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Monday, February 22, 2010

How do I calculate points for Deep Fried Food?

First, I want to say I'm not a nutritionist, but the reason fried food is so bad for you is because it absorbs a lot of oil which increases the calories and points. This is a complicated question to figure out just how many points to add to your fried food. It depends on how much oil is absorbed in the frying process. Perhaps measuring the amount of oil you start with and the amount of oil that is left after you fry, then dividing it between the amount of servings you make can give you an idea of how much oil is absorbed. Deep frying in high heat should absorb the least amount of oil. When I must fry, I usually stir fry or shallow fry using the minimum amount of oil I think is necessary and I count points for all the oil I use. If anyone would like to add to this or comment, I would love to hear from you.

21 comments:

♥ Shrinking Kenz ♥ said...

I don't eat many fried foods these days, but even on days in which I'd consider it I have no idea how to point it out.

Your idea is better than any I've heard so far. I'll definitely try it then next time I fry something..

JANIE said...

I NEED A RECIPE FOR COD, I DON'T WANT FRIED THO...ANY IDEAS ???

susan said...

Gina
Do you have a recipe for a low fat bread pudding.I would love to make some for Easter.
Suzanne

Ps
I have taken pork chops and chicken breast flaten .spray some pam on them them dip them in bread crumbs and put them on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam and Bake a 450 for 20 minutes.You gave me the idea.try doing fish this way .comes out great with the chicken and chops.Im trying this for dinner to night

Anonymous said...

Gina I found this recipe on another website and it is for fried onion rings (which I love, but am trying to stay away from unless I can be sure they will fit into my points) Would you give me your opinion about this recipe if it truly would be considered 4 points a serving? Thank you for your time and all your wonderful recipes

Maui Onion Rings

4 POINTS
per serving




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Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups flour
12 ounces Killians red -- or other ale
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 maui onions
salt
oil -- for deep frying



Instructions:


1. Combine flour, cornstarch and salt and pepper to taste in large bowl.
2. Whisk in ale until smooth.
3. Cut onions into 1/4- to 1/3-inch-thick slices.
4. Heat oil in deep fryer to 400F.
5. Coat onion rings with batter.
6. Gently add to hot oil without crowding pan and cook until golden brown.
7. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.


Yield: 4 Servings
4 POINTS per serving



Nutrition information:
Per serving: 216 calories, .5g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 41.8g carbohydrates, 5.2 protein, 2.7g fiber

Gina said...

I'm sorry for the delay in response, it doesn't say how much oil is used so really I would be guessing!

Anonymous said...

Janie, I have an *amazing* cod recipe I just tried and will go to again and again. It would work equally well with haddock, perch, maybe even tilapia (although I'm not a fan!)

I used 2 cod filets, 6 oz. each, 1/4 c. panko bread crumbs seasoned with lemon zest, fresh parsley, a pinch of sea salt and cracked black pepper, 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon).
2. Lay dark side (skin side) of cod down on cooking-sprayed baking sheet. Coat each filet with dijon mustard (not too thick, just enough to cover).
3. Dip mustard-coated side only into seasoned panko bread crumbs. Press down to coat evenly.
4. Return to baking sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes per inch of thickness.

Serving size = 1 filet. WW points = 3, per Weight Watchers site Recipe Builder. If you use whole wheat panko or crushed original Fiber One cereal for breading, the points may be lower - not sure.

AZGypsie said...
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AZGypsie said...

Sorry, I need to fix my last post quickly before I gave you bad info. I don't fry often and fried foods tend to give me heartburn, but I do know that the hotter the oil, the less it is absorbed into whatever you are cooking. One thing I do "fry" is my tortillas when making tacos. I don't really fry them, more like give them a hot oil treatment, if you would. But I use Gina's method to measure what is absorbed in that process. I add 2 cups of oil to a sauce pan, heat and prepare my tortillas, then allow the oil to cool. I find that, in general, I use about 4 tablespoons of oil to prepare 2 dozen tacos. That's is a calculable amount and I can use it to figure Points for my tacos in general. If you are interested in my technique of making tacos, see April 17, 2010 on my blog.

Anonymous said...

I've come across the same issue since starting to count calories and have an idea. I'm going to make homemade egg rolls tonight, so I'll weigh the raw egg roll first, then fry and drain on paper towel. Then weigh again to see how much oil was absorbed.

Anonymous said...

I measure the oil that goes into the pan and then I measure it again when I pour it out. I find the less time the food stays in the hot oil, the less oil is absorbed. For this reason, I don't fry in as little oil as possible since the food never browns to my liking and stays in what little oil there is way too long.

Anonymous said...

In WW Points Plus Book it says Olive Oil is 1 point for a Teaspoon, while the nutrition value calculation say it is 1 point for a Tablespoon BIG difference. Anybody know for sure what right?

Anonymous said...

I heard at a meeting that 1 teaspoon equals one point.

Gina @ Skinnytaste said...

Yes, that is correct.

Lisa said...

I was so huge but a doctor near by adviced me to avoid oil and check. from then on i stopped eating oil foods. like i totally had raw stuff and veggies. in 3 months came back to my original position.How Many Calories Counter

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