis

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 5:51 PM

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"One 5" baguette could have a 5" girth, another could be 8" round. "

If it's 8" around I think it might be a batard, not a baguette. :-) Not that I think many US bakeries are aware of that! The point about variation in size and density is a very good one, though.

OP, sometimes ya just gotta relax and estimate on those calorie counts!

Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 6:32 PM

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