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Cooking adds calories to your meals!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 08, 2011 at 6:25 PM

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2011/12/08/why-calorie-counts-are-wrong-cooked-food-provides-a-lot-more-energy/
So it seems like if you're trying to make your Paleo dollar stretch, it would be a good idea to cook your expensive grass fed steaks, etc a bit past raw/rare to get the most out of it. If you're trying to lose weight, eating raw foods would be a good idea. I prefer the taste of rare/ medium rare steak myself but now I won't be upset if it comes closer to the medium spectrum. Obviously, you don't want to overcook anything to avoid nutrient loss.
What are your thoughts?

354deb077c626b84c67c2dc1841c9b71

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:46 PM

While that may be true, I don't think it was the point of the article. I think their point was that cooking unlocks / pre digests food in such a way that when our system gets it, the calories are absorbed more readily.

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on December 08, 2011
at 07:41 PM

for example cooking tomatoes releases more lycopene than eating them raw.

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on December 08, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I think it depends on the food whether cooking adds or reduces nutrition. Humans aren't good at getting nutrition from some foods raw while cooking destroys nutrients in others.

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on December 08, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I think it's more that when you cook something it reduces in size, so if you're having more cook foods you'll consume more. For example, 100g uncooked spinach would make a nice big salad, but if you cook it down as a side you'd use double or triple as much because it shrinks down to nothing. Not that calories in spinach matter, just using it as an example.

354deb077c626b84c67c2dc1841c9b71

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on December 09, 2011
at 12:46 PM

While that may be true, I don't think it was the point of the article. I think their point was that cooking unlocks / pre digests food in such a way that when our system gets it, the calories are absorbed more readily.

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:46 PM

cooking meat adds accesible calories and ruduces nutrition, because everything other than meat that i consume is raw i say go for it and cook the meat.

828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

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on December 08, 2011
at 07:41 PM

for example cooking tomatoes releases more lycopene than eating them raw.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 08, 2011
at 07:03 PM

I think it depends on the food whether cooking adds or reduces nutrition. Humans aren't good at getting nutrition from some foods raw while cooking destroys nutrients in others.

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