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Carb Content of Vegetables increases after cooking?

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Created January 18, 2011 at 9:52 PM

In entering diiferent types of veggies on fitday.com, I noticed that the carbohydrate content in each one increases substantially when choosing between "raw" or "cooked" with the higher number associated with the "cooked" version.

I tested this with Spinach, Kale, Chard, Onion. Just wondering if this is true, and if so, why does this happen?

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on December 09, 2011
at 05:26 AM

OMG. No. It's just that 1 cup of cooked kale is more kale than 1 cup of raw kale.

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on December 08, 2011
at 10:30 PM

A starch of 100 glucose molecules might break down to 100 glucose molecules. The mass remains the same (more or less). 1 gram of starch = 1 gram of glucose.

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on April 14, 2011
at 12:26 PM

Enzymatic breakdown, yes.

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I think mostly #1. A cup of cooked veggies is significantly more veggy than a cup of raw. You are looking at doubling, tripling and even quadrupling amounts.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 28, 2011
at 07:40 AM

By the way Travis how much is 2 cups of spinach ? 60 (2*30) grams ?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

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on March 27, 2011
at 06:57 PM

100g of spinach has 4g of carbs. Even if you eat a pound that's still under 20g.

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on January 19, 2011
at 12:30 AM

No one suggested eating potatoes instead. I know not everyone is a numbers counter, but you can't discount it completely just because it's not your thing.

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on January 19, 2011
at 12:23 AM

what she said, I play with carb numbers regularly. and yes travis, eating taters and dropping spinach would be backasswards.

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on January 19, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Well, it would be a mistake for sure to eat more potato or rice and less spinach because of carb content. I consider the 2 cups of steamed spinach per day that I eat to be a sacred cornerstone of my diet.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:53 PM

YES! Always. Weigh and measure your food after you cook it. If that's your thing.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:53 PM

But you can adjust the volume that you eat based on the amount of carbs you would like to consume in day.

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on January 18, 2011
at 10:08 PM

In the process of starches changing to sugars, does the number increase because the starches break apart into single molecules?

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on January 18, 2011
at 09:54 PM

Bioavailability of nutrient goes up too :)

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 18, 2011
at 09:58 PM

Its a misconception. Starches can change to sugars. But carbs don't appear. What happens is you cook water out so 100g is no longer 100g.

It's like saying 120g of raw = 100g cooked

They don't show the 20g lost in cooking so you're not comparing apples to apples.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 18, 2011
at 10:08 PM

In the process of starches changing to sugars, does the number increase because the starches break apart into single molecules?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on April 14, 2011
at 12:26 PM

Enzymatic breakdown, yes.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on December 08, 2011
at 10:30 PM

A starch of 100 glucose molecules might break down to 100 glucose molecules. The mass remains the same (more or less). 1 gram of starch = 1 gram of glucose.

828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

(608)

on December 09, 2011
at 05:26 AM

OMG. No. It's just that 1 cup of cooked kale is more kale than 1 cup of raw kale.

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:29 PM

I think it's misguided to choose whether or not to eat spinach based on carb content. We're missing the forest for the leafy green trees.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 19, 2011
at 12:18 AM

Well, it would be a mistake for sure to eat more potato or rice and less spinach because of carb content. I consider the 2 cups of steamed spinach per day that I eat to be a sacred cornerstone of my diet.

Af9537cfa50562b67979624e9007e12a

(1334)

on January 19, 2011
at 12:23 AM

what she said, I play with carb numbers regularly. and yes travis, eating taters and dropping spinach would be backasswards.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 19, 2011
at 12:30 AM

No one suggested eating potatoes instead. I know not everyone is a numbers counter, but you can't discount it completely just because it's not your thing.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 11:53 PM

But you can adjust the volume that you eat based on the amount of carbs you would like to consume in day.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 27, 2011
at 06:57 PM

100g of spinach has 4g of carbs. Even if you eat a pound that's still under 20g.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on March 28, 2011
at 07:40 AM

By the way Travis how much is 2 cups of spinach ? 60 (2*30) grams ?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 08, 2011
at 08:40 PM

I am afraid of sugar, please pass the healthy bacon

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on April 13, 2011
at 07:28 PM

It increases the bioavailability of digestible (or able to be metabolized) carbohydrates, not the absolute amount of carbohydrates in the food. Some previously indigestible carbohydrates may be converted in structure to digestible carbohydrates, too. No matter creation here.

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on April 13, 2011
at 06:28 PM

primarily for 2 reasons:

1) when cooked, vegetables decrease in size because they lose water content. one easy example would be how 6 cups of raw spinach can easily cook down to 1 cup cooked spinach. so you have 6 cups worth of veggie condensed into 1 cup= more carbs

2) cooking breaks down the cell wall of tough fibrous veggies. when food is more easily assimilated, sugar gets into the bloodstream faster. this doesnt exactly mean the carb count went up, but it could easily mean that you absorb the sugars at a much faster rate than if your body had to break down the cell wall of a fibrous veggie itself.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on April 13, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I think mostly #1. A cup of cooked veggies is significantly more veggy than a cup of raw. You are looking at doubling, tripling and even quadrupling amounts.

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:18 PM

So when measuring food to input into fitday, we should measure it after it has been cooked?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on January 18, 2011
at 11:53 PM

YES! Always. Weigh and measure your food after you cook it. If that's your thing.

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