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  • Fun fact

    Out of a 260 gram beef roast, 190 grams are water.

  • #2
    What's fun about that?! The beef part just looks even more high calorie, lol.

    Actually, as an obsessive calorie counter, I have noticed that most meats and veggies lose about 25% of their weight when cooked. For greens, it's even more. Maybe it's valuable information to know that so many real foods have such a high water content.
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    SW-195
    CW-125, part calorie counting, part transition to primal
    GW- Goals are no longer weight-related

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LauraSB View Post
      What's fun about that?! The beef part just looks even more high calorie, lol.

      Actually, as an obsessive calorie counter, I have noticed that most meats and veggies lose about 25% of their weight when cooked. For greens, it's even more. Maybe it's valuable information to know that so many real foods have such a high water content.
      For one, it explains why beef jerky is so damn expensive.

      For two, if I'm thirsty next time, maybe I'll just suck down a steak.

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      • #4
        I appreciate both of your conclusions. lol
        "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

        Jack london, "Before Adam"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wiltondeportes View Post
          Out of a 260 gram beef roast, 190 grams are water.
          yeah,but its tasty water
          When I'd had enough of the grain and starched based 'diabetic eating for health' diet (eating for health, my ass!) my weight was 242.5 lbs. On starting primal- 18th April 2013 weight : 238.1.
          27th July 2013. weight after 100 days 136.9 weight lost 101.2lb ; that's 105.6lbs since I stopped the 'diabetic eating for health'
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          • #6
            I feel cheated

            Yogurt also appears to be about 50% whey.

            M.

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            • #7
              just bear in mind we get a lot of our water from our food, so you'd only need to start drinking more if it there were lower quantities in the food

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wiltondeportes View Post
                Out of a 260 gram beef roast, 190 grams are water.
                This is why aged beef is sometimes an acquired taste - with some of the water evaporated out, some folks find it a bit gamey.

                It's also why (I'm guessing) that once we discovered cooking, we thought it was a hell of a good idea. Cooking dehydrates/removes water from the food, which makes the taste more concentrated. Grok weren't no fool.
                "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LauraSB View Post
                  Maybe it's valuable information to know that so many real foods have such a high water content.
                  Definitely. Meal termination seems to be based on gut mass in animals and likely humans too which is one reason grain snacks, sugars/syrups, frying oils, and nuts/seeds can be hazardous--they're too light.

                  IMO it's worth noting that the water fraction increases shipping cost and decreases shelf life which is why retailers frown upon fresh food.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                    It's also why (I'm guessing) that once we discovered cooking, we thought it was a hell of a good idea. Cooking dehydrates/removes water from the food, which makes the taste more concentrated. Grok weren't no fool.
                    Well, there's always the Maillard reaction too. The brilliant, delicious Maillard reaction.
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                    • #11
                      I forget where this was compiled but a handy reminder of which foods deserve a little more precise measuring:

                      Yogurt, cottage cheese 80~85%
                      Fish, shellfish 70~85%
                      Eggs (boiled or fried) 75%
                      Beef, mutton, pork, poultry (roasted or grilled) 60~70%
                      Tofu, tempeh 60~65%
                      Pepperoni, bacon, jerky 25~35%
                      Soy isolate, whey powder 5~15%


                      Mushrooms 95%
                      Low-energy fruits -- tomato, cucumber, zucchini, bell pepper, eggplant, chayote 95%
                      Low-energy roots -- radish, turnip, jicama, konjac 90~95%
                      Low-energy legumes -- snap peas, green beans, mung sprouts 90%
                      Stalks -- broccoli, celery, asparagus, rhubarb, bamboo shoots 90~95%
                      Leaves -- lettuce, cabbage, spinach, collards, kale, root greens 85~90%
                      Bulbs -- onion, artichoke, fennel, kohlrabi 85~90%
                      Berries, citrus, melons 85~90%
                      Carrot, beetroot, rutabaga 85%
                      Apples, pears, cherries, plums, nectarines, pineapple, mango, kiwi 85%
                      Kelp, wakame, kombu 80%
                      Kabocha, butternut, acorn squash (baked or boiled) 80~90%
                      Grapes 80%
                      Bananas 75%
                      Peas (raw or boiled) 75%
                      Potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, parsnips, taro, lotus root (baked or boiled) 70~80%
                      Plantains, breadfruit 65~70%
                      Chestnuts (baked or boiled) 40~50%
                      Oats (raw / cooked) 10% / 80%
                      Rice (raw / cooked) 10% / 70%
                      Beans (raw / cooked) 10% / 65%
                      Corn (popcorn or chips / tortilla / boiled) 5% / 40% / 70%
                      Wheat (crackers or cereal / flour / bread) 5% / 10% / 30~35%
                      Jam, jelly 30%
                      Corn syrup, maple syrup 25~30%
                      Dates, dried figs 20~30%
                      Molasses 20%
                      Honey 15%
                      Raisins, prunes 5~15%
                      Sugar (granulated) 0%


                      Olives 80%
                      Avocados 75%
                      Coconut (milk / cream / raw flesh) 65% / 55% / 50%
                      Heavy cream 55%
                      Cheese 30~40%
                      Butter 15%
                      Cocoa, chocolate 5%
                      Tree nuts, flower seeds, peanuts 5%
                      Oils, tallow, lard, ghee 0%
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                        Well, there's always the Maillard reaction too. The brilliant, delicious Maillard reaction.
                        Is that like when I walk out to my pond for dinner, and they wonder where their brother went yesterday?

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