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March 12, 2012 8:39 AM
I had two slices of bread, weighing 73g together. When I cut the crust off the crust weighed 36g. So that means the total bread weight leftover was 37g. Is that what I count for calories? Would it be accurate to say the crust has more calories in it since it weighs more?

in this bread 1g= 2.27 calories
March 12, 2012 8:42 AM
I would think so? It can't weigh more without being more...it shouldn't matter if the weight is "hard" or "soft", the weight is still the same, no?

But I love the crust... especially crunchy crust
  3026471
March 12, 2012 8:52 AM
I think you need a better bread. I eat Pumpernickel and one slice = 40 cal 1g fat 2g protein 1g fiber. The whole slice. Remove the crust and all you get are empty calories.

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/eating-bread-crust.htm
March 12, 2012 8:54 AM
For the few calories you're going to save, why bother cutting off the crusts? Seriously, why make the process more difficult than it already is? Just eat the bread intact and take the stairs in to the office to make up for it.
March 12, 2012 8:56 AM
I cut it off because my limit is 1200 calories a day, so those little bits add up
March 12, 2012 8:57 AM
QUOTE:

I cut it off because my limit is 1200 calories a day, so those little bits add up



Hence taking the stairs a couple of flights or walking a few extra steps... I ate at 1200 net calories for quite some time and never made eating this difficult.
March 12, 2012 8:58 AM
why not stick to one piece of bread, or slice it more thinly, rather than cutting off crust?
  9319887
March 12, 2012 8:59 AM
Try having an open sandwich. You get heaps more filling that way and save on a slice of bread. Only drawback, it usually needs to be eaten with a knife and fork :-)
  17046687
March 12, 2012 8:59 AM
QUOTE:

I cut it off because my limit is 1200 calories a day, so those little bits add up

Then why not skip the bread all together?
  14718047
March 12, 2012 8:59 AM
I couldn't even imagine eating bread on a 1200 calorie diet :P
March 12, 2012 9:05 AM
Now your hair won't curl.

(that's what my grandmother would tell you, lol.)
Edited by sweettthings On March 12, 2012 9:06 AM
March 12, 2012 9:07 AM
I cut the crust off of my bread too. I started doing this for my grand kids who don't like the crust and then I started doing it for myself too. The bread I use weighs 3 ounces for 2 slices, when I cut off the crust it weighs 2 ounces. I'm sure it changes the calorie count but I just leave it as is. I have found I prefer my bread without crust but I still do like to make myself a sandwich:)
  63210
March 12, 2012 9:09 AM
QUOTE:

I cut it off because my limit is 1200 calories a day, so those little bits add up


Then why not cut the bread in half like a half a sandwich and load it up?
March 12, 2012 9:15 AM
QUOTE:

why not stick to one piece of bread, or slice it more thinly, rather than cutting off crust?


  2653581
March 12, 2012 9:23 AM
This is pure genius!
March 12, 2012 9:27 AM
QUOTE:

I had two slices of bread, weighing 73g together. When I cut the crust off the crust weighed 36g. So that means the total bread weight leftover was 37g. Is that what I count for calories? Would it be accurate to say the crust has more calories in it since it weighs more?

in this bread 1g= 2.27 calories

If the crust weighs 36g and there are 2.27 calories per g then you know how many calories are in the crust... what was the question again?
March 12, 2012 9:32 AM
if you remove part of your bread, you are saving calories, but wasting food.
March 12, 2012 9:35 AM
Funny, I started on this kick last week!

I make my own bread and find that, on a 3 ounce slice, the crust is as much a 1 ounce.

What's the value in the extra ounce?

According to a study done in Germany in 2002, the crust contains a very high percentage of antioxidants that are created when the bread cooks. There was a follow up study done in '09, IIRC, that confirmed the results.

I don't have the links handy but they're a Google away.


Insofar as calories are concerned my hunch is that the crust contains fewer calories than an ounce of bread because the carbs in the crust have been cooked to the point where they're brittle and brown which I suspect reduces the caloric value.

Does the Maillard reaction occur in the crust?

[Google foo engaged]

Ah, yes, the Wiki - where would we be without it?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maillard_reaction

Haven't read the article yet but it looked interesting when I skimmed it.
  3140117
March 12, 2012 9:36 AM
When I have a sesame seed bun, I take off all of the seeds. Saves me 5 calories! Great job on the dedication!
March 12, 2012 9:38 AM
73g x 2.27cal = 165.71 cal

36g x 2.27cal = 81.72 cal

165.71 cal - 81.72 cal = 83.99 cal

83.99 cal is your answer.

I think.... wait, what was the question?
  397159
March 12, 2012 9:40 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I cut it off because my limit is 1200 calories a day, so those little bits add up


Then why not cut the bread in half like a half a sandwich and load it up?

That's what I usually do - one slice of bread, all the filling! Makes a thick sandwich, but not too thick that I can't eat it! tongue I almost always have half the bread, all the meat, and sides of fruit and/or veggies.
  6941661
March 12, 2012 9:47 AM
The only advantage to this I can think of is your eating less so of course there is less calories in it and usually the crust is baste in butter to make it shine so prob has more calories right there than the bread inside? But I do not eat soft breads so do not have to worry about it :)
March 12, 2012 9:50 AM
I like my breadcrust o.O
March 12, 2012 9:51 AM
Trying to limit my bread. I could eat a loaf of crusty bread with a hunk of sharp cheddar cheese all by myself. YUm Yum
March 12, 2012 9:52 AM
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When I have a sesame seed bun, I take off all of the seeds. Saves me 5 calories! Great job on the dedication!


wow, you're taking the piss out of someone on a diet forum for asking a question about dieting. You really are winning at the internet.
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