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Old 05-31-2006, 07:24 AM   #1
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Counting oil in resturant meals

if you are counting calories, how would you estimate the amount of oil in a dish??


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Old 05-31-2006, 08:29 AM   #2
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The best way is simply to know how the various dishes on the menu are cooked (e.g. fried, sauteed, steamed, boiled). Items that are described as being fried, deep-fried, pan-fried, shallow-fried or sauteed are going to have a relatively high fat content simply due to the nature of these cooking methods.

Look for items on the menu that are described as being poached, steamed, boiled, grilled (taking grilling to mean over high heat with very little added fat, though this is not always the case), roasted or baked. These would generally be lower in fat than the ones I mentioned earlier. Stir-frying can be a bit hit and miss; although you can do it with fairly little oil, it is traditional in Chinese cooking (as far as I know), for example, to use substantial amounts of oil when cooking in a wok (of course it depends on the dish as well).

Additionally you also look at what the dish actually contains such as sauces or dressings (e.g. vinaigrette, mayonnaise, hollandaise, coconut cream or milk) and side dishes (e.g. mashed potato, polenta are typically made with fair amounts of butter/cream/cheese).
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:40 AM   #3
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grilled (taking grilling to mean over high heat with very little added fat, though this is not always the case), is this called 'dry heat"?
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:13 AM   #4
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...is this called 'dry heat"?
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Yes it is. Grilling, roasting, baking, broiling are considered dry heat.

If you're counting calories, the best you can do is estimate the caloric content of a restaurant meal. As has already been said, be selective on what you order.

A tablespoon of fat is about 120 calories. Foods fried in oil would not contain a full TB so count less than the 120.
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Old 05-31-2006, 10:37 PM   #5
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It's not the oil you should be worrying about, it's the butter. A lot of restaurants will give you more fat and calories through butter than oil.
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