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# Probably a silly question...

On food lable it says a serving is so many cups and then it has the oz/gm - my question is what are the oz/gms there for? is it the weight of the food that is a saving? is that why people weigh their portions? or is it the cups converted into oz/gm? Also, is it the amount of cooked or noncooked food? so if a servine of rice is half a cup, is that cooked ricke or uncooked rice?

Thanks! It would be a big help!
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It's helpful to know how much food weighs (in grams or ounces), because that way, Calorie Count can tell you the *volume* of food that you're eating as compared to the calorie content.

This can be really helpful--for instance, if you're eating a high amount of calories/day but not very much food (you can find this out by looking at your Analysis), it indicates that the food you're eating is too energy-dense (i.e., high in fat). That's why you're supposed to eat foods that are less energy-dense (but still nutritious) like whole grains, fruits, and veggies--because they weigh more for the amount of calories you're getting and thus fill you up.

The best weigh to figure out how many ounces/grams are in a cup is to weigh the food on a food scale. Usually the label on a package is for the uncooked food (unless it says otherwise).

Wow, this turned into a lecture. Hope it helps, though!

When you're cooking, a cup is a volume measure and a oz or gram is a weight measure.  so, you can have 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sour cream, but they would both have a different number of oz/grams for that 1 cup portion.   Also, 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of sifted flour are not the same amount of flour because the sifted flour is less dense and takes up more room (but 100g of flour, sifted and unsifted is the same amount).

They're required to print the weight on products so you know you're getting the right amount.

If you buy a packet of uncooked rice the cup weight of it is different to a cup weight of cooked rice (cooked rice has soaked up water) so the oz/gram weight on the packet is the weight uncooked. When you are logging it on here it does give you the cooked/uncooked differences. Hope this helps a little.

So if I start weighing my food, I can weigh up to the amount of oz per serving and get the serving calories? Would you recommend weighing food? especially if you want to go a little beyond the serving?

Hi if you are going to go over the serving a bit then you need to log it as uncooked/cooked per 100gram values because if you still log it as per serving but eat more than the serving then that won't be accurate. I weighted everything to start with until I got used to what 50,100 grams looked like.

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