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October 8, 2013 10:53 AM
Hi! Ive been searching online and on the boards here but most answers are inconclusive thus far.

My problem: I want a whole ox of Kraft Cheesy Pasta. In MFP a whole box: Kraft - Cheesy Pasta, 1 container (190 g as prepared ea.) 429 calories.

Seems small for a large plate of cheesy pasta! Now that 190g is the dry pasta. When I cook it I assume it will double and more to weighing around 450g, Does this mean I have to re-adjust the calories from 428 to 800-ish? Or are the calories in dry pasta the same once cooked as we are only adding water? Then again, as the weight is doubling from 190g to 450g I'd assume it IS going to be more calories?

PS: I looked it up online. One website says there are over 1000 calories in one whole box of Kraft Cheesy Pasta. That sounds a little more accurate to me. If thats the case, I'm not touching the stuff!

Please help, my head hurts.
Edited by Gee_24 On October 8, 2013 10:54 AM
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October 8, 2013 10:55 AM
It should be between 1000-1300 calories for a normal size package of mac & cheese.
October 8, 2013 10:57 AM
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It should be between 1000-1300 calories for a normal size package of mac & cheese.


Wow. And I've had one whole box at least twice in the last 3 months logging it as 428. I suppose it hasnt done me any harm so far but I will decide against it tonight I think.
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October 8, 2013 11:03 AM
Yep, that entry does sound off. 429, maybe for a tiny box, LOL.

Cooking pasta only add water to the weight, the calorie count stays the same. How much water is absorbed depends on how much it is cooked, so it varies. It is more accurate to go by dry weight, and all packages of pasta I have seen give dry weight in the serving size.
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October 8, 2013 11:04 AM
Pasta is pretty much pasta. 200g of (dry) pasta from pretty much anyone is going to be about 700 calories on its own, without anything on it or with it. And that "cheesy" sauce is just loaded with cals...
Edited by Mr_Knight On October 8, 2013 11:04 AM
October 8, 2013 11:06 AM
Damn. Why are the nutrition logs so wrong?

The back of the pack, the website, and MFP are giving the wrong information. Saying that after butter and milk we're only having 428 calories per BOX. Whereas per serving, about 162g ( dry ) they claim its around 300-ish.

Very annoyed as like I said I have had this a few times recently.
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October 8, 2013 11:08 AM
If you have an image or photo of the nutritional info on the package, we might be able to decipher it. I couldn't find it on the Kraft website.

I do share your frustration, though. Not long ago I came across a package of hot dogs that gave nutritional information based on a serving size of 1/3 of a hot dog. I mean, come on, who serves up a hot dog in thirds?

Gah.
Edited by Mr_Knight On October 8, 2013 11:09 AM
October 8, 2013 11:09 AM
I find the same thing with Popcorn...I have found people enter the Unpopped total which is skewed.
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October 8, 2013 11:13 AM
Here we go:

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Edited by Gee_24 On October 8, 2013 11:17 AM
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October 8, 2013 11:20 AM
QUOTE:

Damn. Why are the nutrition logs so wrong?

The back of the pack, the website, and MFP are giving the wrong information. Saying that after butter and milk we're only having 428 calories per BOX. Whereas per serving, about 162g ( dry ) they claim its around 300-ish.

Very annoyed as like I said I have had this a few times recently.


User error ....... sometimes people enter bad information. I pulled in an entry for peanuts that were low fat / high carb ......um NO!
October 8, 2013 11:30 AM
The nutrition facts are per 100g prepared....were you multiplying the facts for the whole box? There could be the error
Edited by hardenedheartx On October 8, 2013 11:30 AM
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October 8, 2013 11:36 AM
That label is confusing, I agree. Nowhere does it say how many grams "as prepared" in a box or how many servings in the container. Nor does it appear to give information for dry weight.
October 8, 2013 1:11 PM
Thanks everyone. Im having something different until I can afford the calories.
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October 8, 2013 2:30 PM
When the box says "as prepared" I assume that means ready to eat. I use a scale to weigh one servings worth, and use the calories on the box for one serving as prepared. If one serving doesn't look like enough (even though it should be) I weigh out more, do the math and add the additional calories. I'm learning that a digital scale is a good friend indeed.
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October 8, 2013 2:33 PM
Why are you eating the entire box?
October 8, 2013 2:37 PM
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Why are you eating the entire box?


Because I want to? lol

Seriously though, I won't make it and then chuck the rest in the bin. Theres no way cheesy pasta will keep even if I wrap it up and put it in the fridge.

I don't want to use half the pasta or half the sauce mix as I might use too much / too little of the powder and have it go wrong then I'm screwed for dinner.

I find the portion perfect. Most people say its too big, I can handle it just fine. When I have a big plate of something I skip breakfast or lunch.
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October 8, 2013 2:41 PM
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Why are you eating the entire box?


This! Seems rather nutritionally imbalanced for a meal...
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October 10, 2013 9:34 AM
Cracked it. Roughly 1050.

I shall be leaving it for a while. haha!
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