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Thread: Carb amounts change after cooking/freezing?

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    Question Carb amounts change after cooking/freezing?

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    I'm using fitday.com to track my food. I've added a few of my own foods based on the Nutrition Facts on the packages I buy (coconut milk, and it varies by brand?!). Here's the thing that's quite confusing to me: apparently cooked veggies gain a lot of carbs from their previous raw state!

    1 cup of raw cauliflower has 5.7 grams of carbs
    BUT...
    1 cup of COOKED cauliflower has 7.2 grams of carbs?!

    And then there was the berries I use in my coconut milk shake:
    1 cup of raw raspberries has 14.7 grams of carbs
    BUT...
    1 cup of FROZEN raspberries has 65.4 grams of carbs?!

    Is this really true/happening, that how the produce is handled can alter the nutrition value of it that much?

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    I don't think the frozen raspberries are correct. Check sugar hasn't been added.
    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/car...aspberries.htm

    The cauliflower is not much difference so I wouldn't worry about it.
    Last edited by Sue; 10-15-2011 at 05:36 PM.

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    Realize that cooked cauliflower has reduced somewhat in size... you can fit more 'florets' into a measuring cup!

    Check the ingredients on that bag of frozen raspberries -- it probably has sugar of some kind added.

    (Sue---you musta been posting while I was typing!)
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    I think so! I didn't think about fitting more cooked cauliflower in the measuring cup I was thinking more about absorbing more carbs when cooked. Your reason makes sense.

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    Maybe the frozen raspberries listed on fitday.com has sugar added to them. Didn't think about that.
    I really must learn not to trust everything I read. I mean, I don't, usually, but I just assumed fitday would have correct nutrition facts. It just occurred to me that perhaps those choices were added by others like myself.

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    Oh yea, and the idea that cooked cauliflower takes up less room than raw. DUH! Makes perfect NOW.

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    Cooked fruits and veggies also lose fiber. Fiber works with sugars/carbs so that you don't absorb as much. Raw plant foods will raise your sugars less than cooked ones.

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