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another calorie question... ingredients

When figuring out the calries of something homemade, can you just figure out the calories of each individual ingredient and add them together?

Of course, I'll be sure to account for the different serving sizes, etc.

This is what I've been doing... counting the calories for the entire amount of each ingredient, then adding them together so I have the total calories for the whole thing. Then I just figure out what fraction of the whole I'm eating (1/4 of it, for example) and assume that I've consumed 1/4 of the calories.

Am I right, or am I missing something?

Mon. Sep 11, 9:36am

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Sounds right to me.

Monday, September 11, 2006, 9:50 AM

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Same here - I figure if it's not strictly accurate it's pretty close (enough for me).

Monday, September 11, 2006, 12:14 PM

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i do the same thing. just don't lie to yourself and say you are having a 1/4th or 1/5 th of someting when you are really having a 1/3. calories add up fast that way!!

Monday, September 11, 2006, 1:45 PM

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Maybe this handy recipe analyzer can help. (Danger, pop-up ads)


Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 10:00 AM

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it's my understanding that if you're doing much cooking/baking to the dish, the count changes because of heat-triggered chemical reactions. But if it's something like pasta, sauce, ground beef, and a salad... then yeah that's just all found on the containers and nothing changes... try google-ing calorie counters... I found a good one on there and will post the link if i can find it again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006, 4:50 PM

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