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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I Decided To Look It Up.

Here is how to calculate the calories in food that you prepare yourself. Courtesy of Hungry-Girl.com.

"Calculating nutritional information for recipes is actually a lot easier than you may think. It just requires a little math (hopefully you have a good calculator) and some patience. If you are any good at using Excel, that is a great way to organize your recipe calculations (especially since Excel has a built-in calculator). All you need to do is carefully record EXACTLY what you use to make your recipe (that means the specific amounts of each ingredient). Then figure out the nutritional info for each of the ingredients, either by using the info on the package or looking up the food's info online in a database (my favorite place to go is calorieking.com) -- this step requires your calculator, because you'll need to figure out the info for the EXACT amount of each ingredient in your recipe. Once you have all the nutritional info for EVERY ingredient, simply add them all together, and then divide the totals by the number of servings in your recipe, and VOILA -- you have your nutritional facts! It's not as complicated as it sounds -- trust me -- and it's so worth doing. The only thing that gets tricky about it is if you need to figure out how many calories are in a tablespoon of something with a serving size that's given in ounces or cups. So keep a handy conversion chart around to help make that part easier. Good luck -- and let me know how it goes!"

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