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June 2, 2005 8:05 PM
I noticed that the portion size options for lentils are only in grams, which is difficult for me to estimate or know. It might be helpful to have other options (cups, tbsp, oz).
June 2, 2005 10:09 PM
Thanks for the feedback Alexandre! We were able to add oz. to the database as a portion size for lentils - hopefully that will help.

How do you like the site so far?
June 5, 2005 12:24 PM
The website is a brilliant idea, and is extremely useful to me, and no doubt to many, many others. I've often wished for EXACTLY this and - voila! - here it is! Well done!
March 29, 2008 2:59 PM
Can anyone suggest a website I can go to to see conversions for things like cheese? For example how big is 25 grams of cheddar?

I want to control my portions, and enter them correctly.
March 29, 2008 3:53 PM
From my experience I can tell you that 25 grams of cheese is one slice smile

I think it's always good to check how heavy are typical things you eat - one loaf of your favorite bread, slice of cheese (one of my favorites, that's why I know wink ) etc

Try these:
http://www.fareshare.net/conversions-volume-to-weight.html
http://stason.org/TULARC/food/cooking/2-7-5-Weight-Volume-Conversion-Chart.html

And while surfing the web I found this as well:
http://www.nutritiondata.com/tools/explorer
Interesting idea - finding foods from certain nutritional groups.
March 29, 2008 4:02 PM
Thank you...those are great...I will start making notes of my favorite foods.

Karen.
October 2, 2013 6:39 PM
Lentils. It's always lentils.
  46733587
October 2, 2013 6:45 PM
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From my experience I can tell you that 25 grams of cheese is one slice smile


Sometimes when I get a quarter pound of cheese there are 4 slices. Sometimes 6. Sometimes 8. It depends how thick they slice it, and the size/shape of the big block it's cut from.
  26181411
October 3, 2013 8:45 AM
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Lentils. It's always lentils.
Always weigh your lentils with a digital food scale.
  47819967
October 3, 2013 8:53 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Lentils. It's always lentils.
Always weigh your lentils with a digital food scale.


Being a bean counter I like to weigh one and then count the rest to multiply and get the total weight is this not acceptable!
  48508387
October 3, 2013 8:54 AM
Well I need to know how much 'a cup' of something weighs - how can you work out the calories measuring a cup of mashed potatoe for example??!! huh
  34689948
October 3, 2013 10:04 AM
Papa, can you hear me? Papa... can you see me? Papa can you weigh me?

Oh, we're talking about lentils.
October 3, 2013 10:08 AM
Double post...
Edited by lporter229 On October 3, 2013 10:09 AM
October 3, 2013 10:08 AM
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QUOTE:

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Lentils. It's always lentils.
Always weigh your lentils with a digital food scale.


Being a bean counter I like to weigh one and then count the rest to multiply and get the total weight is this not acceptable!


Ha! Made me laugh...I always appreciate a corny joke!
October 3, 2013 10:18 AM
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QUOTE:

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Lentils. It's always lentils.
Always weigh your lentils with a digital food scale.


Being a bean counter I like to weigh one and then count the rest to multiply and get the total weight is this not acceptable!


That's absurd, your estimate will be wildly off. First, weigh ALL the lentils. Then count the number of lentils. Then divide the weight by the quantity to receive an avereage weight per lentil. THEN multiply that by the number of lentils you counted. I guarantee precision.
  46733587
October 3, 2013 11:18 AM
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Well I need to know how much 'a cup' of something weighs - how can you work out the calories measuring a cup of mashed potatoe for example??!! huh


Sadly, I saw a youtube video yesterday (wish I had the link!) about how wildly different measurements are from the weight of the food (what the serving size is really measured by) and the size of the measuring cup. Just with oats and peanut butter, you can get an easy 200 extra calories just scooping it to the top and leveling it like everyone does. Apparently, they aren't really supposed to be full to the brim in most cases. The BEST thing to do would be to grab a food scale for difficult foods like that. However, they have really cheap ones nowadays (even pocket ones- but beware, you may look like a drug dealer if you get pulled over and have to explain laugh ) and if you get a coupon from somewhere like Bed Bath and Beyond and use that, it's even cheaper. Totally worth the investment!
  34226454
October 3, 2013 12:46 PM
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Well I need to know how much 'a cup' of something weighs - how can you work out the calories measuring a cup of mashed potatoe for example??!! huh


Weigh a cup of Mash work out the calories add a number between 99 and 101 subtract 100 and you have your answer for next time you want a cup of Mash. Strange though I like mine on the plate and the coffee in the cup!
  48508387
October 3, 2013 12:48 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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Lentils. It's always lentils.
Always weigh your lentils with a digital food scale.


Being a bean counter I like to weigh one and then count the rest to multiply and get the total weight is this not acceptable!


That's absurd, your estimate will be wildly off. First, weigh ALL the lentils. Then count the number of lentils. Then divide the weight by the quantity to receive an avereage weight per lentil. THEN multiply that by the number of lentils you counted. I guarantee precision.

Not if you eat Tesco's finest cloned lentils they are all identical, only problem is they wink at you when you weigh them!
  48508387
October 3, 2013 12:54 PM
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Not if you eat Tesco's finest cloned lentils they are all identical, only problem is they wink at you when you weigh them!


Oh my. Well now I'm somewhat embarassed. I usually buy the store-brand lentils -- you the ones, with the package that proudly declares "Guaranteed! Less than 5% insects! (by weight)".
  46733587
October 3, 2013 12:58 PM
How about 1/2 cups for soups and chili, fot us Bariatric folks.

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