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Re: [IP] carb count for corn-on-the-cob



On Sun, 14 Jul 2002, George wrote:

> On 14 Jul 2002 at 11:57, Michael Robinton wrote:
>
> > On Sun, 14 Jul 2002, loretta k wrote:
> > > Hi!
> > > Does anyone know how to figure out the carb counts for
> > > corn-on-the-cob?  The ears are so variable in size, as are the
> > > sizes of the corn kernels themselves.
> > > Do I try to figure out by weight?  Inches?  Number of kernels?  ;-)
> > >
>
> > The definitive method is to strip the kernels with a knife and measure by
> > volume  -- sorry, don't know the carbs per unit volume, however this
> > method will give consistent results. After you do it for a while, you can
> > probably estimate by looking at the corn on the ear.
> > Michael
> >
>
> The figures from USDA are
>
> Volume                                  1 ear (avg)             1/2 cup
> Weight               100 gm           77 gm                  82 gm
> Carbs                25.11 gm        19.34 gm             20.59 gm
>
> An alternative method would be to weigh the ear of corn before and after eating, thus obtaining the weight of corn consumed.     :>)
>
The weight method is not as accurate for corn, pasta, rice, potatoes, and
many other foods that when cooked can have variable fluid content. Volume
isn't particularly dependent on moisture content for most of these types
of food so it will give you a more accurate measure of the carbs.

Michael
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