Originally Posted by kaneohegirlinaz
How do you mean FF? In the process of baking the dough, does this add to the calorie count?
I don't have a problem breaking down each ingredient to a recipe and figuring the calories that way, but this adds a new twist!
Starch transforms into sugar upon cooking. Depending on how you cook the starches, how long, how hot, etc... they will give you more calories vs raw. For example Al Dente pasta has less calories (and is more digest) than overcooked pasta. Same with potatoes (except you don't want those al dente, you just want them ... cooked. But not overcooked).
Right now your calculations count the raw calories... but then you cook them, which makes the calorie count increase (sorry!!).
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2011/12/08/why-calorie-counts-are-wrong-cooked-food-provides-a-lot-more-energy/#.UgsAOGReuGo (Hey, in the process you'll learn how chimpanzees, like us humans, enjoy recreational sex!)
Having said that, and I don't mean to completely kill your buzz, but personally I don't believe in calorie counting or in most modern western diets. I think they make you frustrated, and only lead you to catch up on what you've been missing the instant you declare yourself done with your diet. I don't even believe that consuming less calories makes you slimmer. I am French, I go to France once or twice a year, and every single time I spend 3 weeks in France eating as much cheese, meat with fat, pates, terrines, saucissons, charcuteries, duck confit, cassoulets, veggies drowned in olive oil etc... as I want, I lose about 10 lbs. The instant I come back to the U.S. and pay a bit more attention to what I'm eating, I gain the 10 lbs back within a mere few weeks.
I haven't figure it out yet, but I think there's more to being slim or being fat than calorie counting.
I don't mean to be negative so I'll share a bit of my own philosophy, maybe it can help you (maybe not?) - but personally I believe in eating good things. What I mean by that is not pay attention to calories, fat, sugar etc... but more on the quality of the products you're eating. For example, I'm utterly convinced that you'll gain less weight eating some raw natural honey every day than the same calorie-count amount of white bleached processed sugar - or worse: the same calorie-count of high-fructose-corn-syrup in industrial processed foods.
Keep in mind, I have zero scientific evidence for this belief. I'm just basing it on my own personal experience. It may or may not work for you, we're all different.
I wish you the best K-girl, I know how hard it can be to have to limit or control your food intake. I made the choice to control the quality, not the quantity. Seems to work okay for me (not saying it's perfect either).
Edited by French Fries - 8/14/13 at 12:12am