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NIRERIN Posts: 14,704
10/21/19 5:51 P

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The first thing to remember is that there are weight ounces (oz) and there are fluid ounces (fl oz, often just shortened to oz as well), and fluid oz are a volume measurement. If this makes your head hurt look for grams on the label and use those.

If your can of peaches says it has eight servings, everything in the can is included in the eight servings. Usually most fruit is packed in juice or syrup, and it is included in the nutrition information. So if you divide up everything, liquid included, into eight equal portions that would be your serving of peaches as the label states. Again, use the gram weight where possible if you want to avoid the headache of which ounce you are using.

You can search online for nutrition info for drained peaches and use that. Most recipes will specify what they are, just like when they ask for a cup of chopped broccoli (chop first then measure), a cup of broccoli (which is later chopped), packed brown sugar (jammed in) or sifted flour (sifted into cup, not packed down at all). If your recipe calls for a 24 oz can of peaches, then tells you to drain it, they already know that you won't have the full volume for the recipe.

-google first. ask questions later.

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10/21/19 10:06 A

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If the serving size on the label doesn't specify, it's usually as is.

So unless the serving size for the peaches say "3 oz, drained" (for example), it would be the peaches plus the liquid.

For meat, it would be the raw meat unless it specified "3 oz, cooked".

For how it impacts the greatly depends on what the food is and what it might be packed in. Draining the liquid off of a can of tuna packed in oil would have a much greater effect than draining the liquid off a can of tuna packed in water.

Hope that helps some!

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10/21/19 9:58 A

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I never could understand what a serving is, especially if the food contains a liquid. For example, the nutrition label for a can of peaches packed in water may show there are 8 servings in the can. If you drain the water from the peaches, then use the peaches in a recipe, you are not using 24 ounces of peaches, maybe about 20 ounces. Do you just pretend that you are using 24 ounces? How is the nutrition values for your recipe impacted?

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