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August 17, 2012 11:31 AM
I love MFP but often there are conflicting numbers for the calorie count. Anyone have a true figure for the amount of calories in a grilled chicken breast? I eat a lot of chicken and would like to be accurate! :)
August 17, 2012 11:37 AM
I would say that depends on how many oz it weighs.
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August 17, 2012 11:39 AM
110 calories for 3 oz
  18376339
August 17, 2012 11:39 AM
It'll vary based on who logged it and how they cooked it. For example, if someone grills it dry, someone else uses nonstick spray, and someone else brushes it with oil, you'll see three different calorie counts (and that doesn't take into account people's imperfect attempts to estimate or fudge the numbers).

Your best bet is to log what you know you're putting in. Weigh the breast yourself before you cook it and log the nutrition for that. If you use a tablespoon of oil or some seasoning, log that. Then you know it'll be accurate for what you are actually eating.
  16412779
August 17, 2012 11:39 AM
And it depends how you cook it - olive oil, pam butter I usually log raw and then add what ever I cook it with
  61964
August 17, 2012 11:40 AM
The chicken breast I buy have the cals on the package so that's what I use.
  6285423
August 17, 2012 11:40 AM
an oz of chicken breast grilled no skin is 47 calories.
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August 17, 2012 11:49 AM
You can't accurately get a caloric count for already cooked chicken unless it's a mass produced product being cooked under the exact same conditions every single time and has had professional nutrition analysis.

This is because meat loses moisture when you cook it, how long your cook it and how you cook it is part of what determines how much moisture is loses.

So if you start with 4oz of boneless, skinless, chicken breast (120 calories) and cook it, with no other ingredients, just to the point of no longer being pink inside, you will have about 3.2-3.4oz of cooked chicken (120 calories).

If you start with 4oz of boneless, skinless, chicken breast (120 calories) and cook it, with no other ingredients, to the point that it's overcooked and dry inside, you will have about 2.6-2.8oz of cooked chicken (120 calories).

So always weigh your meat prior to cooking and use that to enter your nutrition data into your diary.
August 17, 2012 11:51 AM
The most accurate count is gotten by sending your chicken to a lab for testing. Of course that I'll destroy the chicken and you won't be able to eat it, but at least you'll know exactly how many calories you saved by not eating the chicken at all!
  1836031
August 17, 2012 11:52 AM
I agree on the log each thing idea (the chicken, then the oil or butter, etc), but what is the base, breast only? Already in this thread there are 2 different answers. 110 and 120. i know in the grand scheme of things 10 calories is nothing, but I am curious, can can people figure it out for ourselves, what the base chicken is?
  23358157
August 17, 2012 11:54 AM
The replies here have already hammered home the point about the database. Three people have stated with confidence two different values for raw chicken.

If three people just on this thread have differed there must be dozens (at least) of varying records on the database for raw chicken.
Edited by shelbyfrootcake On August 17, 2012 11:54 AM
August 17, 2012 11:56 AM
What color were its feathers? Without that info there is really no way of knowing.
August 17, 2012 12:10 PM
Go to the USDA database, and find boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Granted it's only an estimate at best. From there you can reduce the amount of calories in a chicken breast by removing any white (fat / tendon) material with a pair of scissors. Most of the fat from chicken is not intramuscular. Then go into the food database, and create yourself a custom food entry, accounting for the fat you've just removed (all an estimation). Finally, like others have said, weigh your food before you cook it.
August 17, 2012 12:13 PM
QUOTE:

The most accurate count is gotten by sending your chicken to a lab for testing. Of course that I'll destroy the chicken and you won't be able to eat it, but at least you'll know exactly how many calories you saved by not eating the chicken at all!


^^^This

Chickens every where are thanking you for sticking up for them!
  155522
August 17, 2012 12:13 PM
QUOTE:

The chicken breast I buy have the cals on the package so that's what I use.



Same here!
  20532743
August 17, 2012 12:14 PM
QUOTE:

I would say that depends on how many oz it weighs.


about 45-50cals per oz (ingredient dependant)
August 17, 2012 12:16 PM
If I find conflicting calorie amounts on something, I just take the higher one.
But generally I will calculate the calories myself based on raw ingredients!
  17395353
August 17, 2012 12:16 PM
raw chicken is approx 40 cal per ounce.
  25784671
August 17, 2012 12:16 PM
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Edited by nejibhoy On August 17, 2012 12:16 PM
August 17, 2012 12:17 PM
I Generally look at at least 2 or 3 values for an item the first time check that the macro's are added and then use the highest one the same as with the exercise I check MFP my HRM and sometimes my Nike+ app or my pedometer and use the lowest calories burned for the exercise period
so highest calories - lowest exercise calories burned = a safe bet on my diarie entries
  4580335
August 17, 2012 12:17 PM
QUOTE:

What color were its feathers? Without that info there is really no way of knowing.



HA!!
  25784671
August 17, 2012 12:18 PM
I use the figure of 30 calories per ounce for boneless, skinless, all fat removed, chicken breasts - baked, grilled, or otherwise prepared without oil or fat. I weigh my portion after cooking.

Chicken contains a lot of water...if you cook it until it's dry - it will have more calories per ounce since all the water has been cooked out of it.

You will find many different calorie counts depending on where you look. Pick one and use it - you aren't going to mess up your calorie intake if you are a couple of calories per ounce off!

Good luck!
  20757594
August 17, 2012 12:34 PM
I had a 4oz fillet for lunch today and it came in at

184 cal
34g protein
4g fat
0 carb

So to get the values for 1oz, just divide that up by 4.
August 17, 2012 1:00 PM
I use the USDA database site, which says 114 calories for 100g of raw, skinless, boneless chicken breast meat.

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/831
  14296516
August 17, 2012 1:24 PM
QUOTE:

110 calories for 3 oz


So I didn't do too bad cal. wise with my 16 oz., cool.
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