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Old 12-29-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Food math question.

I apologize if this is in the wrong sub forum, BUT


I have a math question. And it's about prepared masa dough I've purchased from an authentic Mexican store. Any way's here's the question.

In the nutritional facts it said 590g of sodium for 90 grams by weight.


So if I used 2 tbps just enough to spread on the corn husks I've had about 100-250 per tamale right, not including the other ingredients correct?

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Old 12-29-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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Am I missing some of the equation here?
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Corn flour, masa, enriched, white
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:39 PM   #4
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Am I missing some of the equation here?
According to the nutritional facts on the back of the container. It's ready prepaired.

Thanks Wyogal, I'll take a look see. By the way gang an off topic statement.

I've been watching my weight and sodium so much I weigh 178 pounds now.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:45 PM   #5
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I apologize if this is in the wrong sub forum, BUT


I have a math question. And it's about prepared masa dough I've purchased from an authentic Mexican store. Any way's here's the question.

In the nutritional facts it said 590g of sodium for 90 grams by weight.


So if I used 2 tbps just enough to spread on the corn husks I've had about 100-250 per tamale right, not including the other ingredients correct?
That would be 590 mg of sodium per 90 grams of prepared masa. You cannot make the calculation you made accurately because you don't know how much a tablespoon of the prepared masa weighs. Milligrams and grams are units for measuring weight while a tablespoon is a measure of volume.
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Old 12-29-2009, 12:51 PM   #6
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Thank you Andy for the help.

Hmm, I'm lost now. Oh well, one tomale a day will be Ok.

I've made about 15 of them this morning.
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:02 PM   #7
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Thank you Andy for the help.

Hmm, I'm lost now. Oh well, one tomale a day will be Ok.

I've made about 15 of them this morning.
Do you have a scale?
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Old 12-29-2009, 01:04 PM   #8
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Weigh out 90 grams of the prepared masa.

Portion it by tablespoon.

Divide 590 by the number of tablespoons.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:18 PM   #9
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LOL - without knowing the weight per volume there is no easy way to calculate this.

But, you can figure it out with a little effort:

1# of your masa dough weighs 454 grams
  1. Divide that by 90 grams and you get 5
  2. Divide your 1# of dough into 5 equal parts and you have 5 90g portions
  3. Divide one 90g portion by tablespoons
  4. The sodium content per tablespoon will be as jennyema said - 590 divided by the number of tablespoons
OR

  1. Make all your tamales (using the entire 1# of dough)
  2. Divide 2950 by the number of tamales you made
  3. This will give you the sodium content in mg per tamale
For example: If you get 1 dozen tamales from the 1# of dough, 2950/12 = 245 mg sodium (from the dough) per tamale.
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Old 12-29-2009, 08:12 PM   #10
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or look up a recipe that has nutritional data (and then follow the recipe)... for example:
Tamales De Puerco (Shredded Pork Tamales) - 205347 - Recipezaar (not necessarily low sodium)
or check out some of these sites:
recipes with nutritional information - Google Search
One can use a nutritional calculator to enter a recipe, then it calculates the nutritional data for each serving.
You might want to check with your doctor and ask for advice concerning a low sodium cookbook.
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