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How do you calculate the nutritional value on your recipe hubs?
The recipe capsule has a section for nutritional value, but I never fill it in when I post new recipes, because I don't know the values. How do you find out about the nutritional value of your recipes? And do you think it's accurate?
For my simple recipes I go online and note down values from at least 3 different websites and then estimate what the values will be in the hub according the weights. Not strictly scientific but I try and make sure I'm reasonably accurate.
The capsule then automatically turns the figures into percentages?
It's probably up to you - if you feel this might be inaccurate then there's no pressure on you to fill in a nutritional capsule!
There are a few ways to figure out the nutritional value if you are looking to figure out just the calories in a meal research the carbohydrates (in grams) times 4, fat (in grams) times 9, and protein grams times 4. Multiply them and then add them together. I find these values by looking on the box or can or by looking in a dietary glossary that list the food or product I am using. It can be very complex to figure out right down to the vitamins and so on so I do not usually list any nutritional value. I am not quite sure how many hubbers do actually take the time to calculate the actual value if any at all and if it was listed I would have to ask myself are they just guessed numbers or did they maybe copy this hub from someone else's blog. Here is an example of how to figure you calories that I have learned from a college textbook on nutrition and diet therapy that I am currently studying.
carbs are 6 grams times 4 = 24
fat is 10 grams times 9 = 90
protien grams are 4 times 4 = 16
so 24+90+16=126 calories.
Another way to break down your nutritional values is by learning to read your labels and break it down in to servings. If you use a can of peas while making pasta that have 110 calories per serving and your can serves 4 and you use the whole can of peas you would mulitiply 110 times 4 which would be 440 total calories. You would add that amount of calories to your meal. Then you would read the box of pasta. there are 4 servings of whole wheat pasta at 150 calories per cooked serving and you make the entire box so you would then mulitply 150 times 4 =600 so therefore 600 + 440 = 1040 so if you divided that meal with just the pasta and peas between 4 people you would divide 1040 by 4 to get 260 calories per serving.
hmmmm I see, very interesting. thanks for the tips!
Your welcome it's kind of confusing in a way but once you get it down its not so bad. The second way I told you is a method I use at home however it is only an estimation but I think its close to right.
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