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Old 06-05-2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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Calories in meat question

Is there a "rule of thumb" you use for calculating calories in meat? For instance, 3 oz of meat = x amount of calories?

I know meat varies in fat content, etc., but I'm looking for a general idea for ballparking calories when I'm out and about without a handy way to look up calories.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:21 PM   #2
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that's depends on the meat type..not all meat are equal in calories..if you're talking about beef meat then look at this:
100 gram chuck =130 calories
100 gram brisket(fatty piece) =198 calories
100 gram steak(lean)=117 calories
100 gram tenderlion=247 calories
100 gram knuckle(lean)=133 calories
let's say that 100 gram of raw lean meat trimmed to zero fat contain about 120-135 calories..just stay away from fatty choices ..
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:49 PM   #3
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I know what you mean about needing to ballpark the protein. I figure about 40 calories per ounce. Chicken is a little less - a ribeye with its fat is a little more - but overall this works pretty well for me.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:43 PM   #4
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I kinda get a little lost with ground beef... yes, some has more fat than others, but what if you broil it and let some drip off? What if you dry of a burger with some paper towels? What if you dump a bunch of browned ground beef into a colander and rinse it in the sink? And I have such a hard time with figuring out whether to measure before or after cooking. I use MyFitnessPal, and I feel like I come up with a bunch of possibilities and some can sound so similar by description, but than the calories just don't match up!

Those are some nice ballparks, lylydvd... thanks!
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