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    Old 01-17-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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    Uncooked vs. Cooked Rice Nutrition Question

    When you read the nutrition label on rice, it gives you the values of uncooked rice.

    Does anyone know if you cook that serving, is that the actual nutritional value you are getting? Meaning, that if you cook a serving size of 1/4 cups, it makes much more than that cooked. Is the nutritional value the same?


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    Old 01-17-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
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    Re: Uncooked vs. Cooked Rice Nutrition Question

    good question,
    based on a daily calorie count of 2000 says the same thing with old fashioned oats.
    only this container says 150 calories 1/2 cup dry.
    I'm thinking they mean for it to be the same cook... like the oatmeal says, 150 calories serving size per 1/2 cup dry. I take that to mean the same cooked also as long as its 1/2 cup.
    in your case the rice would mean 1/4 cup cooked also.
    anyway thats the way I been taking it and doing it and I've lost .

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    Re: Uncooked vs. Cooked Rice Nutrition Question

    Hi S,

    The nutritional value would be the same. Generally they are giving you the info uncooked and once cooked rice basically doubles in size so a typical 1/2 c serving of uncooked rice becomes 1 cup cooked.

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    Re: Uncooked vs. Cooked Rice Nutrition Question

    There are two ways of cooking rice (at least.)
    The common method is to add JUST enough water to bve absorbed in cooking. In that case, no matter HOW much volume you wind up with the nutritional content is exactly as recorded on the label...adding water doesn;t change it.

    I use a different way and boil the rice in much excess water and then drain it 3 minutes before it's done...and then let it SIT covered to absorb the last of the water. Thus I LOSE a lot of the added enrichment of vitamins and minerals...including much of the added iron that I don't WANT. Probably my calorie count is a little lower becasue some of the starch is dumped with the excess water.

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    Re: Uncooked vs. Cooked Rice Nutrition Question

    I'm pretty sure they label things like rice and oats with an uncooked amount because it's when it's uncooked that people will most often be measuring it. If they gave you the nutritional information of cooked rice or oatmeal, it would be a lot harder to estimate how much you needed to cook to get that amount.

    Anyway, whatever the reason, cooking it won't change the nutritional value provided you're cooking them with just water.

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